Excerpts of Today’s Media Update
We’re highlighting portions of the media update that seem relevant, but we encourage you to watch the full update. If you find a part that seems like it should be called out here, let us know.
More detailed excerpts will be added once time allows.
- Governor goes through the details of the state’s strategy, which includes personal responsibility.
- Shows graph of number of COVID-19 tests.
- ADH did 1,800 tests, which is their highest number completed in one day
- Arkansas’ federal delegates sent a letter to the Vice President asking for support for expanding testing capacity in our corporate labs.
- Shows graph of percent positive tests, with several days in the last week being above 10%.
- Skipped past the graph of number of new cases, active cases and hospitalizations.
- Shows graph of new cases by region
- High positivity rate attributed to low numbers from commercial labs. They tend to have the lower positivity numbers. ADH targets at-risk populations.
- High positivity rate indicates we may be missing cases out there.
- Comprehensive testing in congregate settings like nursing homes, we’re not concerned we’re missing anyone since everyone got tested.
- We did add a second contact tracing vendor (Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care) last week. To start July 20 with 350 new contact tracers. Needs to have appropriations approval, still.
- General Dynamics is in process of hiring staff and have initiated activities. 83 staff as of last Thursday. 1,200 applicants.
- How much more testing can the public health labs do? Governor wants proposals from ADH for expanding testing capacity.
- Governor doesn’t want our testing capacity solely tied to the commercial labs.
- We need to work to improve the turnaround times.
- Arkansas residents that are tested in another state get counted in Arkansas numbers.
- Governor says Politico story on CDC’s NWA report is misleading, as the quote was from a focus group organized by the CDC, not the CDC themselves.
- 1,000 pending complaints against restaurants, bars, etc. No number on-hand on how many were vetted.
- Why was CDC scope limited to community and didn’t include poultry facilities? They defined their own mission, based on language barriers and such. Work sites are usually under OSHA. Food processing would be under USDA. CDC’s jurisdiction would steer them toward the community.