The Governor announced the new testing goal for July is 200,000. He also announced two contracts for more contact tracers.
Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 Press Conference 7/6/2020
-Saturday reported 587 new cases
-Sunday 605 new cases
-Additional 439 today- 8 in correctional, 431 in the community
-6127 active cases- 117 in nursing homes, 456 in correctional facilities, 5554 community cases. Now have at least one case in all 75 counties.
-Yesterday 23,914; up 439 to 24,253
-Increase of 21 to 337 hospitalized
-Up 5 deaths to 292
-Additional 701 recovered in last 24 hours. A total of 17834 recovered cases
-Top counties in new cases: Washington: 77, Pulaski 46, Yell 36, Benton 36
-3,615 tests in last 24 hours (down because of holiday weekend)
-There is a steady decline in new cases in NW health region
-Hospitalizations- while we have more than we have cumulatively, there seems to be a flattening out. -Additionally, we have needs spread across the state.
-Percent positive- there were a few days with over 10%, including today.
-Will raise the goal for testing in July. The new goal is 200,000 tests.
-Adding capacity to contract tracers- will have nearly 1,000 contract tracers. Funding is still being sought for an additional contract. The first investment for an outside contract was $20 million.
-ADH is keeping an eye on events, specifically those larger ones where people are not wearing masks.
-Contract tracing: working to speed up the process. Asking people to answer the call. The number is 877-272-6819 where the contract tracers are calling from.
-877- ARCOV – 19. Won’t usually call after 8:00. Will not ask for money or personal information. You can validate that it would be
https://www.gdit.com/careers/job/506716961/contact-tracer/ for jobs in contact tracing