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Posted on: September 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID-19 9/8/2020 Press Conference

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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 

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