38 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 1739 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm Saturday, April 18, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, Confirm 44 New Cases of COVID-19 for a Total of  1739 total Confirmed Cases in Arkansas and 998 active cases as of 1:30 pm as of April 18, 2020.

At the time of this press Conference, the total was 1739 (228 are health care workers, 81 have recovered), it breaks out as 57 children under the age of 18, 117 age 18-24,  547 age 25-44, 613 age 45-64,  355 over 65, (50% are women, 50% are men) and 86 Hospitalized, 22 ICU Patients and 116 are in nursing homes. 710 people have recovered. 

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

Pulaski County 368 positive cases, 1,730 negative cases, Recoveries 122, 12 Deaths
Cleburne County 69 positive, 120 negative cases, Recoveries 49, 4 Deaths
Faulkner County 60 positive, 877 negative cases, 40 Recoveries, 2 Death
White County 29 positive, 267 negative cases, 14 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Van Buren County 26 positive, 197 negative cases, 21 Recoveries, 2 Death
Lonoke County 30 positive, 285 negative cases, 12 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Pope County 35 positive, 1,147 negative cases, 14 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Stone County 7 positive, 54 negative cases, 6 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Searcy County 6 positive, 89 negative cases, 2 Recovery, 0 Deaths
Independence County 7 positive, 70 negative cases, 4 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Conway County 5 positive, 190 negative cases, 2 Recovery, 1 Death
Baxter County 5 positive, 146 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Death
Sharp County 2 positive, 20 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Death
Izard County 2 positive, 27 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Death

Notes from today’s news conference

Executive order “to establish The Economic Recovery Task Force “

10 Million dollars will be going to Rural Hospitals

Cummins Unit has 230 inmates positive case of COVID-19 no staff infected (All prisoners are wearing masks)

Notes from past News Conferences

The President has set guidelines for opening up the economy for each state, with Proposed State or Regional gating Criteria

May 4, 2020, is the target date for opening up the economy by lifting restrictions during Phase 1

Number of ER visits for Coronavirus is another criteria for opening up the economy in Arkansas

Under Phase One- Encourage Telework, Return to work in Phases, Close Common Areas, Minimize Non-Essential Travel, Strongly consider Special Accommodations for personnel who are members of a Vulnerable Population

Dr. Smith says we must be careful of a resurgence of COVID-19 if we are to open up our economy.

Statewide or Countywide opening up the economy we need to remember the COVID-19 Vulnerable Population

New website for unemployment ARunemployment.com (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Email Alert System scan me code on the new website)

Extended hours for unemployment hotline

SBA loans for the payroll protection plan is one reason we see a leveling off of unemployment

Post peak response will be handled by the newly formed committee

COVID-19 is very highly contagious

This is a Health Crisis and Economic crisis

150,000 unemployment claims have been filed

Arkansas did receive the approval for direct care worker payments

Arkansas is not at our peak for COVID-19

Arkansas is one of the lowest total deaths per 100,000 in the Nation

Arkansas has tried to decrease travel from out of state recreational travelers, they had just added Message Boards on State highways.

Executive order First Responsors and front line health care workers can file for workers comp claim because of COVID-19 

Executive order Liability of immunity of medical emergency responders because of COVID-19

Our social distancing is working continue and if you can not social distance wear a mask

Unemployment easiest way to apply is online

Unemployment for self-employed and contract labor will take time a new system is being installed, be patient.

Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the School year, no in-school instruction, Sr’s will graduate, AMI will be continuing,  for 2019-2020 school year

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

Golfing is allowed with restrictions

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

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.


Watch Saturday’s April 18, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson