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State Planning To Distribute Hand Sanitizer To Minority Groups

LITTLE ROCK — The State of Arkansas is receiving sanitizer and would like to distribute them to minority groups.

Melissa Rangel, a constituent services counselor in Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office, is spearheading outreach for the effort.

She can be contacted at 501-683-6417 or

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described “alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens.”

The agency notes “ABHR formulations in the range of alcohol concentrations recommended by CDC, inactivate SARS-CoV-2,” the virus that causes COVID-19.

After a relatively calm spring, Arkansas is seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in the Northwest corner of the state, according the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The World Trade Center Arkansas has compiled a growing list of Arkansas companies and manufacturers who ares stepping up to produce personal-protective-equipment (PPE) to meet urgent needs.

A list of products needed in Arkansas can be found here.

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. The center is part of the University of Arkansas and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the center on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter.