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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Governor Hutchinson 6/2/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 6/2/2020 Press Conference  
-State Revenue Report: May- up $80 million over the revised forecast 
-May 3.4% below state revenue compared to last year.  
-7,443 cases, up 375 cases to 7,818 
-Highest number of community cases- 374, 1 in correctional facility 
-2,115 active cases- 1,989 active cases in the community. #1 county with new cases is Benton County with 65 new cases 
-5,567 recovered 
-121 hospitalizations, 11 new to 132 (now at the highest number of hospitalizations) 
-133 deaths yesterday, up 3 to 136 
-Cases are a result of additional testing- 3,807 tests 
-Positivity rate of 4.4% rate yesterday 
-Testing for June- all nursing home resident and staff person; approximately 50,000  
-June’s goal is 120,000 tests 
-90% of new cases in Benton County were Latinx  
-Latinx outreach group has 28 members- to communicate the significance of the COVID-19 virus in the Latinx community.  
-How are protests affecting COVID-19? Large crowds with no social distancing, but majority are wearing masks.  
-Contact tracing would be very difficult if someone at a protest had a positive protest 
-Governor has not made a request for the national guard 
-In terms of last night and ongoing protests we have across the Arkansas and across the nation- there were those who turned violent and turned to destruction of property and ASP arrested 5 Arkansas residents. Arkansas State Police will be out again tonight and will make arrests to looters and those not peacefully protesting.  
-Phase Two of reopening is on pause. Not appropriate until we have more data and more confidence. Opening up will be Statewide, so if one area has an increase it will affect the rest of the State. What might be a low caseload today might change quickly.  
-Of the 136 deaths, 5 have been Latinx 

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