LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public Wednesday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
Hutchinson gave the new numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, with deaths in the state reaching over the 500 mark, with 18 more people who have died from COVID-19 deaths since March. The state now has 508 deaths in almost five months.
Also, the Arkansas Department of Education announced the Ready for School Resource Call Center, to provide help for parents and teachers to call if they have questions.
ADE is partnering with UAMS, Dept of Health, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Marshall Islands Consulate, and others.
Sec. of Education Johnny Key updated guidance for school reopenings, saying it’s “expected that all school districts offer on-site learning opportunities each day of the 5-day school week.”
Hutchinson announced that the state was “setting a goal of testing 100% of Arkansas’ prison population by the end of the month.”
Hutchinson said 10 of 19 facilities have been fully tested, and 10 National Guard personnel are being assigned to assist in the prison testing process.
Governor Hutchinson mentioned the UAMS model that showed where Arkansas could be, if things weren’t corrected.
Hutchinson announced that he was also removing the interim tag from Dr. Jose Romero as Secretary of Health for the state of Arkansas.