News Flash

Latest City of Siloam Springs News

Posted on: April 17, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/17/2020

Governor Hutchinson Press Conference Update graphic

Governor Press Conference 4/17/2020  

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” 












Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Latest City of Siloam Springs News

Governor Hutchinson Press Conference Update graphic

Governor Press Conference 4/23/2020

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Flatten the curve graphic about COVID-19

City-Wide Public Health Emergency

Posted on: March 16, 2020
Calendar with the words 񓠃 Year in Review" written on it

2019 Year In Review

Posted on: December 20, 2019