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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/10/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Press Conference 4/10/2020 COVID-19 Update 

  • Yesterday 1094, today 1171 cases in Arkansas 

  • 86 hospitalized 

  • 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.  

  • Testingyesterday 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  

  • 86 hospitalized 

  • 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- 

  • Spoke encouraging words about Easter.  

  • Let’s remember even in social distancing that there is another day coming and we have good days ahead. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.  

  • We are all blessed.  


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.  

Dr. Smith-  

  • 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. 


Governor Hutchinson: 

  • 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. 




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