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: August 7, 2020 2:15 PM
Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 8/7/2020 Press Conference
>47028 yesterday, up 1011 cases
>Up 1,011 new cases to 47,028
>Up 9 hospitalizations to 523
>Up 6 deaths to 521
>48,039 cases cumulative in Arkansas>
>7,158 active cases- 53 nursing home cases, 687 correctional, 6418 community cases
>Tested 6,224 yesterday
>14 counties over 20 cases= Pulaski 182 (100 in correctional), Jefferson 61, Craighead 53, Mississippi 44, Sebastian 43, Washington 41, Independence 40, Benton 32.
>Positivity rate is over 10%
>COVID Emergency Leave for School Employees: proposed $20M from Cares Act funding, Up to 2 weeks paid leave, available for teachers and support staff, can be used by school employees who must quarantine for COVID related reasons.
>Executive Order- if you have a COVID related concern about going to the polls in November, you will be able to apply for an absentee ballot.
>High School sports (in accordance with the Arkansas Activities Association) will be able to engage in contact drills next week.
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August 5, 2020 2:05 PM
Governor Hutchinson 8/5/2020 COVID Press Conference
>Dr. Jose Romero named the permanent cabinet level Secretary of Health for Arkansas.
> Yesterday- 45,381, up 912 cases today to 46,293
> 158 in correctional units, fairly flat for community cases
> Down 10 to 516 hospitalizations
> Recovered cases= 28,848
> Active cases 6,937- 88 in nursing, 513 correctional, 6336 community cases
> Up 18 deaths to 508
> Total cases 46,293 cumulative
> 912- Top counties- Chicot 149, Pulaski 79, Sebastian 51, Washington 42, Mississippi 35, Garland 29, Craighhead 28, Saline 26,
> Percent positive- "too high” as it’s over 10%
> Total tests- 5,077 we have a substantial backlog in testing with commercial labs.
> Projected cases (by UAMS) 55000 total cases by August 10
> UAMS model projects 3,686 cumulative hospitalizations, 543 deaths by August 10.
> Department of Health has new directives and guidelines for school sponsored music, band and choir
> Have a plan to test 100% of inmates in State facilities (19 state facilities) 10 facilities have already been fully tested. Goal is to have 100% of inmates tested by the end of the month.
> Arkansas National Guard will help with the testing logistics in the prison
> Ready for School Call Resource Center- opened Monday. To provide readily accessible for parents and teachers to call if they have questions. 1-833-353-6050 8:00 am- 4:00 pm Monday- Friday.
> High School Sports- committee to look at reopening sports has met twice now. Very diverse group on the committee.
July 30, 2020 2:12 PM
Governor Hutchinson 7/30/2020 COVID Press Conference
>Up 791 new cases to 41,559
>Down 4 to 504 hospitalizations
> Up 8 to 442 deaths
> 6580 active cases
> Testing- 5598
> Top counties: Pulaski 73, Sebastian 57, Benton 47, Garland 44, Washington 37, Independence 34, Jefferson 31, Pope 30, Craighead 29, Mississippi 23, Faulkner 21
> Positivity rate hovering around 10%
> 181,456 cumulative tests in July 2020, about 6% of the population
> Total number of antigen testing (95% accurate) = 5,084 tests done since June- 4,506 (89%) negative, 548 (11%) positive, 3 (0%) inconclusive
> Want to get antigen test equipment out to communities- will help with going back to school.
> 791 new cases- 32 correctional, 759 community cases
> 6,580 active cases- 77 nursing home cases, 3169 correctional facility cases, 6184 community cases
> 34,737 recovered. An increase of nearly 800 from yesterday
> Now hospitals/physicians can decide if someone who needs to have elective surgery done, if they have to get a COVID test.
> Active cases will be listed on the ACHI website
> Over 100 communities. More than 400 communities that have at least one active case.
> Siloam Springs has 66 active cases currently. https://achi.net/covid19/
> Tomorrow- will have an update on contact sports for the fall. Include cheerleading, volleyball, football.