Spreading the word to stop the spread is the key to containing the coronavirus. But as long as the caseload keeps rising, contact tracers and case investigators can only do so much.
The health department director also talks about the line he must walk between providing information and preventing people from panicking in the face of the pandemic.
Some 908,900 Arkansans may become infected with the novel coronavirus over the course of the next six months, according to an epidemiological model of the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas provided by the Arkansas Hospital Association to its members today. Among those who become infected, an estimated 190,800 Arkansans may need hospital care and 41,400 may need to be hospitalized in intensive care units in the next six months, according to the projections.