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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/9/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Press Conference 4/9/2020 

Governor Hutchinson: 

  • Thank you to workers at Department of Workforce Service. Working with those who are seeking unemployment. Thank you for your work 

  • Spoke about cases by counties 

  • Please continue to keep our recreational out of state travel 

  • Actual versus the expected hospitalizations needed is much lower than expected.  

  • Do not violate the limitations of social gathering. Continue to follow guidelines, wear your mask if you cannot social distance and if you’re out in public.  

COVID-19 dataDr. Nate Smith Director and State Health Officer for the Arkansas Department of Health  

  • 1023 yesterday, 1094 cases today 

  • 76 hospitalized yesterday, 73 hospitalized today 

  • 21 newly hospitalized, 24 have left the hospital 

  • 31 on a ventilator 

  • 21 deaths (3 more than yesterday) All 3 60+ 

  • 253 have recovered, 45 more than yesterday 

  • 158 health care workers, 18 more since yesterday 

  • 841 active cases (numbers between the total cases and the amount of recovered cases) 

  • Added Madison County 

Additional Dr. Smith Information  

  • Quarantine is someone who has not tested positive but have been exposed. Usually 14 days from last exposure. If they develop symptoms, then they need to be tested.  

  • If exposed to someone with COVID-19, 14-day quarantine from last exposure. If develop symptoms, then they need to be tested.  

  • CDC provided guidance for those in essential positions (health care related) 

  • Isolation is for someone who has tested positive. Self-isolated 7 days from initial symptom and three days from the last fever. Must be fever free for three days.  

  • For those coming from other states and other countries, please self-quarantine. 

  • Plasma donations from those who have recovered are supposed to begin today. We believe those antibodies will help those who are severely ill.  


Dr. Richard Smith Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Director of UAMS’ Psychiatric Research Institute 

  • Be mindful of your mental health.  

  • This type of emergency for those who have – not the time to stop treatment, please call your support through these difficult times. Most providers have services for their existing patients in some form. Reach out to others safely during these difficult times.  

Paula Stone, Deputy Director at Department of Human Services 

  • Every Arkansans has access to a mental health service 

  • DHS mental health line: 844-763-0198 Monday- Friday 8am-4:30 pm 

  • Will help with a list of providers, schedule assessment, almost all are able to provide services via telemedicine.  

  • Crisis Intervention services are available as well 


Governor Hutchinson additional comments: 

  •  What criteria will need to be reached before we start opening business? 

  • Developing that criteria right now. 

  • Must see the data of the peak and then we can make more concrete plans 

  • Governor Hutchinson thinks we are going to open quicker but cannot give a specific date.  


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