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
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:
Expand PCR testing for all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and those with a history of potential exposure
Expand PCR testing for contact investigations (currently testing only those who are symptomatic).
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)
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
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 insurance, insurance 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