Dr. Jose Romero, Secretary of Health, and Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, State Epidemiologist, updated the public Thursday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.
The 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases by region shows Northeast Ark. on an upward trend. Hutchinson said "this should be a reminder to take action. The northeast is not going in the right direction now."
“Our objective is to increase the number of people who protect others by wearing a mask. We are in a public health emergency and it shouldn’t be too much to ask everyone to do their part,” said Hutchinson.
“Evidence is clear that masks are useful in source control,” Dr. Nate Smith says. “Your surgeon always wears a mask because you don’t want what’s coming out of nose and mouth. We know that they [masks] work.”