Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health Dr. Nathaniel Smith’s COVID-19 Update to Media (04.01.20 1:30pm): Yesterday: 523 Positive Reported Cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas Today: 584 Positive Reported Cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas (up 61 from yesterday) Breakdown: 18 Children 170 Ages 65+ 396 Ages 18-64 56 Hospitalized (down 8 from yesterday) Of the 56 hospitalized, 25 currently on a ventilator (up 2 from yesterday) 10 Deaths 42 Recovered (up 7 from yesterday) 51 in Nursing Homes (+4 from yesterday) Comorbid Conditions: 50 Diabetes 40 Heart Disease 26 Chronic Lung Disease 12 Chronic Kidney Disease 1 Chronic Liver Disease 18 Immunocompromised 8 pregnant women 84 Health care Workers tested positive (up 5 from yesterday) (Breakdown by professional tomorrow) 903 Test Done yesterday 147 ADH Lab 65 UAMS Lab 691 Commercial Labs 7124 Total testing to date in Arkansas. 32 Total have ever been on a ventilator due to COVID-19 in Arkansas 90 have ever been on a ventilator due to COVID-19 in Arkansas The 2 new deaths are in the age group greater than 65. Partnership with Walmart, Quest Diagnostics with the ADH in Bentonville for a drive though testing for Fist Responders. If this partnership and testing service goes well, hopefully will move to other areas of the State. STATE PARKS: APRIL 3 will move to day use only eliminating all overnight opportunities. Limited parking - Only allowed onsite in approved lots. Some parks gate closed when parking lot is full. Will issue citations if parked on streets and outside of parking lots. Recommending Buffalo National Park scenic national park closed through this emergency till safe to reopen. Cedar Falls at Petit Jean Park closed. East and West Summit Trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park closed. Additional Trail and park closing on social media pages and State Park website as things change. Rep. Reginald Murdock tested positive for COVID-19. The measures they took for the House meeting, Social Distancing, give the Legislators confidence that they were not at risk at that time. Reinforces what they did and the steps they took and reemphasizes the measures they took.