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Posted on: December 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Hutchinson 12/29/2020 COVID Press Conference

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Governor Hutchinson 12/29/2020 COVID Press Conference 

Extending Public Health Emergency an additional 60 days. It was set to expire on December 30. 

2,718 new cases (1,449 confirmed cases and 1,269 probable cases) 

There are 1,161 people hospitalized  

Up 66 deaths in the last 24 hours to 3,603. 

5,307 PCR and 6,457 Antigen test results came in in the last 24 hours 

Top counties: Pulaski 424, Benton 214, Garland 149, Washington 145, Faulkner 110, White 110 

We are getting the vaccines as expected; moving quickly for health care workers 

31,700 Moderna doses are in, but only around 1200 vaccines have been distributed by the pharmacies. These are designated for people in long term care facilities. 

By January 16, every long-term care facility will have been offered a clinic for the vaccine.  

We expect to see a surge in cases from holidays, we are still seeing a 1/3 increase in daily new cases since Thanksgiving. 10% in hospitalizations since Thanksgiving.  

There are only 5% ICU beds available right now, but this in not spread out throughout the state. There are places in Arkansas where there are not beds available.  

Only 21% hospital bed capacity throughout the state. 

Asking to reconsider New Year's Eve celebration plans.  

Wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, avoid crowds 

Getting about $558 million for education relief (K-12) 

Above the 10% positivity rate for PCR tests. 26% positivity rate for antigen tests.  

>Over 330,169 PCR tests in December; 80,931 Antigen tests in December. 













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