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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/12/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/12/2020 Press Conference  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTEemkPirUM 

-Yesterday had 10,860; up 731 cases in 24 hours to 11,547 cases 

-3,764 active cases 

-Up 16 hospitalizations to 203 

-5 new deaths to 176 deaths 

-731 new cases- 207 in correctional facilities, 524 community cases 

-1/3 of the 524 community cases come from Tyson 

-144 in nursing homes, 402 correction, 3218 in community 

-207- East Arkansas Regional Unit had the largest number of cases in correctional facility  

-7,607 recovered, 66% of cases 

-Washington with 220 new cases, Benton with 91 new cases, Madison with 32 new cases 

-Testing- did 5,591 tests 

-Tested to date 182645, at 43% of goal for June (120k tests) 

-Positivity rate of 7.1% which could be adjusted upward 

-Cumulative positivity rate is 6.2% 

-Tyson tested over 1,100 team members in Springdale. Of the 1,102 team members tested, 199 were positive. Only 1 out of 199 were symptomatic. 

-Governor Hutchinson asked everyone to use face coverings to protect others. He called it a common courtesy.  

-Urged people to continue to socially distance and do frequent hand washing.  

-Because of the need in contact tracing- Gov has authorized 20 National Guard members to immediately be brought in on active duty to help with contact tracing.  

-Have an RFQ out for a contract to do contact tracing 

-Expects the cases to increase 

-Masking is very important in controlling the spread of COVID 

-There are surge plans in NWA hospitals as needed.  

-There will not be a requirement for all residents to wear a mask in public. But it is strongly recommended.  

-Very high percentage of individuals that do not have symptoms and that can pass the virus along.  

 

 

 

 

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