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Posted on: August 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 8/17/2020 Press Conference

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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 

>Tested 4,093  

>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 

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