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COVID: State receives 211,000 at-home tests; Crawford tests positive

Arkansas receives 211,000 at-home COVID-19 tests from feds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has received the first 211,000 of the 1.5 million at-home rapid COVID-19 tests it has requested from federal officials. 

In a statement Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office says the state will begin distributing those tests shortly to be made available free to Arkansas residents. 

The tests’ cost of about $10 million will be covered by funds already existing in the state’s COVID-19 response budget. 

The tests will be available at local public libraries, public health offices, and other locations, and the National Guard will help deliver the at-home tests.

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Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford tests positive for COVID-19

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (pictured) says he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a statement issued Monday by his staff, the 55-year-old Arkansas Republican said he was fully vaccinated but contracted the coronavirus late last week.  

It was unclear whether he has received a booster shot. Crawford said he has no significant symptoms, feels well, and expects no complications. However, said he will remain in isolation this week at his home in Jonesboro and intends to cast his House votes by proxy. 

Crawford is in his sixth term serving the 1st Congressional District in eastern Arkansas.

Image by US House Office of Photography

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