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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 7/8/2020 Press Conference

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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.  

Steuart Walton:  
Gilmore Strategy Group did a survey of 600 adults across Arkansas.  

#1 Issue in Arkansas: 

  • COVID-19 42% 

  • Economic Crisis- 18% 

  • Social issues- 7% 

  • Government- 7% 

  • Crime- 6% 

  • Education- 3% 

  • Taxes –2%  

  • Other- 10% 

  • Don’t Know- 5% 

Do you wear personal protective equipment like a mask in public places? 

  • 82% responded with YES 

  • 16% responded with NO 

  • 2% responded with DON’T KNOW 

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 

  • 58% responded YES 

  • 9% responded NO 

  • 33% said not applicable or don’t know 

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 

  • 32% unlikely 

  • 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 

  • 41% uncomfortable 

  • 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. 



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