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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 4/18/2020 Press Conference

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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.  

Case update 

  • 1695 yesterday, 1739 cases, up 44 (not counting Cummins) 

  • 86 hospitalizations 

  • 38 deaths 

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 PrestonSecretary 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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