88 Total Deaths of COVID-19 for a Total of 3747 Confirmed Cases in Arkansas as of 1:30 pm Friday, May 8, 2020

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, Confirm 82 New Cases of COVID-19 with 2968 recovered, 691 active cases for a total of 3747 total Confirmed Cases in Arkansas.

At the time of this press conference, a total of 64 are Hospitalized, 14 ICU Patients, with a total of 270 are in nursing homes and 160 staff. (33 of the total deaths are from nursing homes) (Cummings prison unit 6 inmates have passed away) as of 1:30 pm as of May 8, 2020.

Notes from today’s news conference

Pools, Splash pads, water parks and swim beach- Effective May 22, No entry if fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient, 50 percent capacity, 6-foot physical distancing in all areas, If needed, fewer entrances so overcrowding can be controlled, Markings to note distancing at slides, diving boards, anywhere with a line, Disinfect high touch areas frequently tables, chairs moved 6 feet apart(family groups can sit together, Maintain pool chemistry with twice-daily PH testing, Lifeguard training can begin today.

2355 test given yesterday (May 7, 2020) in the last 24 hour period

147 million dollars has been approved by the Arkansas Legislators for Arkansas Ready For Business Grant Program.

Counties with COVID-19 cases: broke out as total active (Counties Ranked by Active Cases), then by total positive, total negative, total recoveries and deaths in the Timeless 106.1 KFFB listening area (as of 5:00 pm on May 7, 2020):

Pulaski County 156 active cases, 582 total positive cases, 6,158 negative cases, 398 Recoveries, 22 Deaths

Faulkner County 10 active cases, 78 total positive cases, 1,701 negative cases, 66 Recoveries, 2 Death

Lonoke County 8 active cases, 44 total positive cases, 803 negative cases, 36 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Pope County 9 active cases, 46 total positive cases, 1,620 negative cases, 37 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

White County 6 active cases, 35 total positive cases, 522 negative cases, 28 Recoveries, 1 Death

Conway County 4 active cases, 13 total positive cases, 323 negative cases, 8 Recovery, 1 Death

Izard County 7 active cases, 11 total positive cases, 68 negative cases, 4 Recovery, 0 Death

Sharp County 4 active cases, 7 total positive cases, 67 negative cases, 3 Recovery, 0 Death

Independence County 2 active cases, 11 total positive cases, 216 negative cases, 9 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Cleburne County 2 active cases, 72 total positive cases, 214 negative cases, Recoveries 66, 4 Deaths

Van Buren County 2 active cases, 28 total positive cases, 266 negative cases, 24 Recoveries, 2 Death

Stone County 0 active cases, 8 total positive cases, 93 negative cases, 8 Recoveries, 0 Deaths

Searcy County 0 active cases, 6 total positive cases, 142 negative cases, 6 Recovery, 0 Deaths

Jackson County 0 active cases, 1 total positive cases, 91 negative cases, 1 Recovery, 0 Deaths

Baxter County 0 active cases, 5 total positive cases, 350 negative cases, 5 Recovery, 0 Death

Notes from past News Conferences

May 18, 2020 opening Casinos in Arkansas at 1/3 capacity with guidance from the AHD.

The dental advisory directive will go in effect as of May 11, 2020, to be overseen by the ADH working with the Arkansas Board of Dental examiners.

1,500 or more test given every day in Arkansas, one challenge is having the kits, CDC will provide 90,000 kits and swabs in the Month of May, the Goal for tests given in the month May is 60,000.

Executive order to help Gas & oil industry by wavers.

State Revere is down 28.5 % Arkansas has readjusted it’s projections

New Executive Emergency Order Extending 45 Days

Restriction for Recreational travelers is lifted for non-hot spots (no entry for recent travelers to N.Y, N.J., Conn., an New Orleans). With strong protocol to protect guests and staff.

Places of Worship Guidance – Effective May 4 Meet and greet times moved outside as possible, refreshments offered outdoors only, lines for entry/exit monitored for distancing, no physical contact, eliminate the use of items touched by multiple people, like collection plate/shared books, refrain from having people come forward to common altar rail for Holy Communion, blessing, etc. Online platforms strongly encouraged, signs advise no entry if recent fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient, 6-foot physical distancing except for family groups, face coverings worn at all times inside by anyone over 10 years old, worship leaders addressing congregation + performing singers may take off face mask, 12-foot physical distance required at these times , hand sanitizing stations at entrances.

Large Outdoor Venues Directive – Effective May 4, Examples: arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, amusement centers, fairgrounds, 12-foot distance between performers, audience, 50 or fewer performers/players/contestants, Audience of 50 or fewer people, 6- foot distancing in seating, except for family groups, lines marked/monitored for distancing, every other row should be unoccupied, Face coverings required for anyone over 10 years old If 12-foot distancing maintained from all others, no face covering required for performer/player/contestant, Signs should advise no entry if any symptoms or contact with positive patient, Hand sanitizer stations at all entrances/exits, refreshments allowed, but no self-service, facility including seating cleaned before/after each use

May 4, 2020 lift restrictions at phase one of Gym and Fitness Center Reopening, Screening for staff and patrons, No entry for: recent travelers to N.Y, N.J., Conn., New Orleans, overseas, those with fever, symptoms, recent contact with COVID-19 patient, anyone with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases. Temperature check for staff, Face Coverings for Staff and patrons, except when actively exercising. No pools, spas, showers, saunas, hand sanitizer available, Equipment sanitized after each use, 12-foot distancing while working out + during training sessions, classes, no personal contact

Arkansas Ready For Business Grant Program: $55 Million grant program open to all industry sectors $1K per full time employee, $100K cap per company, >15% for women and minority-owned businesses and >75% for businesses with 50 or fewer employees, Existing applications remain in consideration; website re-opens at 8 am on Tuesday, May 5th, Simple application process: driver’s license, signed w-9, and certificate of good standing, Application website will close at 6 p.o. on Wednesday, may 6th to review submissions.

May 6, 2020 lift restrictions at phase one of Barber, Cosmetology, (including Barber & Beauty schools) Massage Therapy, Body Art, and Medical Spa Services: Ten or fewer people in the facility, Larger facilities, no more than 30% of stations in operation, No walk-in appointments, Clients should wait outside or in cars until ready, Time set between appointments for cleaning, 6-foot distance between clients during appointments, in wait area, Client names, contact information recorded, Vulnerable populations should consider staying home

A reminder that Restaurants open for limited dining service beginning May 11, 2020, at phase #1: Physical distancing between patrons and tables, reservations encourage, face coverings, Gloves for staff, Daily staff screenings, Frequent handwashing, Pre-order when possible, No groups over 10 people, Senior hour is encouraged, no self-service, Clean-Disinfect Tables and menus after each meal, Bars and entertainment within restaurants prohibited. Dr. Smith says Protective equipment for Restaurants cloth face mask, gloves (need to be washed just as washing hands)

May 1, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 opening for overnight stay of camping for in-state resident RV’s only, no bathrooms to be open.

May 15, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 open use of Cabins, Lodges, and Rent-A-RV, Reservations limited to Friday through Monday only to Allow for cleaning, In-State Residents only

May 15, 2020, Arkansas State Parks phase #1 opening the following to limited capacity and with social distancing enforced: Restaurants and Food Service Facilities, Museums and Exhibits, Retail including Visitor Centers, Gift Shops, and Golf Pro Shops, Marinas and Rental Equipment.

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

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.

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

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

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

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 Friday’s May 8, 2020, News Conference with Governor Asa Hutchinson