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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/16/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Press Conference 04/16/2020 

Information from Governor Hutchinson 

  • 1569 yesterday, today 1620  

  • 85 hospitalization, increase of 2 

  • 4 deaths, 37 deaths 

  • Continuing to go down in the number of new COVID-19 cases per day 

  • Plateau state in hospitalizations 

  • COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, that we have to be on guard against.  

  • It is a deadly virus that has serious health outcomes 

  • Will meet with Medical Advisory Board tomorrow- will advise to the criteria we will look for post peak from a public health standpoint 

  • Will be on a call with President and other Governors at 2:00 today  

  • First part public health, second part economic crisis 

  • Unemployment claims- 136,000 through April 11, an additional 14,000 since then  


Dr. Smith case information and statistics 

  • 1620 total cases 

  • 1035 active cases 

  • 5 new hospitalized, 3 who left the hospital 

  • 21 on a ventilator 

  • 37 total deaths 

  • 548 recovered, 59 more than yesterday 

  • 223 health care workers who have been infected, 81 have recovered 

  • 118 cases in nursing home residents, up 15 since yesterday 

  • 28 nursing homes affected 

  • Forrest City- 46 inmates, 9 staff and contractors 

  • Cummins State Prison unit- 46 inmates, no staff positive 

  • Little Rock Community Corrections- 27 staff, 59 inmates 

  • Some good trends in the way our total cases are going, staying steady with hospitalizations. Too early for a victory lap but will plan ahead for after the peak 


Secretary Preston- Arkansas Department of Labor 

  • Working hard to process unemployment claims 

  • will have data and information on processes 

  • Extended hours of the hotline 

  • Email alert system for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance -you will get updates about the program and when you are able to file for it. 

  • SBA loans- $250 Billion 14,803 businesses approved for payroll protection plan 

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