Governor Hutchinson Press Conference 4/18/2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WD3LWo5R0
COVID-19 Governor Hutchinson-
Thank you to the EMT workers and ambulance drivers across the state.
Sec of Commerce and the Economic Development team working with rural hospitals- $10M distributed to 27 different rural hospitals in Arkansas. Will received the grants. $250k--$500k
UAMS will receive $500k for support of telemedicine
Quick response testing unit- have 80 around the state that can give results in 15 minutes
Dr. Dillahey- Dpt. of Health
1739 cases, 44 new cases
989 active cases
703 recoveries, 110 more than yesterday
1 death, over 65
86 hospitalizations, 7 less than yesterday
291 hospitalizations to date
Currently 22 on ventilator
46-64 age group is most affected
Continued use of masks and increased handwashing
Cummins- 230 inmates, no positive staff- specialists visited yesterday to assess the situation. Warden is following the guidelines, provided a few extra recommendations. Learned inmates are all wearing masks, have made 32,000 masks
Cam Patterson, UAMS
Expansion of testing throughout the State
Some communities don’t have the ability to do drive through testing. To meet the need for those communities UAMS now have a mobile unit. It is going to communities who have asked for assistance.
Visited Texarkana and completed testing; also visited Forrest City this week. Screened 430 individuals. 183 tested, only 1 positive case
Visiting Mariana, Camden and McGee next week.
Gov Hutchinson Important Announcement: Creation of Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force
Report from Medical Advisory committee to look at criteria as we move to lift some of the restrictions on the economy.
We want to reopen and lift some restrictions- goal is May 4.
Executive Reorder- Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force
Steuart Walton is chairman of the taskforce, 26-27 representatives of different fields in the economy, outdoor, sports, small businessperson, retail associations, etc.
3 cabinet secretaries; Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward, Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston, Secretary of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Stacy Hurst.
Task force will meet in industry groups- and allow to expand but do so in a way with public health requirements.
Task force will be making recommendations to Gov Hutchinson and to their industry groups and comply with public health directives.
Continue to take care and not contribute to the spread, continue to socially distance and wear masks.