Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 7/9/2020 Press Conference
-Yesterday we had 25,246 cases; up 806 new cases to 26,052
-Second highest day of new cases since the pandemic began.
-Of the 806- 110 correction, 696 in community
-5751 active cases- 131 cases in nursing homes; 444 in correctional facilities; 5,176 active cases in community.
-596 recovered 19,922 have recovered to date
-Up 36 to 394 hospitalized
-Up 4 deaths to 309
-Counties: Pulaski 104, Washington 78, Sebastian 56, Benton 49, Faulker 51,
-4754 tests yesterday
-Cases are scattered throughout Arkansas
-Overall positivity rate is 7.2% Want to get positivity rate down by wearing masks and social distancing.
>>>>> EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENT<<<<<
-We are going to be having school next year.
-Arkansas ready for learning: Flexible, practical, adaptable, inclusive and accessible
-Districts must be prepared to shift to other instructional delivery methods should the need arise.
-School will now start August 24, but no later than August 26.
-School districts will give feedback about COVID response to a case locally.
-Education Secretary Key said Education Department is working with districts to make an easier transition to virtual learning if needed.
-Local school districts can require masks. It is strongly suggested, but ultimately up to the districts since schools are very different. One school might have enough space to social distance where masks wouldn’t be required. Another one would have to require masks because space is tight.
-Not a statewide policy if teachers get sick and there’s a teacher shortage. That will be handled locally.
-Higher education has an independent role and decision process. This only applies to K-12.