Governor Hutchinson Daily COVID-19 Press Conference
-Cases yesterday 4,236 up 130 cases, to 4,366 cases (17 in correctional facility, 113 community)
-928 active cases- 305 in correctional, 101 nursing homes, 522 in community
-3340 who have recovered, up 63
-51 nursing homes with one or more cases, 179 staff have tested positive
-Increase of 5 hospitalizations to 69
-Up to 98 deaths, up 9
-1,991 tests, 2.6% positivity rate
-Trending up a bit with number of cases. As you increase testing, the case numbers will go up.
-Active cases have also gone up
-Walmart has increased testing sites in Ark- W Memphis, Jonesboro, Hot Springs and Texarkana. Was already in Bentonville, Ft. Smith and Little Rock.
-Case tracking system- works in combination with the testing.
-Looked into the 64 new cases from last Saturday (May 8). Going through the contact tracing for each case for that day. Gives us a good idea of exactly where they are in Arkansas- if it’s a small exposure or a sign of a potential outbreak.
-Need everyone to be responsive to the Department of Health and be cooperative if they call.
-778 Million in the trust fund for unemployment
-Have paid out $357.9 million through unemployment assistance program.
-Serologic testing not recommended by the CDC to be used for clinical purposes at this time because there are false negatives and occasionally false positives. We will be using those to as part of a seroprevalence study to see how many have tested positive in the community. It is difficult to interpret for individuals.