Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 Press Conference
“We are at an important time in terms of this pandemic. We obviously have a significant increase in cases in NWA and we have a temptation to let down our guard because we’ve been dealing with it for a long time. I hope that everyone knows that we are taking it seriously and our admonition continues to be to implement our strategy which is to protect ourselves and others by social distancing and wearing a mask while out in public; and that’s very, very important for us.
And I want to applaud the businesses. They need to comply with this. In terms of restaurants that are doing a good job, but there’s a few outliers that we want to see make sure they comply. And I expect over the next week that the cases will continue to go up. That’s every expectation that I have and I don’t believe that we’ve reached this second peak, which very well could be our first peak, and so we need to take this continued seriously and make sure we do everything we can to live but at the same time to control the spread of this virus.”
-Walmart donated 7,000 masks to NWA and different coalitions to reach those who need the masks.
-Executive Order for liability immunity for business and healthcare community- this is not a time for a special session. Businesses must make an effort to comply with CDC guidelines in order to gain the immunity.
-3 different executive orders” workman’s comp, healthcare providers liability immunity, business liability- effective today throughout the whole health emergency.
-Yesterday 12,501, added 416 cases, to 12,917 cases in Arkansas
-4,383 active cases
-Up 5 hospitalizations to 206 net hospitalizations.
-Up 3 deaths to 182
-Over 7,063 tests conducted in last 24 hours
-Positivity rate- less than 5%
-68,069 tested so far in June. 120,000 tests is the June goal.
-Of the new cases- 126 Washington County, 53 in Benton, Pope 25, Sevier County 20.
-416- 26 from correctional facilities, 390 community
-No linkage to businesses and cases like gyms, restaurants, beauty salons, etc.
-New cases of COVID-19 in Benton County.