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Posted on: July 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 7/17/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 7/17/2020 Press Conference 

>Economic crisis- state unemployment rate has declined again from 9.6% in May to 8% in June. National average is 11%. 

Yesterday: 31,114 cases. Up 648 to 31,762 cumulative counties 

6,633 active- 131 in nursing homes, 101 in correctional facilities, 5,489 in community cases  

581 recovered yesterday; 24,776 total recovered. 

Pulaski 68, Washington 44, Craighead 32, Pope 30, Benton 29, Garland 24, Sebastian 22, Saline 21,  

5,861 tested in last 24 hours 

Down 6 to 464 hospitalizations 

Up 12 to 353 deaths.  

Arkansas Center for Health improvement- Dr. Joe Thompson 

City level data is now available for COVID cases through ACHI- Arkansas Center for Health Improvement 

Will be tripling the contact tracing capacity in the next month.  

Hopefully doubling the capacity for testing in public health labs.  

Through ACHI (Arkansas Center for Health Improvement) 600 communities have cases in Arkansas (did not report on communities with less than 10 cases) 

Emphasized that enforcement is necessary for the mask mandate. But communities of course will be able to prioritize needs for enforcement.  

City Chiefs of Police have a role to play and will be acting based upon the local priorities.  

>A lot of people are taking vacation- did they go to a hot spot, what were they doing- ought to consider if they should be tested and if they should quarantine.  

> Please continue to be vigilant against the virus. There is still a lot of community spread. Follow the guidelines with washing hands, wearing masks, avoid large groups, maintain physical distancing 

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