Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 7/8/2020 Press Conference
-Yesterday 24,512; up 734 cases to 25,246
-4th highest day of new cases at 734
-Of the 734 new cases 104 correctional, 630 community cases
-5,545 are active cases- 125 in nursing homes; 350 in correctional facilities, 5,070 active community cases
-Additional 671 recovered yesterday. Cumulative of 19,396 total recovered.
-Down 11 hospitalizations to 358
-Up 4 deaths to 305
-Top Counties for New Cases: Washington 72, Pulaski 87, Benton 60, Pope 46, Mississippi 39, Yell 32, Johnson 26, Saline 21
-4,567 tests done in the last 24 hours
-Do not quit trying to fight this virus. Be aware everywhere you go.
-Positivity rate is around 8% for last 24 hours
-Washington County testing- testing done at Washington Regional Medical Center (limited in their ability to do large quantities, people can also go to the public health unit- which has more capacity to get tested).
-Cumulative rate of COVID cases per 10,000 by county: Washington- approximately 175 per 10,000; Benton County- approximately 115 per 10,000.
Gilmore Strategy Group did a survey of 600 adults across Arkansas.
#1 Issue in Arkansas:
Economic Crisis- 18%
Social issues- 7%
Don’t Know- 5%
Do you wear personal protective equipment like a mask in public places?
Younger age groups (18-24 and 25-34 specifically) have a higher likelihood of not wearing PPE
If you work outside of your home, do you feel your workplace is following proper protocols and guidelines in response to COVID-19
As you may know, large events like professional and college sporting events, K through 12 sporting events, fairs and concerts were paused or cancelled because of COVID-19. Knowing this, do you favor or oppose large events resuming this fall?
54% opposed, (with 37% of that 54% strongly oppose)
37% were in favor (with 19% of that 37% strongly in favor)
Asked of adults with kids (43% of respondents). How likely would you say you are to send your kids back to school this fall for in-person instruction?
59% said likely
9% Don’t know
Compared to pre-COVID, how comfortable are you doing in-person activities like going to the grocery store, getting a haircut, going to a gym, going out to eat or going to church?
55% said comfortable
4% Don’t know
-Modeling data and models for case numbers will constantly change.
-It’s important to work toward bringing down an upward trajectory of cases. We have done this before and need to do it again. That means wearing masks and social distancing.