LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a series of what he calls “community COVID conversations” across the state to persuade more Arkansans to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as the disease makes a comeback in the state. Hutchinson said Tuesday he wants to hear and answer concerns reluctant residents have about getting vaccinated in Arkansas, which has vaccination rate lower than the national average. Hutchinson’s first event is scheduled for Thursday in Cabot. He said 270 new COVID-19 cases with 55 new hospitalizations and six new deaths had been reported since Monday. He said 98% to 99% of those hospitalized weren’t vaccinated. Hutchinson also called for businesses to give employees paid time off to be vaccinated.