Special Message from Dr. Fatih

 
Friday, April 3rd Update
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
Governor Asa Hutchinson reported there are 61 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday’s press briefing. The total number of positive cases in the state is at 704. COVID-19 deaths in Arkansas remain at 12, and 60 Arkansans have recovered. Seventy-one 71) persons are hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 20 children that have tested positive. The Health Department map of all cases can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
 
Governor Hutchinson announced the state has received its first shipment of open market procured personal protective gear (PPE) such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. According to UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson the shipment is at a federal surplus facility in North Little Rock, and UAMS will work with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to distribute supplies where it is needed in the state. 
 
The Governor also highlighted the use of a UAMS mobile testing unit to screen and test areas of Arkansas. The mobile testing unit held its first field visit in Helena where it screened 123 individuals, and will go out into other communities next week.
 
Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith shared data highlighting the importance of individuals with underlying health conditions to take care of themselves and follow social distancing guidelines in order to reduce the risk of hospitalization. Dr. Smith also noted tobacco risk is a risk factor for heart and lung disease, and encouraged Arkansans to take this opportunity to break the habit. For tobacco cessation or other health tips, click on the link below:
 
Prior to closing the press conference, the Governor shared there will be additional enforcement actions announced during Saturday’s press briefing. To subscribe to the Governor’s YouTube Channel, click on the link below:
 
To view Friday’s full press conference, click on the following link: 
 
APSRC Updates
 
Webinar: Screencastify Screen Recorder for Teachers
 
Screencastify provides teachers a more personalized approach to reach their students through video recordings. Once the videos are created, they can be implemented with either blended or flipped lessons.
 
Time: April 7, 2020, 10:00 am Central. Length: 30 minutes
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Webinar: How to Use Google Hangouts Meet for Teachers
 
G Suite for Education users now have the opportunity to use Google Meet to communicate with their students and staff through video conferencing. With options now available, such as control of entry to virtual meetings, keeping track of participants and recording the sessions directly to Google Drive, the Google Meet platform is an added tool to a teachers’ online presence.
 
Time: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 10:00 am Central; Length: 30 minutes
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Be sure to regularly check our website. We will continue to provide daily updates and additional resources on APSRC's website at https://www.apsrc.net/departments/communications/covid-19-updates/.
 
Sincerely,
 
Christina Fowler
Director of Communications
501.492.4300