LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Last week, Gov. Hutchinson announced a state-wide mandate for the state of Arkansas. The mask mandate will take effect on Monday, July 20.
The governor said this decision came after conversations with those on the front-lines and legislators. He said that the fight against COVID-19 will likely get harder, not easier, and this is a way to enlist everyone in the fight.
The state unemployment rate decreased from 9.6% in May to 8% in June. The national rate is 11.1%.
Key facts to know:
- 36,259 known positive cases of COVID-19 in aArkansas
- 7,009 active cases as of July 23
- 386 reported deaths as of July 23
- 480 hospitalizations
- 107 on ventilators
- 28,864 recoveries as of July 23