Hutchinson also announced effective immediately, Arkansans age 16 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Arkansas will receive around 25,000 additional doses of the vaccine this week.
Arkansas is reporting 163 new positive COVID-19 cases, along with 5 new deaths and 152 people in the hospital with the virus. A total of 477,857 people have been fully vaccinated in the state.
Gov. Hutchinson said the state is behind on vaccinating minority communities. He said 77 percent of all vaccinations have gone to white Arkansans.