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March 16, 2020 2:35 PM

COVID-19 INFORMATION

On March 16, 2020, Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson declared a city-wide Public Health Emergency in response to COVID-19. City offices and facilities are open, some with restrictions or reservations necessary. Contact the department or division directly to see their requirements. Masks are required for entry in order to comply with Governor Hutchinson's mask mandate.

3rd Renewal of Declaration of State of Local Disaster Emergency
WHEREAS, on the 16th day of March, 2020, the City Administrator of the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, found that certain conditions had caused, or imminently threatened to cause, widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property in disastrous proportion in Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, such conditions created a state of affairs which endangered the public health, safety and welfare of persons and property within the borders of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, under and by virtue of the authority vested in him by AC.A. § 12-75-108 (2018); Local disaster emergencies - Declaration, the City Administrator did thereby declare that a state of local disaster emergency existed; and
WHEREAS, on the 20th day of July, 2020, the City Administrator renewed said declaration for an additional sixty days in conformity with the extension of the Governor's state-wide declaration of emergency and ongoing presence of the certain conditions underlying the original declaration; and
WHEREAS, on the 11th day of September, 2020 the City Administration renewed said declaration for an addition sixty days in conformity with the extension of the Governor's state-wide declaration of emergency and ongoing presence of the certain conditions underlying the original declaration; and
WHEREAS, on the 10th day of November, 2020, the City Administrator of the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas finds that the aforesaid conditions have not abated and continue to pose a severe and immediate threat to life and health.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT DECLARED by the City Administrator of Siloam Springs, Arkansas:
That the City Administrator, under and by virtue of the authority vested in him by A.C.A. § 12-75-108 (2018); Local disaster emergencies -Declaration, does hereby declare that a state of local disaster emergency is hereby renewed for an additional sixty (60) days.
That the area within the borders of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, covered by this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency shall be the following area of Siloam Springs, Arkansas: CITY WIDE
That this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Clerk.
That this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency authorizes the continued activation of the response and recovery aspects of all local disaster emergency plans which are applicable to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and the rendering of aid and assistance there under.
That any rights or powers lawfully exercised, or any actions taken pursuant to local disaster emergency plans, shall continue and have full force and effect as authorized by law unless modified or terminated in the manner prescribed by law.
DECLARED BY THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CITY OF SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, THIS 10TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2020.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CITY OF SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

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December 1, 2020 2:34 PM

Governor Hutchinson 12/1/2020 COVID Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb6iC0sHkdY
-> 37% of ICU beds are used by COVID patients. In some regions, that number is much higher (57% in Southwest region). 35% in Northwest region
-> Hospitals, healthcare workers, Governor’s office, ADH are all working together to have a plan for increased hospital bed usage by COVID patients.
-> In the last 24 hours: an additional 1,142 confirmed cases, 808 probable cases = 1950 total new cases
-> Up 11 hospitalizations to 1,074
-> Up 10 deaths to 2,521 Arkansans who have died from COVID
-> Testing= 5,165 PCR tests; 4,365 antigen tests came in Monday.
-> Top counties: Pulaski 178, Benton 171, Washington 140, Saline 101, Greene 92
-> 333,142 PCR tests in November
-> 59,171 antigen tests done in November
-> Seeking approval from the State Education board to expedite applications and accelerated licensing for teachers this next semester.
-> 29 active modifications in schools at this time, down from previous weeks. Main driver is staffing issues when distance learning is used.
-> Engage Arkansas Campaign= engaging students who have not been as engaged. There are 110 districts that have opted in.

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November 24, 2020 2:59 PM

Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health Jose Romero stressed the three W's during the weekly COVID press conference: WATCH your distance, WASH your hands, and WEAR your mask. There is a very real potential to overload the health system if we do not take precautions.
Governor Hutchinson’s 1/24/2020 COVID Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16xLzI3z5GI
-->Time from specimen collection by provider to entry in the ADH system= 2.5 day s (37 hours)
--> Time entry into the ADH system to Case Investigation started (as of 11/16/2020) 2 days, 20 hours (68 hours). When cases went up, contact the tracing system started to get clogged up.
--> In June the test--> contact tracing call was around 4 days. We have improved, but now we are going back up.
--> Yesterday the CDC changed their recommendations on contact tracing. Every state is experiencing delays with contact tracing.
--> Please continue to answer the call from contact tracers.
--> These are numbers that are contact tracers= 877-272-6819 or 833-283-2019 or 501-686-5875
--> 1,421 confirmed PCR cases and 701 probable cases
--> 2,122 new cases, yesterday we had about 1,000 less cases yesterday.
--> Hospitalizations have increased by 14 to 988
--> Testing yesterday= 10,350 PCR tests and 4,571 antigen tests
--> Tests so far this month= 258,124 PCR tests and 44,130 antigen tests. Far exceeding our goals on testing.
--> Deaths have increased by 18 to 2,405 Arkansans who have died from COVID-19.
--> Thanksgiving guidance- Avoid travel. Stay home. Celebrate with your immediate household.
--> Most Arkansans are choosing to keep others safe. Plan more than food and football. Stay home. Stay outside. Keep it brief. Stay apart. Wear a mask.
--> A third vaccine has shown efficacy and should be moving forward for emergency use for the FDA.
--> States will receive an allotment of vaccines. They will go to health care providers first. We will not get enough for everyone. The state will prioritize the vaccine.
--> Three W’s= WATCH your distance, WASH your hands, and WEAR your mask. There is a very real potential to overload the health system if we do not take precautions.
--> Most hospitals are very busy because of normal Thanksgiving and the addition of high numbers of COVID patients.
--> 20% of in-patients in the Arkansas Baptist Hospital network are COVID patients= 199. 60 of which are in ICU. Those cases in critical care take up 1/3 critical care beds.
--> There are only so many nurses in the state, this is a resource that is not increasing.
--> We can open more beds, but we must have the staff to do that.
--> Thank you to the healthcare workers in Arkansas for continuing to give.
--> 37 schools that have current educational plan modifications. Total to 267 inactive, meaning they have returned to normal instruction.
--> Schools are doing a good job of targeting their response. Only 29% of all modifications have been the entire district (and this includes weather related modifications)





























November 17, 2020 3:17 PM

Governor Hutchinson 11/17/2020 COVID Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmdXQJTgmoE
>The winter COVID task force and the subcommittees have been meeting
>Thursday Governor Hutchinson will be on a conference call with VP Biden and his transition in conjunction with Gov Hutchinson’s role as the Vice Chair of National Governor’s Association
> White House report for Arkansas uses this language, “given the change and the slope of the last two weeks (post Halloween) Arkansas is on the precipice of a rapid, accelerating increase in cases which will be followed with new hospital admissions.”
> As we look at the approaching holiday season, Arkansas will have an additional 1,000 deaths because of COVID before Christmas. We must follow the guidelines to take control of the virus.
> Up 1,554 cases in the last 24 hours- combination of confirmed and positive
> 1,145 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours
> 409 probable cases in the last 24 hours
> 16,576 active cases, up 91
>895 are currently hospitalized.
> Increased number on ventilator
> Deaths up 20 to 2,245
> Continue with significant testing. 7,452 PCR tests in the last 24 hours; 3,234 antigen tests in the last 24 hours
> To date in November- 166,519 PCR tests
> To date in November- 27,320 antigen tests
> Northwest public health region has the largest number of active cases
> Three W’s= wear your masks, wash your hands, and watch your distancing.
> Strongly suggests not taking people out of congregate settings like a nursing home for holiday celebrations.
> ADH will need to hold people accountable in restaurants. They have been giving warnings for four months, accountability will be a bit more aggressive for those who are not in compliance.
> Gave an update on the business interruption grant- available for those in the hospitality and personal care industry. Grants will be provided based on reimbursements for certain costs. Portal open through November 25 (not a first come, first serve grant). www.ArkansasReady.com 888-722-1554 is the Business Interruption Center
> Schools affected by COVID 19: Nov 8- 14= 46 alternations from normal learning plan. An additional 16 made modifications. 62 current learning modifications.