Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Monday the creation of a “post-peak” advisory board to examine testing capabilities and social-distancing protocols and make necessary recommendations to avoid a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board is expected to issue its first report later this week. Arkansas is expected to hit its case peak on April 29, according to Arkansas Health Secretary Nate Smith.
Hutchinson signed an executive order creating the board on April 11 with Smith serving as board chair. The board consists of seven physicians from the Arkansas Department of Health.
“The doctors on this board will help give us guidance on what it will look like on the downhill side of the slope,” Hutchinson said.
Joining Smith on the board are Jose Romero, chief medical officer and chief of pediatric infectious disease at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)/Arkansas Children’s; Naveen Patil, medical director for infectious disease; Jennifer Dillaha, state epidemiologist; Austin Porter, deputy chief science officer and assistant professor at the UAMS College of Public Health; Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe; Jerrilyn Jones, medical director for preparedness and response and associate professor of emergency medicine at UAMS, and Sam Greenfield, medical Director for family health and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UAMS.