Governor announces more money for protective equipment

Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s approved an additional $45 million to purchase protective equipment for medical providers and for ventilators due to the spread of the coronavirus. Hutchinson said Monday the money is in addition to $30 million previously approved and will be used when the equipment becomes available. The announcement comes as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in the state. Hutchinson said the number of cases is at least 473 and the number deaths due to COVID-19 rose by one, to seven.  The vast majority of those who contract COVID-19 recover.

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