Winter COVID-19 Task Force meets for first time

The hospital leaders, doctors, and officials have started the process of addressing COVID-19 issues in the state of Arkansas.

Hospital CEO talks about COVID-19 meeting

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Winter COVID-19 Task Force went over some goals and expectations for the next couple of months to address hospitalizations and slow the virus’s spread.

According to St. Bernards Healthcare CEO and President Chris Barber, the task force has already indicated a positive direction going forward.

Barber says that they are taking steps to find solutions to help each community in the state while keeping the economy open.

“We want to continue to build the economy as we go through this,” Barber said, " I think you have to look at the data and see where there’s spread and what strategies you can take in those specific geographies and one solution may not be the same that you have in another solution, so I think you have to tailor that in order to meet the needs of your community."

Barber explained that the task force had been divided into subcommittees to handle different aspects of the pandemic, such as bed capacity, patient transfer, needed equipment and general state issues.

He also mentioned that the task force is anticipating that they will start giving people vaccinations later this year.

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