Governor Hutchinson 9/8/2020 COVID Press Conference
>Arkansas joining multistate purchasing agreement to get a larger volume of antigen tests.
>Using $4 million to purchase 120,000 antigen tests. This is CARES ACT funding.
>Cases- over 1,000 new COVID cases on Friday.
>294 new COVID cases. 66021 cases
>Up 10 to 409 hospitalizations
>Up 9 to 917 deaths
>5154 tests done in last 24 hours
>139 antigen tests- 119 negative of those tests
>Below 6,000 active cases. This has dipped.
>You can see positivity rate in your county on the Arkansas Department of Health website. Benton County is 6.8%
>White County, Hempstead County, Jackson County, and the City of Humnoke will all receive grants for broadband for access to education. Total 5 Million.
>Total recovered 59,260, up 503 yesterday
>Cross County- 30 cases, Washington 29, Pulaski 28. Only three counties with over 20 new cases.
>7.1% unemployment rate. 7 consecutive weeks of lowering unemployment claims.
>Lost Wages Assistance- Additional $300 weekly benefit. Eligible if you receive unemployment with a benefit amount of $100 or more and you self-certify that your unemployment is due to COVID. Regular UI claimants should self-certify using the Arkline 501-907-2590 or Arknet. PUA claimants are automatically eligible. No need to self-certify.