Arkansas governor allows state’s COVID emergency to end

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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)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ emergency declaration because of the coronavirus has expired, but the state’s governor says the state is still in a very serious situation because of COVID-19. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he allowed the emergency to expire and would not seek an extension. But Hutchinson said that’s only because he didn’t need additional emergency powers to respond to the pandemic. Hutchinson reinstated the emergency in July and it expired on Monday. The state reported 800 new coronavirus cases and 21 additional COVID-19 deaths.