By Associated Press - Friday, March 19, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations dropped further on Friday as the state reported 14 new deaths from the virus.

The Department of Health reported active cases, or ones that don’t include people who have recovered or died, dropped by 71 to 2,663. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations fell by 12 to 233, while COVID-19 deaths now total 5,529.

The state reported 228 new virus cases, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 328,273.

The department said 21,545 additional doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered. So far, more than 924,000 of the 1.6 million doses allotted to the state have been given.

The state earlier this week expanded the vaccine’s eligibility to nearly 1 million more people.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday also announced the state was extending its deadline to file state income taxes to May 17. The move coincides with the extension of the federal tax deadline.

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