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Posted on: June 19, 2020

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

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

-Unemployment rate has declines in May. State numbers went down 1.3% in May with 9.5% unemployment rate. There are 46,378 employed in the month of May. National rate is 13.3% 

-Payments for emergency medical service workers:  

-CARES Act Steering Committee approved $12,127,200 for EMS Direct Care Worker Payments 

-Funds will be distributed to the employers who will then pass payments along to employees. April 5- May 31. $125 per week if part time 20-39 hours, 40+ hours $250 per week.  

-Yesterday 13,928 + 703 cases up to 14,631 (41 in correctional facilities) 

-Largest growth of community cases we’ve seen in Arkansas.  

-Washington 136, Benton 112, Pulaski 53, Sevier 44  

-Up 5 t 231 hospitalizations 

-Up 6 to 214 deaths 

-Conducted 5,167 tests 

-Overall positivity rate is 6.5% since we started the pandemic.  

-Yesterday’s positivity rate is 13.6% 

-Face coverings- issuing new guidance in issuing to face coverings.  

  • Should be worn in all indoor settings where you are exposed to non-household members and physical distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be assured.  

  • Should be worn at all outdoor settings where you are exposed to non-household members, unless there is space (6 feet or more) to practice social distancing.  

  • Cloth face coverings have been shown to be sufficient for the general public and effective in preventing transmission.  

  • Face coverings should cover both the mouth and nose to be effective.  

-Same guidance we give to houses of worship. Best practices, but not a directive and does not carry a civil penalty.  

-Dr. Nate Smith- The mask I wear protects you, the mask you wear protects me. The masks we all wear protect each other.  

-There is a list of 25 houses of worship that have at least one positive case.  

-Continue to stress not going to large events, wearing masks and social distancing over the weekends as well.  

-CDC team is continuing to work in NWA. They are mapping transmission networks. Deeper level of analysis for contact tracing. Plan to be in NWA for another 2 weeks.  


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