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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 Press Conference 4/2/2020

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Governor Hutchinson Press Conference 4/2/2020 


  • Cases: 643, up 59 from yesterday 

  • Hospitalizations: 66 

  • Total deaths: 12 (8 are 65+, 4 are 19-65) 

  • Recoveries: 47 

Sheltering in place: 

It’s important to note that our targeted response 

  • Closed schools 

  • Closed restaurants and bars except for take out 

  • Closed lodges at state parks 

  • Closed hair salons, barber shops, massage therapy clinics, nails salons, tattoo shops 

  • Closed gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor entertainment centers 

  • Directed state employees to work remotely when possible 

Projected vs. Actual:  

  • 3500 projected, 643 cases 

  • Strategy of a targeted response is proven to be successful, lowering the apex of the curve.  

Stay at home: 

  • State with statewide stay at home orders: LA, TN, MS, KS 

  • Part of the state has a stay at home order:  MO, OK, TX 

  • No state has everyone staying at home.  

  • No state is on the downside of this epidemic. The hope with the stay at home order is a decrease in growth. OUR rate of growth has flattened out.  

  • Most of the stay at home orders are not actually stay at home orders- essential activities are exempted. A lot of activities are excluded under many of the orders, which can be confusing that a lot of people are still going to work.  

  • If he entered a stay at home order- would mean over 700,000 Arkansans would still go to work. It would also mean that people could still leave their home to go to grocery stores and hardware stores.  

  • Additionally, a couple hundred thousand would be out of jobs.  

  • There is always the option to go to more stringent in orders 

  • Measuring every day. Trying to make good judgements with good data that make sense in Arkansas. We will do more if we have toMost people are being extremely responsible with social distancing.  

Prison environment: how are we protecting those incarcerated? Screening employees when they come to work. Limited movement in the prison. In person visitation stopped March 16. Parole and probation waived for April. Inmates are making washable masks. No inmates have tested positive, one staff member did test positive, but didn’t have contact with inmates. Two inmates have been tested 

Practical moratorium on evictions because courts are closed.  

Have received 70% from our national stockpile, what we’ve ordered through regular supply chain means is starting to come in.  



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