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State to set up task force on tackling virus


Governor fears COVID-19 cases worsening in winter


By Andy Davis, Lara Farrar
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he plans to appoint a "covid-19 winter task force" to study ways to keep the state's hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

He spoke as the state tally of cases rose by 1,809 -- the third-highest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic.

The state death toll from the virus, as tracked by the Department of Health, rose by 18, to 2,144.

Speaking to city officials and others in a videoconference, Hutchinson said the task force will be responsible for "looking at the winter and our hospitalization levels and what steps we can take to make sure that we don't use up all of our space." READ MORE.

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