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.
- Secretary Key highlights a few Ready For Learning plans from school across the state.
- Arkansas chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics put out a statement recommending basing the reopening on a downward trend at the county level (among other things). Governor hasn’t read it yet. Dr. Romero has not read it yet, says this is a moving target, we need to be flexible and adjust to the circumstances. Any recommendations made today may not hold true a month from now.
- Asked about Little Rock Education Association’s statement requesting a phased approach in LRSD. Governor says we welcome input, but everybody is reopening at the same time. Secretary Key says the same thing.
- Governor and Dr. Romero will have to get back to us on where the positive cases came from in the correctional facilities.
- Governor and Dr. Romero will have to get back to us on where the increases in hospitalizations are mainly coming from.
- Superintendents want to be ready from a physical and PPE standpoint.
- Teachers worry about their own safety and health. If they have to quarantine, how will they be compensated during that time? How will that fit in with sick time or other leave time permitted under the CARES Act?
- Asked about executive order for liability protection, if a business chooses not to comply with a mask order, are they in jeopardy of not being covered by that executive order? Governor says it’s ultimately up to a jury and fact-finders. But he seems to imply that a lack of enforcement of the mask mandate may overcome the presumption that they’re acting in good faith.
- Governor is hopeful that the CARES Act steering committee will approve the funding for the impacted Marshallese community.
- One of the pediatricians shown in the video that said they’d send their children back to school lives in California.
- New cases reported each day are reported on the day after they are received. The specimen may have been collected 10 days ago. As long as we’re consistent in our methodology, the governor says it is helpful and informative to report them in this manner.
- Governor says our contact tracing has been and will continue to be an effective tool.
- There are some cases where it might be 5-6 days before the test results come back. Those are, by and large, anomalies. We’re consistently getting reports and information that the tests are coming back in the 2-3 day time range.