Governor Press Conference 4/10/2020 COVID-19 Update
Yesterday 1094, today 1171 cases in Arkansas
23 deaths, increase of 2
Presented a chart two weeks ago that we would have 3500 actual cases. Shows where we are today- 1100 vs 3500.
Expected vs actual hospital bead use- projected was 200+ and we are at 86 in hospitalization rate. There’s not a large escalation of those.
Dr. Smith and Governor Hutchinson had a conversation with Dr. Fauci. They briefed him and got his comments on where we are going
Said Dr. Fauci gave his stamp of approval
Dr. Smith data/comments:
Graph that is showing number of new cases each day, the number of new cases has leveled off in the 70s for the last week. This is the first graph we expect to go down as we approach our peak.
Number of new hospitalizations are also leveling off
CDC- March 31 vs. April 7. All states have increased since then, but Arkansas had a lower increase than all but 5 states.
Testing; yesterday had 1348 reports (largest number of tests to date)
40 mobile tests Texarkana yesterday, Helena today
3.6% positivity rate
77 new cases
Yesterday 1094, today 1171 cases
23 deaths, increase of 2
836 active cases (total cases, minus those who have recovered and minus those who passed away)
23 newly hospitalized, 10 were discharged
33 on ventilator
79 nursing home residents, 315 recovered
168 health care workers, 46 have recovered
A lot of businesses are still open to make sure essential supplies and food are moving
Please continue to social distance
Encouraging churches not to meet and discouraging family gatherings
Secretary Mike Preston- Department of Labor
132,000 claims since the pandemic started
Anyone who filed in March 21 or Marsh 28 should have already received their unemployment check
Week ending April 4- funds will be in your account this coming Monday.
172 loans approved more than $3.5 Million
Dr. Rex Horne-
Conversation with Dr. Fauci-
Governor wanted to get his guidance. Fauci looked at the data before they spoke, looked back to March 11.
Gov spoke about the targeting response, social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Fauci- Dr. What you’re doing is right and good. What we are doing is a model and right for Arkansas
Fauci asked how long the people in Arkansas could handle the length of social distancing.
The topic of a stay at home order was brought up. Fauci supported our strategy for our people in Arkansas. Governor said he was open to his guidance, but that Fauci agreed with our strategy.
Said we have provided guidance to businesses that are open that will minimize the transmission of COVID-19
Lowest transmission rate per capita than those states around us
Spoke about how deaths are attributed.
When someone comes into the hospital with COVID19 but with an underlying health issue- are generally attributing that to COVID19
There have been no positive cases within the state correctional facilities.
Commented about Seniors missing out on a lot.
We can’t be hugging strangers or hugging and having close contact
Continue to practice social distancing and have the discipline to keep with that social distancing.