Arkansas governor: Easing virus surgery limits a priority

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FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Gov. Hutchinson is resisting issuing a broad stay-at-home order to curb the coronavirus outbreak, even as the state's cases continue to increase. Health officials on Thursday, March 2, 2020, said the number of coronavirus cases in the state had risen to at least 643, with two additional deaths. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

By ANDREW DeMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor says that reopening the state’s hospitals to elective surgeries is a priority when the state prepares to ease restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he’ll meet Friday with a medical advisory board he formed to consider criteria for easing restrictions ordered because of the virus outbreak. Health officials said the number of coronavirus cases in the state as of Thursday has risen to at least 1,620 people. Four more people have died from the virus, bringing the state’s total deaths to 37.

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