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Posted on: May 2, 2020

Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference

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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 

 

 

 

 

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