Data/information from Gov Hutchinson:
As a State we are addressing continuing health and economic needs in Arkansas
2227 cases yesterday 2276 cases today
49 new cases
42 deaths (43 yesterday, a Missouri resident counted yesterday)
April 20- huge spike in new cases- Cummins Prison (over 300 cases that day)
Trendline continues down for new cases of those not in a congregate setting
Indicated that May 4 was the TARGET DATE for lifting some restrictions if we need some needed goals
Elective procedures restriction is being lifted effective April 27 (earlier than expected) but with our number of hospitalizations and limited spread we feel comfortable putting thing into place
Hospitals will have requirements to meet in order to do these procedures
TIMELINE for future decisions that lead up to May 4:
May 4 is the TARGET for Arkansas to lift some restrictions if we continue to make progress on reducing community spread of COVID-19.
The below decision announcements will indicate whether a May 4 opening will be allowed and any applicable restrictive guidelines.
April 29: announcement on restaurant decision
April 30: announcement on gyms decision
May 1: beauty and barber salons decision
May 4: Places of worship and larger venues
Dr. Smith- Dpt. of Health
Continue to use a data driven approach
Directive: elective procedures- still finalizing some language. Will not be effective until Monday. Will start will day surgery, healthy patients- cannot have any symptoms. Encourage hospitals to start slow, ensure they have enough supplies of PPE
Will have to test these patients of COVID-19 within 48 hours
2276 total cases- 1,371 active cases
23 on ventilator
863 recovered, up 54 from yesterday
262 health care workers, 148 have recovered
Increase of cases associated with nursing homes
170 cases in nursing homes, 31 facilities
681 inmates in Cummins Prison, 14 staff
Decided to test additional barracks. Could have additional cases added to total and testing additional staff
Providing guidance to bring back different areas, will do it in a way that is thoughtful, careful and done in time with what we’re seeing in our numbers.
Continue to practice physical distancing and measures which have helped up get to where we are.
Economic taskforce led by Steuart Walton
Has been in coordination with neighboring governors, but will act independently based on our data
In Phase 1 we are still discouraging discretionary travel
National capacity for testing is increasing, turnaround time has become more effective
Larger venues are going to be a future decision- not a phase 1 decision
Guidelines in place that apply to places of worship including not gatherings of 10 or more.