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Arkansas reports 10 more virus deaths as new cases slow

The Associated Press
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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas on Thursday reported 10 more deaths from the coronavirus as this week's snowstorms continued to slow vaccinations and testing.

The Department of Health reported Arkansas' COVID-19 deaths now total 5,323. The state's new virus cases grew by only 253 to 314,445. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 23 to 625.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Arkansas has decreased by nearly 63%, according to figures compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

"Our vaccine numbers have slowed over the past few days, and we anticipate these numbers to increase once the roads clear up throughout the state," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. "We hope that vaccine uptake will continue among those who are eligible. I ask that, once it's your turn, you roll up your sleeve and help protect your community."

The Health Department reported 493,776 of the 752,525 coronavirus vaccine doses the state has received have been given so far.