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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 5/5/2020 Press Conference- Data Update and Recreational Travel Restrictions Ease

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Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference 5/5/2020  
Number update and easing restrictions for recreational travel. 

-3,485, additional 38 cases to 3,496 cases (4 in correctional facilities) 
-1,364 active cases 
-2,050 recovered, increase of 34 from yesterday 
-89 hospitalizations, down 2 
-83 deaths to date, 2 new 
-1,270 tests  
-Still on the right trajectory of number of new cases 
-Seven day rolling average of cases also on the right trajectory 
-45 nursing home facilities, 261 resident cases, 148 nursing home staff 
-Will be working on the directives for recreational pools 
Correctional Facilities: 
-Cummins- 876 inmates who have tested positive 
-Forrest City Correctional Institute- 264 inmates who have tested positive (92 from yesterday, but are not in above reported numbers) 
-Numbers will go up over the next days 

Recreational Travel Restrictions: 
-Restriction for recreational travelers for out of state being lifted.  
-People can visit/residents can visit from/to non-hotspot states across the country: NY, New Orleans, NJ and CT. The Director of Arkansas Department of Health can reestablish those hot spots and restrictions based on development.  
-If you return from a hot spot you are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.  
-This will allow hotels and lodges to come to Arkansas by neighboring states.  

Governor Remarks: 
-Yesterday had monthly revenue report- down 28.3% from this time a year ago. We able to revise the forecast to reflect downturn in revenue. Our economy has not taken a nosedive as it has in other states. Signed a proclamation- the new Executive Order that extends the emergency for another 45 days 
-Previous executive orders are reaffirmed through the proclamation 



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