LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave an update on COVID-19 in Arkansas on Friday.
Gov. Hutchinson started the briefing by issuing a proclamation for Juneteenth.
Unemployment has declined, according to Gov. Hutchinson.
Gov. Hutchinson also announced payments for Emergency Medical Service workers.
Gov. Hutchinson reports the largest growth in community cases in one day.
The latest positivity rate is about 7%.
The Arkansas Department of Health also issued guidance regarding face coverings.
During the press conference, Gov. Hutchinson urged the public to follow the guidance.
Dr. Smith breaks down the latest COVID-19 numbers.
Late Friday, state health officials also released detailed numbers including numbers from Region 8 counties. Craighead County had 385 total cases as of Friday, up 13 from Thursday; while Crittenden County had 573 cases, up 11 from Thursday. Greene County saw a nine-case increase over Thursday, having 87 total cases, while Clay County had seven new cases and is now at 31 total cases.
Dr. Smith also noted a significant increase and said there might be a connection with what people are doing on the weekends.
Officials were asked about a possible correlation between lifting restrictions at restaurants.
Gov. Hutchinson was asked about President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday.
Gov. Hutchinson also responded to Kansas, adding Arkansas to its quarantine list.
Gov. Hutchinson was about Juneteenth becoming a state holiday.
Gov. Hutchinson and Dr. Smith give remarks on UAMS modeling.