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Posted on: July 3, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 7/3/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference

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John Wilkerson, general counsel for the Arkansas Municipal League says, “by not wearing a mask you pose a direct threat to your community”, regarding the model ordinance.The Governor worked with the Arkansas Municipal League to create an Executive Order- gives cities the option to adopt the model ordinance to require masks. This should encourage the use of masks. It will also help support local businesses who have had a challenge enforcing the wearing of masks.

Governor Hutchinson 7/3/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXNP9071VI
-Yesterday 22,075, up 547 cases to 22,622
-Of the 547 new cases: 365 were community cases, 182 in correctional facility
-285, up 13 hospitalizations
-Up 2 deaths to 281
-Washington- 84, Benton 74, Pulaski 74, rest of the counties are less than 20
-Tested 6,947 over 24 hours
-Active cases- 6,177
-Of the 6,177 active cases: 156 in nursing; 671 correctional; 5,350 active cases in the community
-16,164 recovered
-Did 600 interviews via phone across a number of counties-
-Question: Do you wear person protective equipment like a mask in public places? 82% answered yes, 16% answered no.
-Question: 65+ has highest usage of PPE, lowest is the 18-24 age group
-Worked with AML to create a mask ordinance if cities wanted to do so.
-The Governor worked with the Arkansas Municipal League to create an Executive Order- gives cities the option to adopt the model ordinance to require masks. These ordinances will mandate if the cities choose to adopt them. Local law enforcement will support businesses if they choose to force customers to wear masks.
-John Wilkerson, general counsel for the Arkansas Municipal League says, “by not wearing a mask you pose a direct threat to your community”, regarding the model ordinance. This should encourage the use of masks. It will also help support local businesses who have had a challenge enforcing the wearing of masks.
-For the 4th of July: Outdoor gatherings are safer. Limit the number of attendees. Practice physical distancing. Wear masks if you cannot practice social distancing.

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