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.
- Pulaski County was the highest for new cases today.
- 8,015 tests were conducted over the last 24 hours.
- Cumulative positivity rate is 8%.
- Dr. Romero says we have an opportunity to change the curve, supported by the UAMS modeling.
- Governor deflects any consideration of Arkansas as a hot spot by pointing at California, Texas and Florida.
- Governor talks about the recent CDC guidelines concerning reopening schools, says they want a 5% positivity rate as we reopen schools.
- We’ve moved beyond restricting outside travel. Relying on individual responsibility.
- Governor says it will take time for a mask mandate to show positive results.
- Dr. Romero says the federal government will be providing point-of-care testing to man nursing homes. The governor has invested in several hundred point-of-care testing machines. These can be used in these nursing homes to rapidly identify positive cases. This will allow us to have better control over these cases over the coming months.
- Regarding the cases in Farmington, Governor says the school took the proper steps. When we restart schools, we will have positive cases in the school environment. We have to be able to take the appropriate steps.
- Legislative council has not approved the $7 million for targeted contact tracing and testing of the Marshallese and Latinx communities. Governor says it does not send a good message to those communities. CDC recommended these steps. CARES Act steering committee expanded it to include other impacted minority areas across the state. The funds are there. Governor is anxious for the legislative council to meet and approve the funds because it is needed.