16 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 830 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm April 5, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary Smith Confirm 87 New Cases of COVID-19 for a Total of  830 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm as of April 5, 2020. Sixteen (16) Total Deaths and 2 Deaths from Cleburne County in Greers Ferry, 1 Death from Van Buren County in Fairfield Bay, and 1 death at White River Medical Center in Batesville in Independence County. At the time of this press Conference, the total was 830 (114 are health care workers), it breaks out as 2.4% children under the age of 18, 6.6% age 18-24,  29.6% age 25-44, 34.9% age 45-64,  26.4% over 65, (60% are women, 40% are men) and 67 Hospitalized, 27 ICU Patients and 60 are in nursing homes. 96 people have recovered.  A total of Sixteen (16) Deaths reported with COVID-19 two of deaths from Greers Ferry in Cleburne County, one death from Fairfield Bay in Van Buren County, one death at White River Health Center in Batesville in Independence County. The state’s death toll now stands at 16. Of the Total Deaths, there were 12 over 65, 4 under 65 according to Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Notes from today’s news conference

Eight federal prison inmates and 4 staff with COVID-19 in Arkansas

Governor will be wearing a mask when 6-foot social distancing is unable to be attained

Notes from past News Conferences

Unemployment claims are over 66,000

New Executive order for commercial lodging and hotels – no recreational travelers allowed

Golfing is allowed with restrictions

Social distancing is so important we must follow these practices 

Dr. Smith encouraging folks to be outside because of ultraviolet light decreases transmission for a wide variety of germs

If you think you have CORID-19 do not go to the Doctor or Emergency Room you must call UAMS first 800-632-4520

If you are unemployed text the word, “unemployment” to 501-376-1111

State Parks will be closed for overnight visitors to day time only

The highest risk demographic are those over 65 and those with medically compromised condition

Very concerned about nursing homes

Received the first shipment on Friday of needed hospital supplies

Other News:

Top Counties 7 Counties confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area:

Pulaski County 156 positive cases, 750 negative cases
Cleburne County 64 positive, 81 negative cases
Faulkner County 45 positive, 490 negative cases
White County 25 positive, 144 negative cases
Van Buren County 21 positive, 58 negative cases
Pope County 10 positive, 462 negative cases
Stone County 5 positive, 22 negative
Independence County 5 positive, 39 negative
Searcy County 5 positive, 51 negative

Counties with one to 4 COVID-19 cases in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area:

Baxter County
Conway County
Woodruff County

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov. After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 WEBSITE

Watch Sunday’s April 5, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson