Governor Press Conference 4/4/2020
People are paying attention and doing what they need to do
It adds to the stress on our economy and business, specifically tourism
- 701 yesterday, 743 cases today
- 72 hospitalized
- Over 1000 tests done in the last 24 hours
- Lafayette, Dallas and Prairie Counties are all added
- We are following good business practices and CDC guidelines
This is both a health crisis and an economic crisis
State bridge loan approved 80 loans over $1.7 M to small businesses across the state
First SBA loan was approved, Federal loans are starting to follow up.
Unemployment up 66,000 with 8,00 in the cue. On Wednesday the unemployment call center received 300,000 calls.
State economic assistance grants have been given to rural hospitals- $10 million
Targeted response efforts in Arkansas- we will continue to build on these as we see needs:
NEW executive order 20-13:
- Applies to commercial lodgings and short-term rentals, including hotels, motels and vacation rentals. They shall only permit occupancy to the following guests: health care professionals, first responders, law enforcement, state and federal employees on official business, national guard members on active duty, airline crew members, patients of hospitals and families, journalists, persons unable to return to their home because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, Arkansas citizens in exigent circumstances, persons in need of shelter due to domestic violence or homelessness, employees of hotels/motels that need persons there, persons away from their home due to work related travel.
Recreational travelers are not permitted from out of state. This directs the travel industry not to issue occupancy to out of state recreational travelers.
We believe this will reduce the travel we have already discouraged.
- 743 cases, an increase of 39
- 1040 reports yesterday, largest number in a single day to date
- 3.4% positive from yesterday
- 20 under 18, 49 are 18-245, 210 25-44, 263 45-64, 201 65+
- 12 are pregnant women
- 106 health care workers
- 72 currently hospitalized, up 1 from yesterday
- 23 on ventilators, down 3 yesterday
- 61 in nursing homes, up 8 from yesterday (3 passed away)
- 14 total death, up 2 from yesterday, both ages 65+
- Deaths: 10 were 65+, 4 were 19-64 ages
- 10 total nursing homes are
CDC has recommended masks for use by the public. This is recommended in public settings when it’s impossible to maintain 6-foot distancing.
Purpose of masks are limited from protecting the wearer but will catch droplets from others.
Allergy symptoms and early symptoms of COVID19 are very similar but could be producing small droplets that could be infecting other people.
Do not take away masks from health care workers
Singing can produce small droplets, a case in Washington when a choir rehearsal had an outbreak because one person was infected.
Forrest City Detention Center has reported a small number of positive- 3 inmates, 3 staff.
Businesses are supposed to follow social distancing protocols, mark off six-foot increments, contactless payment systems, disinfect high touch surfaces.
ARDOT has compared traffic patterns and highway usage, there has been a 40% reduction in travel since the emergency has come about.
Applauds Walmart, 5 customers per 1000 feet and Target for reducing customer flow.
Continue to monitor State Parks- if there is congestion and social distancing is not followed State Parks can be closed by Director Hurst as needed.
Arkansas has gotten all that we will get (PPE and COVID19 supplies) from the Federal stockpile.