Governor’s Press Conference – April 21

Governor’s press conference today, TUESDAY APRIL 21st, 2020:

🔘 2,227 total cases. Up 304 from yesterday. 262 of those are from Cummins. 42 from general state population.
🔘 Signed Executive Order creating a working group to focus on testing capacity in AR.


📍Out of 2,227 total cases:
1,375 are active
809 have recovered
86 currently hospitalized
27 currently on ventilators
1 new death (43 total)
249 have been healthcare workers
135 have been nursing home residents
29 nursing homes have active investigations

📍7 new positive nursing home residents:
3 from facility in Batesville
2 from Willow bend
1 from Randolph Co Nursing Home
1 from Village at Valley Ranch

📍4 new positive nursing home staff:
1 Waters of White Hall
1 Allay Health and Rehab
1 Crestpark of Wynne
1 Village at Valley Ranch

📍Cummins Unit as of 10pm yesterday:
670 inmate positives
10 staff positives
All inmates have been tested, not all results received yet
Now testing all staff


1️⃣ When prisoner positives are removed
from total #, our cases are going down. Last week, we
averaged 70 cases a day. This week we are averaging about half that a day.
2️⃣ The counties with over 100 cases are all on downward trend.
3️⃣ Although the # of positives from Cummins is alarming, it is the best setting to have that # of positives. It is a controlled setting where it’s easy to separate positives from negatives.

📍Taskforce met for the first time this morning. Three committees were created:
➡️ Sec Hurst: Committee on Tourism, Community, and Healthcare
➡️ Sec Ward: Committee on Ag, Grocery, and Education
➡️ Sec Preston: Committee on Commerce

📍Taskforce will make initial set of recommendations
by May 4.
📍Interim report will be made by end of May.
📍Final report will be made by end of June.

2020-05-05T16:10:54+00:00 Apr 21st, 2020|In the News|