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.
- Walmart will be requiring masks in their stores across the country.
- 5,146 tests results received yesterday.
- Pulaski County is highest county for today’s new cases.
- ADH did 1,455 tests yesterday
- UAMS did 656 tests yesterday
- Dr. Smith gives details on COVID-19 specific to Faulkner County.
- About 90% of those who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 will continue to have some sort of persistent symptoms.
- Dr. Smith: “If you look at our active cases of 6,439, that’s less than 1%. But maybe to put it in more realistic perspective, this is a communicable disease. It spreads. If you came into your living room and the curtains were on fire, you wouldn’t say, ‘Well that’s less than 1%. I’m not going to worry about it now. Let’s wait until it gets up to 2% or 3%’ No, you get after it. And the fire is still burning here. … We can’t let up until we put it out.”
- Dr. Romero gives an update on Conway Human Development Center.
- U.S. Representative French Hill compares inconvenience of masks to the gas rationing during World War II. It’s inconvenient, but it is critical to our strategy.
- Representative Hill speaks on the proposed changes to the Defense Production Act. Amendment proposed, Securing America’s Vaccines for Emergencies (SAVE) Act, takes medical supplies, pharmaceutical ingredients, compounds and all related medical devices and put them under that strategy at the president’s discretion. So that we’re not caught in indecision. There’s a written plan to actually use it where it fits.
- Regarding hospital data bypassing CDC, going to White House … Governor wonders why did it happen? What was the necessity? We need to comply to continue to receive our supplies. Dr. Smith hopes CDC still has access to that data. If this gets the data to where it’s needed faster, Dr. Smith has no objections.
- Regarding comprehensive testing in schools … Logistically would be challenging.
- Regarding whether parents be notified about infections in schools … Normal contact tracing will take place. Decision-making process still in progress. Logistically would be challenging.
- Regarding AEA releasing a survey, 87% of respondents (out of 6,142) have concerns returning to school … Governor says it’s natural to be nervous. Schools have done their own surveys. Results will vary over the next 30 days.
- If faculty get sick, will that be paid time off? How will substitutes be handled? Substitutes are managed by the districts. Doesn’t sound like there’s additional state support for paid time off due to COVID-19 infection. It’s really similar to a normal workplace.
- Public health lab tests are going up. Commercial lab tests are going down.
- Have you considered changes to model ordinance, to give them teeth? Onus seems to be on the Municipal League to communicate the desire for change.
- On statewide mandate, governor isn’t changing.
- 15 days since testing at Washington County health unit testing event June 30, and people haven’t received results yet. What kind of backlog? Dr. Smith says turnaround time for results in those public health labs is 24-48 hours. All those tests, assuming they made it to the lab, those have been resulted. No backlog. Will look into why those notifications have not gone out.
- Will the state give hazard pay to educators and substitutes since the state is requiring in-person instruction? Those issues are handled by the local school districts. Governor compares it to grocery stores and banks that are also open. He thinks it is hard to say that everybody that comes into contact with the public should get hazard pay.
- Governor gives details on the state quarantine facility. Maintained by ADH for people who cannot quarantine in their home (or don’t have a home). Intended for the person to remain there for the duration of their quarantine.