Governor Hutchinson 6/16/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference
-12,917 cases yesterday, additional 274 today to 13,191
-Up 8 hospitalizations to 214
-Up 6 deaths to 188- 134 of the 188 is the 65+ age group
-4,175 tests done yesterday
-Since March 11- tested 208,000 tests (we have tested more than 6% of the Arkansas population)
-June nursing home testing- completed 13,000 of nursing home residents of staff. 133 positives, with a 0.9% positivity rate. 250 facilities still need testing.
-Working on a plan to open long term care/ nursing home visits
-Leveling off in the unemployment numbers. High of 122k to 106k. Additional 32k receiving pandemic employment assistance.
-3 requirements were waived- week long waiting period, filing in person and search for work requirement. At the end of this quarter (end of June) we will reinstate the search for work requirement.
-More than 10% positivity rate in NWA. Benton and Washington County show the community spread and that people need to be disciplined in social distancing and wearing masks in public. However, the Governor will not roll back Phase 2 restrictions. The State will continue to implement the targeted response- might have to place restrictions on venues or geographic region.