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
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 states: Positives 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.