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WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson holds press briefing amid COVID spike

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson held a press briefing on Thursday, as residents in the southern state continue to experience a spike of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Watch Hutchinson’s remarks in the player above.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson said in a tweet: “These deaths are fellow Arkansans, neighbors and friends, and they are mostly avoidable with the vaccine.”

Only about 39 percent of all people in Arkansas are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.