Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/11/2020 Press Conference
-Yesterday 10,368, additional 448 to 10,816 cases cumulative
-448- 4 in corrections, 444 community cases
-3,294 are active cases- 140 nursing homes, 199 in corrections, 2,955 active community cases
-Up 6 to 187 hospitalizations, hospital capacity in NWA is sufficient according to the Governor
-Up 6 deaths to 171
-Tested 4914 yesterday
-Top counties- Washington- 143, Benton-78, Pulaski- 37, other counties less than 20
-93% of cases in Washington County in Springdale, many from the Latinx community.
-Highest number of community cases in a 24-hour period.
-Positivity rate is less than 5%, but will likely change and be updated to a higher positivity rate
-Cumulative total of 45,063 tests in June
-7,351 who have recovered
-Highly contagious in household clustering, neighborhood and community clustering and some workplace clustering.
-A CDC team is coming into study and gain insight about the NWA case numbers and rise.
-Plans are to go back to school in the regular classroom fashion, supplemented by online learning as needed.
-Deputy Director of Education- Dr. Ivy Pfeffer:
-Arkansas Ready for Learning- www.Arkansased.gov
A plan to return to onsite instruction in August that allows flexibility for learning options in case interruptions occur.
Support for districts to prepare for the start of the new school year.
An opportunity for teacher, parents, students, and the community to engage in the planning with school districts.
-This plan is a work in progress between the Department of Education and the Department of Health
-Encourage local districts to have plans for their community
-Districts are preparing for each system of school operations.
-We acknowledge there are still many unanswered questions.
-Know that students can learn anytime, anywhere as long as the proper support is provided.
-Governor Hutchinson responded to a question regarding Washington Regional’s letter about the being a public health crisis and that we are not having more cases because of increased testing, but because there are more cases. He thinks it is a good message.
-Even though we are opening up our economy does not diminish the reality of this virus.
-We are counting on people to make good decisions. If they don’t there will be consequences.
-We have to learn to manage the risk of this virus. Living and working but being careful with it.