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Posted on: December 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson COVID 12/1/2020

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Governor Hutchinson 12/1/2020 COVID Press Conference 

-> 37% of ICU beds are used by COVID patients. In some regions, that number is much higher (57% in Southwest region). 35% in Northwest region  

-> Hospitals, healthcare workers, Governor’s office, ADH are all working together to have a plan for increased hospital bed usage by COVID patients.  

-> In the last 24 hours: an additional 1,142 confirmed cases, 808 probable cases = 1950 total new cases 

-> Up 11 hospitalizations to 1,074 

-> Up 10 deaths to 2,521 Arkansans who have died from COVID 

-> Testing= 5,165 PCR tests; 4,365 antigen tests came in Monday.  

-> Top counties: Pulaski 178, Benton 171, Washington 140, Saline 101, Greene 92 

-> 333,142 PCR tests in November 

-> 59,171 antigen tests done in November 

-> Seeking approval from the State Education board to expedite applications and accelerated licensing for teachers this next semester.  

-> 29 active modifications in schools at this time, down from previous weeks. Main driver is staffing issues when distance learning is used.  

-> Engage Arkansas Campaign= engaging students who have not been as engaged. There are 110 districts that have opted in 

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