Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a news conference on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 to update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gov. Hutchinson stated that Arkansas Heart Hospital is donating 500 COVID-19 tests for use by healthcare workers.
He also displayed the following charts for how Arkansas compares to surrounding states for cases, tests and hospitalizations. (Click to enlarge)
Dr. Nate Smith stated that parking lot church services can be encouraged as long as people are staying in their vehicles.
Hutchinson amended his executive order that gave the cities the flexibility in imposing curfews and closing city or county owned parks or facilities, so long as they do not impede commerce, and they coordinate with the Governor’s office.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. addressed gatherings that defy CDC health directives, including one that happened over the weekend in Little Rock.
If you see individuals or an organization not following the CDC directives of gatherings of 10 or less and social distancing of 6 feet, you can call the ADH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-803-7847 or send an email.
Dr. Nate Smith, State Secretary of Health listed the current statistics for COVID-19 patients below:
- 946 cases (up by 71)
- 74 hospitalized
- 18 deaths (recent 2 are above age 65)
- 67 counties (out of 75)
- 1436 tests were processed Monday (1.6% positive test)
- 26 are currently on a ventilator (up by 4)
- 152 are recovered
- 61 in nursing homes
- 134 healthcare workers (up by 12)
- 16 are doctors
- 41 are nurses
- 19 are CNAs
- 24 Federal inmates at Forrest City correctional unit