Governor Hutchinson 11/3/2020 COVID Press Conference
>Governor Hutchinson revealed his COVID-19 winter strategy to reduce the cases and hospitalizations through a layered strategy; most importantly we all have to work together. Individual responsibility: social distancing and crowd avoidance, wearing a mask, get a flu shot. Support from health officials, schools and the community through testing, contact tracing and quarantining, compliance checks, marketing campaign, and vaccine distribution.
>Increase of confirmed 520 and 358 probable cases= 878 new confirmed/probable cases.
>310,239 PCR tests in October (nearly 10% of the State population)
>40,209 antigen tests in October.
>Down 21 hospitalizations.
>Bo Ryall- President and CEO of Arkansas Hospital Assocation: The hospitalizations are beginning to put stress on the healthcare system throughout the State. Bed capacity is tight in the central and northeast public health regions. However, the real stress to the system is the number of healthcare workers available to staff the beds. 10% of occupied beds have COVID patients. 26% of occupied ICU beds are COVID patients. 31% of ventilators are in use by COVID patients.
>Hospitals are currently not seeing any major deficiencies in PPE or testing supplies but continue to see a shortage of healthcare workers.
>Every part of the state healthcare workers are reporting fatigue from treating COVID patients. As we begin to think about our own fatigue, let’s consider the effort going on by health care workers across our State and their fatigue. These healthcare heroes have been working around the clock to treat COVID patients and to begin to see decreases in hospitalizations we as a state need to remain vigilant in complying in wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings.
>If we continue to see these cases escalate, we in turn will have hospitalizations increase, and the stress on the healthcare system will be felt. Hospitals are stretched thin in some areas and we ask that you please adhere to the safety measures again of wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings.
>Up 18 deaths
>Tested 6410 both PCR and antigen tests
>This week we have 10 districts that have current onsite modification. 185 have returned from an onsite modification to regular in-school education.
>118 school districts have signed up with Engage Arkansas with 15,000 student referrals. These student referrals have been identified as not being engaged at a proper level with their online learning.
>Crude death rates in Arkansas by cause of death (compared current COVID numbers to 2018 data) cancer 219.8, heath attack 94.4, COVID-19 65.8, cardiovascular disease 51.5, diabetes 39.6, suicide 18.4, motor vehicle accidents 17.8, pneumonia 17.6, influenza 4.7
>Twelve counties have more than 20 cases- Benton 96, Washington 77, Pulaski 66, Craighead 38, Sebastian 37, Saline 34, Greene 31, Faulkner 28, Miller 24, Mississippi 24, White 23, Crawford 22
>Still seeing this disease spread across the state. Please take care with family gatherings.