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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Governor Hutchinson Press Conference 4/14/2020

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Governor Press Conference 4/14/2020 

COVID-19 Daily Update 

Sec Dr. Smith 

Dexter Payne- Dpt of Corrections 

  • 1410 yesterday, 1498 today (88 new cases) 

  • 1024 active cases 

  • 29 on ventilators 

  • 444 recovered (53 more than yesterday) 

  • 65 health care workers who have recovered. 206 health care workers have had COVID-19 

  • 93 nursing home residents infected, 71 workers, 6 deaths total 

  • 28 active contact investigations in nursing homes in the state 

  • 2 additional deaths, 32 total 

  • 81 hospitalizations 

Cummings Prison- no new positive cases, tested all in one barrack, have continued to test- no new positives 

Fed Correctional Institute in Forrest City- the medical team of bureau prisons and CDC are dealing with FCI in Forrest City 

Big spike yesterday due to prison population testing and positive cases 

Number of hospitalizations- at 81 now, hoping for a plateau- a statistic that is constant and measurable. Currently seeing a plateau 

Comparing with other statesPositives per 100,000- we are 49 positives per 100,000 (April 14 dated) 

Test per 10,000- Arkansas is higher than mid-range for testing per 10,000. Started at 30, has increased to 69 tests per 10,000. (April 14) 

Total deaths to date- Arkansas is very low (April 14) per 100,000, at .99% deaths per 100,000 

Travel among interstates have decrease 55% 

Message Boards on highways and on borders 

Mobile Message Boards: “No Rec Lodging for out of State Traveler” 

Permanent Message Boards: “Out of State Rec Lodging Prohibited” 


We will make decisions based on the best public health advice balanced with the essential needs of our society to move and make a living. This is not a 30-day battle or a 60-day fight, but it will continue for some time into the future.  

Medical plan will help reduce the executive orders, but it will be from a health care prospective.  

We will do what is needed for the best interests of Arkansans. 

Exec Order: they can file workers comp if there’s a causal relationship with catching COVID-19 with their job. (please see Executive Order for specific verbiage and details) 

Liability immunity- for medical emergency responders- physicians, PA, NPs, RNs, more- so they can work in this emergency environment without fear of litigation(please see Executive Order for specific verbiage and details) 

Prisons: federal and state prisoner positives make up 10% of our COVID-19 cases in Arkansas.  

Contact investigation has gone from 3 nurses to nearly 150 who are doing contact investigation.  

Dexter Payne- Division of Corrections has taken many steps to stop the spread in facilities. Visitation suspension through June 1 (at this time). Video visitation cost has been reduced, as well as cost of phone calls. Moving one barrack at a time- to dining hall, yard time, etc. 



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