Governor Hutchinson 2/2/21 COVID Press Conference
> Monthly revenue report is up. Exceeding forecasts. Surplus over forecast is over $400 million. Shows people are returning to work and have confidence in the economy.
> Not extending the 11:00 pm curfew on bars that goes through February 3.
> Total cases in last 24 hours- 1,150
> Active cases are down 334
> Hospitalizations are down by 20
> 7,223 tests in the last 24 hours
> Up 44 deaths- 4,939 Arkansans who have died from COVID
> Have received 486,500 doses, given out 301,291 doses, about 61.9%.
> CVS/Walgreens program- allocated 49,400 doses, given 17,117, about 34.6%. This is through the federal program.
> Almost completed the long-term care facilities- second doses and follow ups are still in process.
> Arkansas will receive a 5% increase in vaccine supply. On top of the 16% increase announced last week.
> Walmart will receive 10,000 Feb 11. Will be distributed through about 60 stores.
> Trendlines are down for hospitalizations, active cases, infection rate, etc.
> Although we are making improvements against COVID, we all still need to Wash our hands, Wear a mask and Watch your distance.
> Reminder that there are variants out there- more critical than ever to be offensive against the disease. Once they are here, they will soon be the main strain.
> Encourage Arkansans to take the vaccine. It is safe. It has been studied across all groups. Prevent death 100% decrease hospitalizations significantly. Possibility of a third vaccine- a single dose vaccine through Johnson and Johnson.
> Pandemic Unemployment Assistance- call 844-908-2178 with any questions or go to ARunempployment.com . Staff is working on getting that unemployment to those who need it; must exhaust traditional unemployment before moving to pandemic unemployment assistance. Will require more information to help prevent fraud.
> Did you receive a 1099G for a fraudulent unemployment claim? If you have not already done so, email your police report to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12.
> We have gotten through 100 days of school in the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers and staff are working hard to have in-person school.
>74% of schools and 56% of districts have not had to implement large-scale education modifications.
Additionally, please see “Local Leaders Letter to the Public” regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We all recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has tragically cut short the lives of many in the U.S. and around the world, has created great economic hardship, and has interrupted the “normal” life for all of us. We also know that the number of positive cases is growing exponentially, not just in our region, but here in Siloam Springs.
According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement website (https://achi.net/covid19), on November 30, Siloam Springs had 35 new cases per 10,000 residents, ranking us seventh among the ten cities of Northwest Arkansas. As of January 11, Siloam Springs had 144 new case per 10,000 residents, ranking us first out of those ten cities. This increase is putting a strain on our hospital system, as well as the hospitals throughout NWA.
We all know the standard actions we should take to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which are the Three-W's: Wash your hands; Watch your distance; and Wear a Mask. Those strategies will remain important for a while, and we encourage you to continue them.
However, we also now have a wonderful new resource to respond to the pandemic; safe and effective vaccines that are slowly becoming available in Siloam. Healthcare workers have already received them; our emergency responders are receiving them, employees of Siloam Spring Public Schools and JBU will be receiving them in the next week as will citizens over age 70 and other essential workers in the coming weeks. As city leaders, we are all committed to doing all we can to making COVID-19 vaccines available as quickly as possible in Siloam.
As community leaders, we are personally committed to take the vaccine when it becomes available to us. But suppressing the pandemic will require us to join together in our efforts. We strongly encourage you, our friends and neighbors, to join us in rolling up your sleeve and receiving a vaccine when it becomes available to you so that together we can end the pandemic.
Chip Pollard, John Brown University President
Todd Simmons, CEO and Vice Chairman Simmons Foods
Mark Simmons, Chairman Simmons Foods
Phillip Patterson, City Administrator
Jonathan Buisch, Pastor at First Pres.
Arthur Hulbert, President/ CEO Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce
Pat Callahan, Community Christian Fellowship Pastor
Steve Abbott, First Baptist Church Siloam Springs Pastor
Clark Atkins, First Methodist Pastor
Joel Rutherford, First Christian Church of Siloam Springs Pastor
Judy Nation, Mayor of Siloam Springs
Louie Bold, Plant Manager Jet Stream
Duane Jones, Pharmacy District Manger Harps Foods
Tim McCord, Market President Generations Bank
Dave Flack, Outreach Center Church Pastor
Jody Wiggins, Siloam Springs School District Superintendent
Brad Paulk, Walmart Supercenter Siloam Springs Pharmacy Manager
Jeff Speaks, Community Physicians Group, CEO
Chris Milam, Walmart Supercenter Siloam Springs Store Manager
Daren Davidson, La-Z-Boy Midwest-Regional- General Manager
Michelle Maul-Pennick, Walmart Neighborhood Market Pharmacy Manager
Stanley McKinnon, Rector Grace Episcopal Church
Wayne Thomas, Director/Founder Kind at Heart Ministries
Father Salvador Marquez-Munoz, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Tim Estes, New Life Church Pastor
Dr. Ashish Mathur, CPG
Dr. Daniel Pummill, CPG
Dr. Amy Schochler, CPG
Dr. Dan Springer, CPG
Dr. Scott Stinnett, CPG
Dr. Roger Youmans, CPG
Dr. Steven Johnson, Simmons Care Clinics
Karl Mounger, Past Justice of Peace and Past Vice Mayor Siloam Springs
Carol Smiley, Co-Owner Smiley Chiropractic Clinic
Jan Nelson, Owner Memory Finders
Peter Lane, President/CEO Walton Arts Center/ Walmart AMP
Tamary Holmes, Realtor
Grant Loyd, Owner Alternative Design
John Elrod, Former Siloam Chamber Board Chair
Graham Thomas, Managing Editor Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette weeklies
Raquel Beck, Office Manager Community Clinic
Judd Semingson, CEO, Community Clinic
Amanda Echegoyen, COO, Community Clinic
Dr. Richard Pruiksma, Community Clinic
Toni Cochran, APRN, Community Clinic