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.