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March 16, 2020 2:35 PM

COVID-19 INFORMATION

4th Renewal of Declaration of State of Local Disaster Emergency
WHEREAS, on the 16th day of March 2020, the City Administrator of the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, found that certain conditions had caused, or imminently threatened to cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property in disastrous proportion in Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, such conditions created a state of affairs which endangered the public health, safety, and welfare of persons and property within the borders of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, under and by virtue of the authority vested in him by A.C.A. § 12-75-108 (2018); Local disaster emergencies - Declaration, the City Administrator did thereby declare that a state of local disaster emergency existed; and
WHEREAS, on the 20th day of July 2020, the City Administrator renewed said declaration for an additional sixty days in conformity with the extension of the Governor's state-wide declaration of emergency and ongoing presence of the certain conditions underlying the original declaration; and
WHEREAS, on the 11th day of September 2020 the City Administration renewed said declaration for an additional sixty days in conformity with the extension of the Governor's state­wide declaration of emergency and ongoing presence of the certain conditions underlying the original declaration; and
WHEREAS, on the 10th day of November 2020 the City Administration renewed said declaration for an additional sixty days in conformity with the extension of the Governor's state­wide declaration of emergency and ongoing presence of the certain conditions underlying the original declaration; and
WHEREAS, on the 8th day of January 2021, the City Administrator of the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas finds that the aforesaid conditions have not abated and continue to pose a severe and immediate threat to life and health.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT DECLARED by the City Administrator of Siloam Springs, Arkansas:
That the City Administrator, under and by virtue of the authority vested in him by A.C.A. § 12-75-108 (2018); Local disaster emergencies - Declaration, does hereby declare that a state of local disaster emergency is hereby renewed for an additional sixty (60) days.
That the area within the borders of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, covered by this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency shall be the following area of Siloam Springs, Arkansas: CITY WIDE
That this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Clerk.
That this renewal of declaration of a local disaster emergency authorizes the continued activation of the response and recovery aspects of all local disaster emergency plans which are applicable to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and the rendering of aid and assistance thereunder.
That any rights or powers lawfully exercised, or any actions taken pursuant to local disaster emergency plans, shall continue and have full force and effect as authorized by law unless modified or terminated in the manner prescribed by law.
DECLARED BY THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CITY OF SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, THIS gm DAY OF JANUARY 2021.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CITY OF SILOAM SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
-Phillip Patterson

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January 26, 2021 3:36 PM

Governor Hutchinson 1/26/21 COVID Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGMRJYMMB9A
> Unemployment rate has dropped from 6.3 in November to 4.2% in December. In March it was 5%, then all the way up to 10.8%.
> We are making progress in vaccine distribution. According to the NY Times, Arkansas is ranked #10 in terms of people vaccinated.
> Last week when we received our supply, 92% of the vaccine supplied was into the arms of Arkansans within 48 hours. We are somewhat throttled by the supply. Working on increasing the supply.
> Up 2,485 total cases in the last 24 hours
> Received the results of 5,530 PCR tests and 4,959 antigen tests
> An increase of 40 deaths to 4,690 Arkansans who have died from COVID-19
> Top counties: Pulaski 383, Benton 224, Washington 199, Sebastian 193, Garland 127
> Up 11 to 1,095 hospitalized
> Received 459,575 doses to date, given 235,120 doses to date
> Currently in phase 1-B for Arkansans aged 70 or older, education workers including K-12, childcare, higher education
> We are quite a bit lower with the federal program through CVS/Walgreens.
> Vaccines are 94% or 95% effective against COVID. Those small percent who did contract COVID with the vaccine did not have severe disease.
> No steps were skipped with the development and safety testing of the vaccine.
>Even if you are vaccinated, continue to wear your mask and social distance.

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January 19, 2021 3:43 PM

Governor Hutchinson 1/19/2021 COVID Press Conference
> New cases 1,331 (while high number, it is significantly lower than a week ago)
> Active cases have gone down 1,854
> Up 43 deaths to 4,386
> 841 confirmed cases, 490 probably cases in the last 24 hours
> Top counties: Pulaski 268, Benton 132, Washington 118, Faulkner 85, Sebastian 70
> Up 2 hospitalizations to 1,265
> Significant decline in new cases in the last week.
> Received an additional 18,600 doses for a total of 374,300 doses. We’ve given out 154,235 doses to date. Currently in the 1-B phase.
> How do I know where to go to get a vaccination? If you’re in the priority group for 70+ go to the ADH website and click on the COVID 19 vaccination page.
> Concerns about more/new strains- this is normal with a new disease; however, it means we cannot let up in trying to slow the spread. This new virus variants that spread more easily could lead to a rapid rise in COVID cases. The most concerning one comes from England and has been reported in states across the country.
> Wear the mask, wash your hands, watch your distance
> Statewide Community Resources Portal- can be used by schools, community organizations, and all Arkansans. It will include resources for needs like food insecurity, clothing closets, mental health support and more. This list will continue to grow.
>COVID emergency leave (for teachers and school staff) was fully expended CARES act funds. New federal funds can be used to help offset costs to meet outstanding claims for emergency leave. Encourage districts to use funds to continue emergency leave support.

January 12, 2021 3:17 PM

Governor Hutchinson 1/12/21 COVID Press Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5gfGN8caHM
>The State has received 227,500 doses of the vaccine and has given out 89,449 (39% of doses). Currently in the 1-A phase, health care workers, long term care residents/staff, and first responders.
> 24,700 doses designated for long term care facilities. Have given out 15.7% of those vaccines.
> Moving to a few 1-B subcategories on January 18. (70 and over, k-12 staff/employees, and higher education staff/teachers). These will be through community pharmacies. County by county approach. May be clinics, events for vaccinations.
> School districts will drive the teacher vaccinations.
> There are over 462,000 Arkansans aged 65 and older.
> 3,209 new cases in the last 24 hours
> An increase of 168 deaths to 4,121
> 25,702 total active cases
> Results of 6358 PCR tests, 4334 antigen tests in the last 24 hours
> Top counties: Pulaski 405, Sebastian 401, Benton 377, Washington 268, Garland 177
> Vaccination plans- Arkansas Emergency Management is helping with the plan for residents.