Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference 5/2/2020
3,321 yesterday; today up 51 to 3,372; of those 4 were in the correctional institute
1,312 active cases
1987 recovered, up 14 since yesterday
20 on a ventilator
Hospitalizations increased by 5, up to 100
Increase of 9 deaths, to 73, (2 of those in Dept of Corrections), (3 were nursing home deaths that were reclassified)
Did 1,521 tests yesterday
Prison system- numbers in Arkansas Prison system has decreased by 380 since the health emergency began. Prison population has decreased by 380.
Downward trajectory of new cases
Percentage of positive tests by dates-
Positivity case has gone down to around 4%
12 days of decline in positivity rate
Now have PPE decontamination equipment, can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks a day
Governor encourages people to still wear masks in public and utilize social distancing. Remember the 6-foot physical distancing, frequent hand washing, hand sanitizer, be careful what you touch.
May 4- some of the restrictions are going to start- the State is using a very careful approach and phasing it in.
Monday, May 4 will bring an announcement in houses or worship and larger venues
Coronavirus is likely to be with us this fall
We continue to increase capability for contact tracing and Department of Health employees
State is working to be prepared if we have a long struggle with COVID-19
Barber and beauty schools can start up on May 6 IF they meet the requirements of the directive to lift restrictions
Secretary AJ Gary- Director & State Homeland Security Advisor: been a difficult challenge to get PPE for all of our health care workers and first responders
Working with hospitals, clinics, etc. to get our supply of PPE built up.
Will push out list of vendors where people can get masks through chambers and local government