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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson uses a chart to show actual hospitalized patients and the projected number during his daily briefing about the coronavirus Friday at the state Capitol. More photos at arkansasonline.com/411covid/. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)

Governor Asa Hutchinson has extended Arkansas’s COVID-19 public health and disaster emergency for an additional 45 days, he announced at a news conference on Tuesday.

He originally declared the emergency on March 11 and amended it on March 26.

The Governor has also issued an updated directive for out-of-state travelers.

Under this new directive, all travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans, and all international locations must follow quarantine directives outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith. Governor Hutchinson and Secretary Smith have identified these locations based on the high level of COVID-19 cases in each state or region.

The Secretary of Health may amend the list of quarantine locations as the situation progresses.

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