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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/3/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Press Conference 4/3/2020 


COVID 19 

  • Total 646 yesterday, up to 704 cases total 4/3/2020 
  • Hospitalizations: 71, up 5 from yesterday 
  • 26 on ventilators, up 3  
  • Total of 12 deaths, same as yesterday 
  • 60 that have recovered 
  • 96 of those 704 cases are healthcare workers  
  • One new county- Monroe County 
  • 60% female, 40% male 
  • 20 kids less than 18, 197 over 65, 487 ages 18-64 
  • Testing continues to increase in Arkansas 
  • 9,626 to date in the state. 7.3% are positive. 658 tests done yesterday


The State has received our first shipment of hospital protective gear that the State of Arkansas has procured. We have received some shipments. Will work with ADEM to distribute the PPE we have required. Have received gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. Gloves and masks are form overseas and hand sanitizer is from US.  


Per Governor Hutchinson:

“Are we testing enough? Clearly we have done more than sufficient testing. It is more than sufficient to give us a good handle on where we are here in Arkansas. In every county we have had tests done. UAMS now has mobile testing to a few sites across the state that might be hard to reach with normal testing.  


Social distancing is so critically important. So impressed with how businesses are taking social distancing seriously.  

Individually more people need to take social distancing seriously. Every person needs to engage in social distancing and follow the best practices.” 


 

Additional information: 

Dr. Nate Smith referred to www.bewellArkansas.org for individuals to try and combat health conditions, alcohol, drug and nicotine abuse assistance 


Procurement is very difficult because shipping, tracking is being overloaded worldwide.  


Not everything is coming from overseas. Hand sanitizer is being made by L’Oreal. They have never made hand sanitizer, but will provide 550 gallons a week free of charge.  


Testing: UAMS is overnight, Ark Dpt. Of Health is overnight, private labs have a 3-day delay 


One thing we need it’s more cargo capacity.  If anyone has the resources that they can divert to help us with transporting personal protective equipment from overseas, into the United States, that’s the number one thing we could use right now.  


Dr. Smith- we have a good sample, so we have a good trajectory with close to 10,000 tests with the geography and the slope of that curve. Our trajectory does mirror our hospitalizations.  


SBA loans- Governor knows that everyone is anxious. We are all waiting on the Federal Government for the guidance on the loans. Once that happens then the banks are ready to go. We have those bridge loans available through AEDC about a bridge loan $25,000- $250,000.  


Unemployment- were we able to get the IT glitch fixed. It helped process tens of thousands of unemployment applications that were stuck in the application process. This has helped decrease the call center volume. 


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