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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/17/2020

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Governor Press Conference 4/17/2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcyyCs8y_aQ  

Case report/information 

  • 1620 yesterday, 1695 today 

  • 37 deaths, no new 

  • 93 hospitalizations  

  • Infection rate- positive cases as a percentage of tests performed- Arkansas around 8% positive rate 

  • Gating criteria- President laid out phases, but states have been given the flexibility to adjust 

  • Phase One- we will adjust so we can start lifting some restrictions. But we have not reached that phase yet.  

Dr. Smith- 

  • 75 new cases today 

  • 1065 active cases 

  • 14 newly hospitalized, 6 discharged 

  • 23 on a ventilator 

  • 593 recovered, 45 more than yesterday 

  • 228 health care workers infected, 5 more than yesterday 

  • 116 in nursing homes, decrease of 2 because of false positives Forrest City Fed Correctional Institute- 57 total inmates, total of 62 because of staff and contractors 

  • Little Rock Community Corrections, total of 62 inmates, 27 staff 

  • Cummins- 83 new positive cases, total of 129 (increased testing capabilities) 

 

Medical Advisory Committee For Post Peak-   

4 priorities for Arkansas 

1. Restoring AR economy in a timely fashion 

2. Protecting our most vulnerable 

3. Maintaining adequate health care and public health capacity 

4. Preventing resurgence of COVID in our communities 

  • Will use the “Opening up America” guidelines but will adjust some for Arkansas 

  • Should see a downward trend by early May 

  • Can offer testing to all symptomatic persons 

  • We should be able to meet the foreseeable needs with hospital bed and ventilators 

  • Keep the behavioral changes that got us to this point 

  • Social distancing 

  • Cloth masks in public 

  • Handwashing 

  • No groups greater than 10 

  • Businesses can start to prepare on how to reopen when we do get to phase one 

  • We can release the Targeted directives we can deescalated them as needed- still data driven 

  • Will have a Statewide plan that looks at regional differences in our State 

  • Draw motivation from those we need to protect- those vulnerable populations in our families and social circles 

 

Governor Hutchinson: 

  • Objective is May 4 to begin lifting some restrictions in place 

  • We have to be able to manage the spread to make sure it continues to reduce 

  • Wear your mask when you’re out in public and you can’t socially distance 

 

Need to continue to build up our capacity for contact tracing for every positive case- have gone from 3 nurses to 150 nurses to do contact tracing 

May 2 is peak prediction right now, hope that peak comes earlier, but also have to measure our peak with some of our bursts in congregate settings 

Dr Smith- we won’t really know the peak until we’re far past it because it’s so gradual. We’ll use our data specifically without the prison outbreaks since they distort the “main data” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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