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11.23.20 – LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KY3)

FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Gov.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is hopeful a decline in cases of COVID-19 is a good sign.

Health leaders reported 1,017 new cases of the coronavirus. Hospitalizations increased by a dozen to 974 patients across the state. The state reported an additional 30 deaths on Monday.

Gov. Hutchinson warned Arkansans to monitor their activity for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We saw a decrease in new cases from last Monday, and this is a hopeful sign; but our hospitalizations are still going up,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “How we handle Thanksgiving this year will determine our hospitalizations around Christmas. Thanks for being a part of turning this fight around.”

The Health Department reported the top counties for new cases are Pulaski, 157; Washington, 75; Benton, 69; Sebastian, 57; and Saline, 54.

The governor will address the state Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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