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Posted on: August 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 08/26/2020

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Governor Hutchinson 8/26/2020 COVID-19 Press Conference 

>Zero COVID cases at Cummins and Ouachita River Unit. Clear from positive cases.  

>Up 649 new cases for a cumulative total of 58,023  

>Down 7 to 439 hospitalizations 

>Up 21 to 732 deaths 

>Tested 4,378 in last 24 hours for a total of 148,620 test in August. Goal is 190,000.  

>5,390 active cases= 258 in nursing homes, 727 correctional facility, 4,405 community cases 

>70% of deaths are aged 65+ 

>Emphasized face coverings. The idea behind it, it blocks the air that we expel when we talk, laugh, sing, etc. Masks need to cover your nose and mouth well. Masks with valves are not acceptable and focused the stream of air out. Stand away from a person who has a mask on with a valve. Neck gaiters and bandanas do not provide the coverage needed. If you wear them, they need to be doubled up.  

>Arkansas Ready for School Resource Call Center at 1-833-353-6050 for English and 1-501-218-4015 for Spanish. Call center for families, students, teachers, school administrators. 

>Legislature has given the approval for the FEMA increased level of compensation for pandemic unemployment assistance. It will take some time to make those changes and adjust it and get those out.  





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