President Biden, Gov. Hutchinson discuss COVID-19 surge in Arkansas, federal response


President Joe Biden ((AP Photo/Matt Slocum) & Governor Asa Hutchinson ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (KNWA/KFTA) — As the number of available intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Arkansas dwindles amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, President Joe Biden and Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke on Monday to discuss what more the federal government can do to offer support to the state.

The Biden administration last month announced COVID-19 Surge Response resources, including increased testing, treatment, and vaccination support.

According to a release from the White House on Tuesday, the Surge Response teams are “working hand in hand with state officials to help get the virus under control.”

During the call, Biden commended Hutchinson for efforts to get more Arkansans vaccinated, including through his Community COVID Conversations, noting a recent uptick in vaccinations in Arkansas.

According to the release, Hutchinson thanked Biden for his support, and “the two leaders committed to continue to work together to protect the health and well-being of all Arkansans.”

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