Gov. on COVID-19; Sequential days of increases “worrisome.” 849 active cases statewide

Governor Hutchinson: Arkansas is receiving a supply of remdesivir from the CDC - enough for 50 patients. It will be distributed by the Department of Health.

Gov. on COVID-19; Sequential days of increases “worrisome.” 849 active cases statewide
May 12 Ark. COVID briefing

Hutchinson said, “What we are seeing in Forrest City is due to inadequate testing at the FCI, in particular testing of the staff. It is not the result of any moves to reopen.”

Dr. Smith said he heard about a graduation party in St. Francis County this Friday, he said, "That is probably not a good idea.”

Hutchinson announced that Arkansas is receiving a supply of Remdesivir from the CDC, enough for 50 patients. It will be distributed by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Dr. Smith said, “52 patients looked eligible for it Monday, and it’s not for those with kidney or liver disease.”

Hutchinson said decisions will be made May 18 for bars reopening, and May 20 for summer camps and youth sports in Arkansas.

Governor Hutchinson also announced a cease-and-desist order against TempleLive, a concert venue in Fort Smith that was planning to host a rock show this Friday.

Dr. Smith said, “A spike versus an outbreak has to be seen in context. What might be an outbreak in a smaller town would be a spike in a larger city like Little Rock.”

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