43 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 2227 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, Confirm 304 New Cases of COVID-19 (262 positive cases from Cummings prison unit, total 670 now tested positive at Cummings prison unit) for a total of 2227 total Confirmed Cases in Arkansas with 1375 active cases as of 1:30 pm as of April 21, 2020.

At the time of this press Conference, the total was 2227, and 86 Hospitalized, 27 ICU Patients, and three new positive cases have been reported at a Batesville nursing facility with a total of 135 are in nursing homes. 809 people have recovered.

Notes from today’s news conference

An executive order of a working group for more testing

The Economic task force will be lead by Steuart Walton

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

Pulaski County 400 positive cases, 2,053 negative cases, Recoveries 155, 12 Deaths
Cleburne County 71 positive, 128 negative cases, Recoveries 51, 4 Deaths
Faulkner County 63 positive, 1,020 negative cases, 43 Recoveries, 2 Death
White County 29 positive, 305 negative cases, 14 Recoveries, 1 Deaths
Van Buren County 26 positive, 208 negative cases, 21 Recoveries, 2 Death
Lonoke County 27 positive, 331 negative cases, 19 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Pope County 35 positive, 1,174 negative cases, 20 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Stone County 7 positive, 81 negative cases, 6 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Searcy County 6 positive, 88 negative cases, 2 Recovery, 0 Deaths
Independence County 8 positive, 99 negative cases, 4 Recoveries, 0 Deaths
Conway County 5 positive, 184 negative cases, 3 Recovery, 1 Death
Baxter County 5 positive, 155 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Death
Sharp County 2 positive, 37 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Death
Izard County 2 positive, 42 negative cases, 2 Recovery, 0 Death

Notes from past News Conferences

Arkansas is one of the top state test per month per 1,000 people by state

Our goal is not just contact testing to more surveillance testing 

We are fighting the COVID-19 everyday, we must keep our social restrictions

Grandparents and Grandchildren (those contacts of those adults over 65 is at phase 3 of lifting restrictions)

Child Abuse Awareness Month (Hotline 1-844-SAVE-A-Child available 24/7)

May 4,  2020, date Arkansas is looking to lift some restrictions but, we will be still  social distancing and if you can not social distance wear a mask

Those of Arkansas COVID-19, 197 are diabetic, 126 heart disease,  77 lung disease

8 of Arkansas COVID-19 deaths are over the Age 65

An executive order “to establish The Economic Recovery Task Force “

10 Million dollars will be going to Rural Hospitals

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 some restrictions during Phase 1

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 is very highly contagious

This is a Health Crisis and Economic crisis

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

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.

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 WEBSITE

Watch Tuesday’s April 21, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson