4,164 Cases Uptick of 121 new cases
849 active cases
100 are those of community - 27 are from St. Francis County
21 in correctional facilities
12 on ventilator
50 nursing homes have at least one or more staff or residents
299 residents tested positive
174 staff members positive with COVID-19
3 additional cases - 900 inmates
1,753 tests conducted within the last 24 hours
No new reports to Forest City, AR
Arkansas is receiving a quantity of Remdesivir Injection made by Gilead Sciences out of Forest City, CA. Enough for 50 patients in Arkansas. Distributed by the ADH. Help our patients who have respiratory problems. Gives relief and a speedy recovery. Of the 59 currently hospitalized, some will not qualify for the drug. Dr. Nate Smith said it is not a miracle drug. Yesterday, there were 52 who have met the criteria. Do not administer to anyone with severe liver or kidney disease. Will be under the care of their physician.
Future decision points: Making announcements on what we are doing for a particular grouping or restrictions. May 18 a decision will be made in terms of bars. Summer camps and team sports will be announced on May 20.
Arkansas have testing capabilities through commercial labs and UAMS and some hospitals
Have testing kits from federal partners
Plenty of collection kits; Need people of the community to come forward and get tested
Arkansans must work together to get testing done. Important to get testing done.
The state needs to know who is positive or negative.
Continue with social distancing and wearing masks.