(08/19/20) - ABC has inspected more than 1,000 businesses

(08/19/20)  ABC has inspected more than 1,000 businesses

The following statistics were shared Wednesday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 54,216 total confirmed cases, up 729 from 53,487 on Tuesday. 
  • 5,919 active cases, up 21 from Tuesday.
  • 47,666 recoveries, up 696 from Tuesday.
  • 631 deaths, up 12 from Tuesday.
  • 499 cases requiring hospitalization, up seven from Tuesday.
  • 114 cases requiring a ventilator, down eight from Tuesday. 
  • 1,207 cumulative cases in Garland County, up six from Tuesday.  
  • 208 active cases in Garland County, down 31 from Tuesday.  
  • 981 recoveries in Garland County, up 36 from Tuesday. 
  • 18 deaths in Garland County, up one from Tuesday.

In the past 24 hours, the number of new cases in Arkansas was 729, with 653 from the community and 75 from correctional facilities. Counties with the number of new cases higher than 20 in the past 24 hours are Pulaski (65), Jefferson (56), Sebastian (52), Craighead (33), Washington (32), Pope (30), Benton (29), Mississippi (25), Garland (25) and Johnson (22).

The number of tests completed in the past 24 hours was 6,025. 

Gov. Hutchinson announced that today, August 19, 2020, the State of Arkansas will be submitting an application to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in order to receive the $300 per week enhanced unemployment compensation. For the recipients of this compensation, FEMA will have to approve this and the State of Arkansas will need to adjust the system to make sure the amount can be distributed. Even if everything is approved and in its place, this could take weeks to distribute. Hutchinson also cautioned that the Federal guidance could change as Congress is still in discussion and debate.

There is data from the UAMS Modeling system such as COVID infections that cannot be used in the future to determine if the modeling is right or wrong. This is because they don’t predict every day active or new cases, but measures all of the infections that may not be known, which means “you cannot measure the true predictability or accuracy of the presented modeling prediction.” The hospitalizations and ICU needs are concrete data which can be compared to performances against those models.

Hutchinson remarked that the Alcohol Beverage Control Enforcement and Arkansas Department of Health conducted 1,210 COVID inspections since the COVID guidelines have been in place. Their assessments show 90% of inspected businesses are compliant. They have found 113 violations which were mostly verbal warnings and 17% citations. 

Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero reminded individuals, who have submitted plans for mitigation for large events to the Health Department for approval, to follow the guidelines as issued and corrected by the Health Department. 

Alcohol Beverage Control’s (ABC) Director of Enforcement Mike Moore reported that the inspections have been very impactful. ABC has been able to help businesses understand the guidelines and help slow the virus to provide a positive outcome. The common goal is to see businesses stay open.