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Posted on: July 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson 7/20/2020 Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson 7/20/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference 

>Today is the first day of the statewide mask mandate- must wear a mask: if they are exposed to a non-household member and distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be assure.  

Case numbers: Friday has 648 new cases, 771 Saturday, 695 new cases Sunday. 

699 new cases to report today.  

33,927 cumulative cases 

Washington- 94, Pulaski 60, Benton 57, Craighead 28, Mississippi 26, Pope 26, Sebastian 25, Arkansas and Faulkner 21 each, Garland and Miller 24 each.  

Hospitalized number keeps increasing- largest number to date with  

Hospitalizations per 100,000- Arkansas listed 3rd among AL, MS, AR, KY, OK, TN, KS, TX, LA, MO 

National guard assistance is now available. 10 personnel to support case management work at Washington Regional Medical Center for the next 30 days.  

7 day rolling average of positivity- now below 10% but needs to get lower.  

Still pushing testing for July to test 3% of our population.  

Dr. Romero-  

699 new cases- 688 community, no nursing home, 11 correctional 

471 hospitalized, up 18 

Up 6 deaths to 363 

Total recovered at 26,397 

Active cases- 7,127 

121 nursing homes; 1,093 correctional; 5,953 community active cases 

Testing has positivity rate of 9.6% 

Cumulative positivity rate of 7.8% 

5,689 tested July 19 

Low Income Home Energy AssistanceArkansas has been allocated 8.2 Million for additional assistance. Also raised the limit to $1500 for those who are struggling with electric, water, etc. Run through Arkansas Energy & Environment/ Department. Opening Date July 27. In Benton County, those wanting to apply for this assistance can email Will go through September 30, 2021 

Mitchell Simpson- Director of Office of Energy. This program will assist low income Arkansans. Typically, crisis program requires application to submit a shut off notice- they can just provide a past-due notice.  

Air conditioner program- low income, qualifying Arkansans- elderly, disability, child under 5, medical condition that requires A/C. (please see program for details). Launch July 27.  

> Reaching the testing goal for July: likely will not reach the 200,000 tests. Currently at 112,646. 
















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