Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a news conference on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 to update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to Gov. Hutchinson and Dr. Smith:
- 80 bridge (business) loans have been approved in Arkansas equaling about $1.7 million.
- The State has allocated $10 million for struggling rural hospitals
- Direction is for hotels, motels, vacation rentals etc. not to house recreational travelers from out of state, but… it’s ok for Healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, State or Federal employees on official business, national guard members on active duty, airline crew members, patients of hospitals and their families, journalists, persons unable to return to their home because the covid-19 travel restrictions, Arkansas citizens in exigent circumstances, persons in need of shelter due to domestic violence or homelessness, employees of hotels, motels, persons away from their own home due to work-related travel.
- They are recommending residents follow the CDC’s guidelines of wearing a cloth mask (not N95) when it’s difficult to maintain 6 feet distance. It is not mandatory.
- The Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City now has 6 cases of COVID-19. 3 are inmates and 3 are staff. Management of that situation is the responsibility of the Federal Government.
- The Governor applauds large retailers for their safety measures and specifically mentioned Walmart and Target.
- You can go online to Google Mobility Reports to see the changes in how people in Arkansas are moving around. Data is from about a week ago. Below is the Saline County section. Click to enlarge image.
Lorie Tudor, Director at ARDOT detailed safety measures they are taking with construction workers and Arkansas Highway Police.
Dr. Nate Smith, State Secretary of Health listed the current statistics for COVID-19 patients below:
- 743 cases total
- 14 deaths
- 10 over age 65
- 4 ages 19-64
- 20 ages 18 and under
- 49 ages 19-24
- 210 ages 25-44
- 263 ages 45-64
- 201 ages 65+
- 61 have been in a nursing home
- 58 currently
- 3 deaths
- 12 are pregnant
- 106 are healthcare workers
- 23 are currently on a ventilator