March 16, 2020 2:35 PM
On March 16, 2020, Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson declared a city-wide Public Health Emergency in response to COVID-19. Please see the link below for the latest City restrictions, closures and cancellations.
Latest Update: September 22, 2020 2:27 PM
Governor Hutchinson 9/22/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference
>Up 486 cases in last 24 hours
>Cumulative total of 74,772
>6,188 confirmed active cases in the community.
>2,209 probable cases
>67,519 recovered, 585 since yesterday.
>Up 12 hospitalizations to 459
>Up 12 deaths to 1,060
>Tested 6,810 PCR tests; did 651 antigen tests
>NWA still has the most active/positive cases of all the Arkansas health regions.
>Highest growth rate throughout the state is 18-24 years old
>You can get COVID and the flu. We need to have more people get the flu shot.
>Goal is to perform 1 million by October 20. Have completed 897,000 PCR tests, working toward the one million number.
>Trying to increase consistency of contact tracing.
>Three parts of contact tracing process. 1- Sample collected, positive results sent to ADH (an average of 3 days, 9 hours, 23 minutes). 2- Case assigned to a nurse and nurse completes investigations (an average of 1 day, 17 hours, 49 minutes). 3- Case assigned to a contact tracer and tracer completes activities (23 hours, 10 minutes).
>Top 5 counties: Pulaski 80, Benton 55, Craighead 30, Sebastian 28, Washington 26.
>We are in the 5th week of school. 106 schools have had to modify operations. 83 have already moved back to normal operation. 23 schools currently have some type of modification (not all are directly related to COVID).
>379 active cases in correctional facilities. 39 inmates have passed away from COVID.
>Lost wages assistance program. Deadline to certify for lost wages program is September 25.
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September 15, 2020 2:25 PM
Governor Hutchinson COVID 9/15/2020 Press Conference
>First weekly COVID update
>Department of Health has received 12,000 antigen tests- will allow for two months of antigen testing
>Adding 139 new deaths to total COVID deaths. These are “probable” death. Probable cases are being reported. These “probable deaths” are persons diagnosed as a probable case, and then expired. Also, those who have COVID on death certificate as a contributing cause of death.
>Tested 102,808 for September 15 to date. Goal of 190,000 PCR tests with an additional goal of 10,000 antigen tests. 6% of the population is 180,000. Tested 6888 antigen tests since September 1.
>Positivity rate for PCR tests- has gone down consistently in the last month.
>Can get updates on ar.gov/covid
>6,030 active cases= 5,719 active confirmed cases, 311 active probably caes
>PCR tests- 5852; 880 antigen tests with 188 positive= 21.4% positivity rate
>479,000 K-12 students in Arkansas. Only have 574 active cases in our schools.
>Hospitalizations up by 11 to 389.
>1,003 confirmed COVID deaths
>70,125 confirmed cases, 1232 probable cases
>Added 675 recoveries to 63,415
>Overall positivity rate is 8.3%
>Washington 91, Pulaski 71, Benton 48, Sebastian 47, Jefferson 23, Garland 22, Faulkner 21, Craighead 20.
>14- day moving average of percent positivity by county. Helps individuals compare county positivity rate.
>39 COVID modifications from school districts in some form or fashion. 22 of those modifications are still ongoing.
September 11, 2020 2:31 PM
Governor Hutchinson 9/11/2020 COVID Press Conference
>1,107 new cases, a new high number of cases
>Nearly 13% of the new cases are from colleges and universities. That age group is one of the biggest contributors to the positive cases.
>225 positives of the new cases came from one lab
>No new hospitalizations- steady at 392
>Up 13 deaths to 953 as a result of COVID
>Tested 7,801 tests in last 24 hours. Will be doing contact tracing on a broad number of cases.
>459 antigen tests, 78 were positive. 20.5% positivity rate
>67,911 cumulative cases
61,245 recovered. Up over 500 recoveries
>5,713 active cases
>Ten counties over 20 new cases: Pulaski 105, Washington 91, Craighead 61, Benton 52, Sebastian 51, Jefferson 437, Crawford 35, Faulkner 25, Garland 24, Carroll