REPLAY: Governor Hutchinson gives Arkansas COVID-19 update on March 22

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, will provide an update this afternoon regarding Arkansas’s COVID-19 response.

Asa Hutchinson during a press briefing.

Watch it here at 1:30 p.m. on March 22.

Get the latest number of cases here.

During a press briefing on March 21, Hutchinson said Arkansas may not see COVID-19 peak for six to eight weeks.

“From looking at other states and projections that we can make here, and these are our best estimates, Arkansas is likely to reach the peak of COVID-19 spread in six to eight weeks,” Hutchinson said. “At the peak, we are likely to see 1,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.”

The governor went to say that such a number would strain the state’s “hospitals, our medical system, our economy, and it endangers lives.”

He said the state’s goal is to “flatten the peak,” and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“This is where we need everyone’s help,” Hutchinson said. “We have asked the public to engage in social distancing. We have asked you to engage in screening if you’re involved in a business so that you can better protect the employees. And to avoid unnecessary travel.”

He urged Arkansans to observe these “common sense” measures for their own benefit and others. He also advised groups of no greater than 10.