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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/26/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson’s Friday press conference revealed Arkansas’ highest number of community cases to date with 669. The NW health area also has 43% of the hospitalizations in the state and 44% of ICU admits. There are 42 ICU beds available in NWA.

Please continue to wear your masks, social distance and wash your hands.

Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/26/2020 Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tKJgrkgoho
-Yesterday 18,062 addition 678 cases to 18,740 cases
-669 in community, 9 in correctional facilities
-5,707 active cases- 108 nursing home, 621 in correctional, 4,978 community cases.
-Up 0 to 284 hospitalizations
-Up 7 deaths to 249
-Tested 6,897 yesterday
-Washington 122, Pulaski 84, Benton 68, Sebastian 33, Faulker 31, Crittenden 26, Pope 22
-Largest number of community cases
-284 hospitalized= NW health region has 123 hospitalizations, 43.3% of the hospitalizations in Arkansas. -Major hospitalizations in the more populated areas of the state
-130 of those 284 hospitalized are in ICU Units. The NW health region has 44.6% of the ICU hospitalizations, at 58 ICU admits. 42 ICU beds still available in NW health region.
-In the 14 days prior to diagnosis, active COVID-19 cases visited the following types of businesses: restaurants- 2%, barbershops .6%, church 2%, daycare .3%, gym .3%, health and wellness (doctor’s office, dentists, etc.). 2%, hotel or motel .4%,
-There are a number of cases associated with church/places of worship settings in Arkansas. Governor and Director Smith encouraged those attending to follow CDC guidelines of washing hands, face masks and social distancing. A directive has not been given to the churches. If guidelines are not being followed ADH has reached out.
-851 active cases in the poultry industry.
-ABC (alcoholic beverage control) officers will now be reporting restaurants and bars that do not comply with the ADH directive.
-If the data shows that we are having outbreaks from bars/restaurants, then we could roll back restrictions.
-Absentee ballots- if voters do not want to have to go to the poll because of a concern about the pandemic, they can apply for an absentee ballot.
-Dr. Smith- ADH is considering releasing number of cases by city. There are some concerns about confidentiality.

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