Governor Hutchinson 8/5/2020 COVID Press Conference
>Dr. Jose Romero named the permanent cabinet level Secretary of Health for Arkansas.
> Yesterday- 45,381, up 912 cases today to 46,293
> 158 in correctional units, fairly flat for community cases
> Down 10 to 516 hospitalizations
> Recovered cases= 28,848
> Active cases 6,937- 88 in nursing, 513 correctional, 6336 community cases
> Up 18 deaths to 508
> Total cases 46,293 cumulative
> 912- Top counties- Chicot 149, Pulaski 79, Sebastian 51, Washington 42, Mississippi 35, Garland 29, Craighhead 28, Saline 26,
> Percent positive- "too high” as it’s over 10%
> Total tests- 5,077 we have a substantial backlog in testing with commercial labs.
> Projected cases (by UAMS) 55000 total cases by August 10
> UAMS model projects 3,686 cumulative hospitalizations, 543 deaths by August 10.
> Department of Health has new directives and guidelines for school sponsored music, band and choir
> Have a plan to test 100% of inmates in State facilities (19 state facilities) 10 facilities have already been fully tested. Goal is to have 100% of inmates tested by the end of the month.
> Arkansas National Guard will help with the testing logistics in the prison
> Ready for School Call Resource Center- opened Monday. To provide readily accessible for parents and teachers to call if they have questions. 1-833-353-6050 8:00 am- 4:00 pm Monday- Friday.
> High School Sports- committee to look at reopening sports has met twice now. Very diverse group on the committee.