Gov Hutchinson tests negative for COVID-19

Coronavirus

UPDATE:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Governor Hutchinson announced that he tested negative for both antigen and PCR COVID tests today.  He says that he will be tested again on Monday

UPDATE:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Governor Hutchinson says that he received two negative COVID-19 test results today, a negative antigen test and a negative PCR test.

The Governor says he will continue holding virtual meetings and limiting public appearances this week out of concern for the comfort level of others.

UPDATE:

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he had been tested again for COVID-19 and was awaiting results

ORIGINAL STORY:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson gave an update on Arkansas’s COVID-19 response. 

At the beginning of the press conference, the governor said last week he was in a meeting with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.

The meeting was on Friday, October 16 in the Governor’s conference room in Little Rock.

According to the governor, out of what he calls an “abundance of caution,” he will be limiting his meetings.

“While the meeting did not authorize the level of CDC quarantine guidance, I will be limiting my meetings in order to make sure that we don’t inadvertently expose anyone and for that reason, we are doing this remotely today,” Governor Hutchinson says.

The governor did take an antigen and PCR test on Monday. Both of those tests have came back negative.

As of Tuesday , the Arkansas Department of Health reported 844 new cases making a total of 100,441 cases. There were 637 hospitalized, which is up 24 from Monday.

14 deaths added today for a total of 1,728.

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