Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 8/17/2020 Press Conference
>Over 15,000 private school students and 2,000 staff are already back to school. Public education will resume on-campus August 24-26.
>412 new cases, Total cumulative cases 53077
>6341 active cases= 38 nursing home cases, 994 correctional cases, 5,309 community cases
>Up 8 to 486 hospitalizations
>Up 4 to 603 deaths
>Pulaski County 54, Sebastian County 21. All the other counties have less than 20 cases
>Active cases in Arkansas= 5136
>Positivity rate is approximately 10%, seven day rolling average is 10% as well
>200,000 testing goal in August
>Congregate and familial gatherings have an enormous impact on the spread of the virus
>When you have more than 10 people together, there is a definite risk of transmission
>ADH continues to “clean up data” including removing individuals who are notified twice, out of state residents that were counted as in state, etc.
>School district case data- parents should be aware of “what’s going on”. The data should allow school districts to make better decisions and will also provide facts that shut down rumors