Governor Press Conference 4/8/2020
Data and case numbers-
1023 cases today
Added Franklin County
76 hospitalized (two more than yesterday)
68 in nursing homes (7 more than yesterday)
30 on ventilators (4 more than yesterday)
147 positive health care workers (13 more than yesterday)
208 classified as recovered (56 more than yesterday)
18 deaths (same) 3 from Northwest Arkansas
814 reports yesterday (testing)
Total 6.6% positivity rate from 4/7/2020
14225 tests to date in the State
3 Million from Economic Development Commission for the short-term bridge loan program. This loan helps the small businessperson to meet needs. Governor Hutchinson has released an additional $1 for bridge loans.
Unemployment insurance claims- 110,000 applications since the pandemic began. Likely 150,000 application at the end of the week.
Please do not go into the Unemployment Office, do this via the phone or online.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance- (those independent contractors, freelancers, self-employed) received guidance Sunday night from the Federal Government. We will have to build a new system because of the information needed. Looking at a 3-week time frame to build out the system and process the claims. Will be able to back date those claims once we can process them.
Federal Correction Insititute- no new positive tests, although new people with symptoms. CDC team in place and gathering data and information.
Family gatherings during normal times can now be dangerous.
4 weeks since our first case
Practice self-care and think about your mental health.
Want to continue testing people within priority groups. As the capability increases, it would be helpful to begin testing those who have symptoms but don’t have an underlying health condition or are part of a vulnerable population
Ideally, we would like everyone to be able to know their status, but we’re not there yet.
We don’t know if hydroxychloroquine is effective in fighting COVID-19
Governor Hutchinson discusses State of the State and funding:
Public education will be full funded
Public safety will be fully funded
Medicaid will be full funded
Essential services will be met during this time
Tightening of the belt in state government
Grant funds might not be as available
Shared burden among state agencies and hope to minimize the public sphere impact
Need for a discretionary fund to fill the holes