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Governor Asa Hutchinson says we are “moving in the right direction”, plans to announce more about phase 1 on Monday

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FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks at the National Governor Association 2018 winter meeting in Washington. Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country. The House on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, gave final approval by an 86-1 vote to the bill, which Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he supports. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The death toll from coronavirus in Arkansas stands at 73 with 3,372 positive cases in the state, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in a May 2 news conference. The governor was joined by Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith as they released the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 in the state. Additional details they provided:

The Governor announced that they were able to do 1,521 tests Friday. He said that the daily cases “going in right direction”

He also said that Monday an announcement will be made regarding Phase 1 guidance for larger venues and houses of worship.

Governor Hutchinson noted that some experts say COVID-19 is likely to be with us this Fall and they are preparing for the long term, and they will continue to emphasize social distancing.

Dr. Smith updated the numbers for COVID-19 in the state.

There 1,312 active cases with 20 on ventilators, and 100 hospitalized, which is up 5 from yesterday.

There have been 28 nursing home deaths total so far, while 145 nursing home workers and staff have tested positive.

There has been 1,987 recoveries in total.

A federally funded portable PPE decontamination unit is now in the state that uses hydrogen peroxide.

There is a 24 to 72 hour turnaround to decontaminate PPE.

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