Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces distribution of COVID at-home test kits

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 1:28 PM CST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (WMC) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson held his weekly briefing Tuesday to discuss the state’s response to the omicron variant as cases rage across the natural state.

“Right now, active cases have doubled since the last week,” Hutchinson said. “One week ago we were at 32,000 and today we’re at over 64,000 active cases. Hospitalizations have increased by 373 since last week. Now, we have over 1,100 hospitalized with COVID.”

In response to the rapid increase, Hutchinson announced they have increased hospital capacity by 265 beds.

He also said they are working to increase access to testing, which includes ordering over 1-million at-home test kits that will be delivered periodically.

“You can go to health.arkansas.gov and you can see the locations where the at-home test are being distributed and I should add they are free of charge,” Hutchinson said. “They do not cost you. This is where you go. There will be a limited supply. There’s limited on how many can be given out. It’s all dependent on supply. We want to make what we have available to all Arkansans.”

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are already available at the locations indicated on the map.
Free at-home COVID-19 tests are already available at the locations indicated on the map.(Arkansas Department of Health)

He said the state already has 600,000 at-home test kits ready to distribute to the public.

“Omicron is here,” Hutchinson said. “It is here. It is raging across Arkansas, but what we see from the data internationally and nationally is that this will pass through. So we are anxious for that to happen.”

Watch the full press conference in the video player above.

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