Thanks to Ken Yang for this report:
Arkansas COVID-19 Update for THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020. Please Continue Being Safe and Practicing Social Distancing. Education announcements today!
There are currently 26,052 cases (up 806)
• 110 out of 806 in correctional facilities
• 5,751 active cases (131 nursing homes, 444 correctional facilities, 5,176 community)
• Of the 806 cases: 78 in Washington Co, 49 Benton Co, 104 Pulaski Co, 56 Sebastian Co, 51 Faulkner Co
394 hospitalized (up 36)
309 deaths (up 4)
83 on ventilators (up 3)
19,992 recovered (up 596)
4,734 tests yesterday
• 7.2% overall positivity rate
Governor Hutchinson, Secretary Smith, and Secretary Key made these announcements today:
1. 2020-2021 school year start date has been moved from August 13 to August 24, no later than August 26, so that school districts have more time to make adjustments.
2. School districts will work closely with the Arkansas Department of Health.
3. Arkansas Ready For Learning – Flexible, Practical, Adaptable, Inclusive, Accessible
• “…all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” – American Academy of Pediatrics
• Districts must also be prepared to shift to other instructional delivery methods should the need arise.
4. Response Levels For On-Site Learning
• Limited Response (minimal spread) – limited/no closure needed, contact tracing and 14 day quarantine initiated. Consult with ADH/ADE guidance 833-504-0155.
> Reinforce hand hygiene, enforce physical distancing, intensify cleaning and disinfecting, postpone non-critical gatherings and events
• Moderate Response (moderate spread) – may require building(s) dismissal. Consult with ADH/ADE guidance
> Initiate blended learning, alter meal location, stagger schedules, encourage alternative transportation
• Critical Response (substantial spread) – Extended period of building(s) dismissal/district closure will be determined in conjunction with the ADH/ADE.
> Restrict on-site access, pivot to remote learning, postpone/cancel school events
5. Total Active Community Cases in Top 10 Arkansas Cities (in order)
• Springdale, Little Rock, Rogers, Fort Smith, Conway, Fayetteville, Texarkana, Russellville, Danville, Bentonville
Find a testing location at AR.gov/COVID
Saline County numbers at the end of the day yesterday were:
Total Positive: 420
Active Positive: 124
The link for case numbers the entire state is: https://adem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f533ac8a8b6040e5896b05b47b17a647