Gov. discusses churches and hospital capacity in COVID-19 update
By Pam Lowe
Friday, June 26 saw a new single day record for community spread cases in Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Health reported 52 total cases for Clay County with 29 active cases. 20 recovered and 3 deaths.
In his daily update, the Governor Hutchinson confirmed 18,740 known cases of Covid-19, which was an increase of 678 over Thursday. There were 7 additional deaths bringing the total number of known deaths to 249.
The breakdown of the 678 cases were 669 cases were from community spread, and nine cases from correctional facilities.
Out of the known 5,707 active cases, the total community cases are 4,978. The remaining numbers are 108 - nursing homes, and correctional facilities - 621.
During the update, reported activity from active cases in the 14 days prior to diagnosis was shared. The percentages were: 2% visited a restaurant, .6% visited a barbershop, 2% went to church, .3% visited a daycare, .3% visited a gym, 2% visited a clinic or dentist, and .4% visited a hotel or motel. The governor said there is not a correlation between lifting restrictions and increase in cases.
The governor and Secretary Smith discussed church-related cases saying there were clusters of cases in churches in northeast Arkansas, which according to a list sent by ADH to Region 8 news included the following churches: Big T Apostolic Church in Corning, Central Baptist Church-Central Campus in Jonesboro, Harrison Chapel Baptist Church in Beebe, Oak Hill Church of God in Forrest City and First United Pentecostal Church in Beebe.
There are 284 hospitalizations, with 63 Arkansans on a ventilator.
Governor Hutchinson addressed hospital capacity on Friday and provided the following breakdown: The northwest region has 42 ICU beds available; the central region, 60, the northeast region, 32, the southeast region, 18, and the southwest region, 18.
There are currently 851 known active cases among poultry workers.
The governor reported that ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) officers will now be used as additional compliance resources and they will report to ADH on any restaurants that do not comply with directives.