Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson provides COVID-19 update
Little Rock, Ark. (WMC) - Governor Hutchinson began his weekly COVID-19 briefing with an update on rental assistance. He said those with eviction notices will have their applications prioritized, adding that funds are available to be paid to eligible tenants. Additional staffing has also been added to the program with the addition of 70 contract worker to help distribute the workload.
In terms of COVID-19, Arkansas reports 2,181 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours. That is down from a week ago when the numbers were around 2,800. There are 1,209 hospitalized in the state, down 19 from the week prior.
As if 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, 23 ICU beds were available statewide, 10 specifically of COVID. Governor Hutchinson also specified there are 2 pediatric ICU beds. He said it is not where the state wants to be, but it is better than what it has been.
The state is monitoring the situation and are working to secure 27 more ICU beds this month to meet any additional needs. A 20-person military team is also coming in to assist UAMS staffing needs.
School associated cases also came up during the briefing, including a graph showing what is being seen in schools with a mask mandate, those with a partial mask policy, and those without a mask policy in place.
The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.
Watch the full press conference in the video player above.
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