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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Governor Press Conference 4/23/2020

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Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 Press Conference 4/23/2020 

Data/ information from Gov. Hutchinson: 

  • 2276 yesterday, increase of 189 cases 2465 COVID-19 cases 

  • Of the 189, 122 are from Cummins maximum security unit 

  • 67 new  

  • 101 hospitalizations 

  • 45 deaths, 3 new 

7-day rolling average of the new cases in Arkansas that exclude the correctional facilities, trending upwards just a bit. 

Gov Advisors’ Group on Testing- initial report has been given to the Governor- shows that we are increasing testing capability  

Some days had over 1600 tests  

Has since declined from that peak, now are around 1000 tests a day 


Recommendations from Gov Advisors’ Group on Testing: 

  1. Expand PCR testing for all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and those with a history of potential exposure 

  1. Expand PCR testing for contact investigations (currently testing only those who are symptomatic).  

  1. Screen for COVID-19 in high-risk settings (already being done for testing those coming into hospitals for elective procedures). (maybe include long term care centers) 

  1. Develop a strategy for statewide serosurveillance (antibody testing) 


Two-day Arkansas Surge Campaign- If you think you have symptoms, don’t wait- get tested! 

Coupled with advertising campaign 

We have an inventory of tests.  

From 1,000 to 1500 tests each day over the next two days.  

Arkansas Surge Campaign- If you think you have symptoms, don’t wait- get tested! 


Dr. Smith, Department of Health  

  • 189 new cases 

  • 122 are inmates in Cummins 

  • 67 are community, but that also includes some staff from Cummins 

  • 687 inmates at Cummins tested positive 

  • 35 staff at Cummins tested positive 

  • Almost done with testing inmates and additional staff at Cummins 

  • 101 currently hospitalized, net gain of 4 

  • 24 on ventilator 

  • 45 deaths 

  • 174 nursing home residents who has tested positive 

  • 902 who have recovered, 39 more than yesterday 


Chancellor Cam Patterson, UAMS 

  • UAMS has screened about 15,000 individuals 

  • Tested 4,129 individuals 

  • Are committed to the two-day surge to increase COVID-19 testing 

  • Serologic screening will determine the probability that you have been infected in the past 

  • Our current nose swab is to determine if you have an active case 



If they want a test, they get a test, period. Even if they don’t have insurance. If you do have insuranceinsurance will get charged.  

There are a variety of federal testing sources that will pay for someone to get a test if they don’t have insurance. 

UAMS testing sites are not even asking for payment or proof of insurance 







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