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.
May 27, 2020 2:28 PM
Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 5/27/2020 Press Conference
-Case update: 6,180 cases yesterday, up 97 to 6,277 cases; 1,733 are active, 68 in nursing home, 466 in correctional facilities, 1,999 cases in community
-4424 who have recovered, an increase of 92 from yesterday
-Up 1 to 108 hospitalizations; up 1 death to 120
-4,033 tests with a 1.9% positivity rate in the last 24 hours
-117,076 tests to date
-Statewide increases by age group:
Age 0-17: May 17= 190 cases, May 23= 278 cases, 46.3% increase
Ages 18-24: May 17= 281 cases, May 23= 372 cases, 32.3% increase
Ages 25-44: May 17= 988 cases, May 23= 1249 cases, 26.4% increase
Ages 45-64: May 17= 947 cases, May 23= 1156 cases, 22.6% increase
Ages 65+: May 17- 655 cases, May 2= 759 cases, 15.8% increase
-Have done 66,299 tests in May
-Still well below the 10% national standard of positivity rates
-Has been an outbreak with poultry related
-Have not seen a correlation with new cases and opening up businesses including restaurants, barber shops, daycares, gyms, church services, etc.
-Continue to social distance, wear masks, frequent handwashing, staying away when you are sick
-Since the beginning 575 heath care workers have tested positive, 447 have recovered
-They are working on a plan for K-12 schools. Part of it is blended education- classroom and online instruction.
-Expect school to start in the regular fashion
-There is both a spike in cases and hospitalizations- but still have the capacity to treat those who need it. Seeing increased disease activities in our communities. It’s important to look at where the cases are occurring.
-Children 0-17 have to be looked at more closely because we are seeing a noted uptick in that population. Children are very much carriers for this disease.
-Convalescent plasma- plasma that has antibodies from someone who has recovered. We believe it is effective based on certain conditions.