Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith announced that the team of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Northwest Arkansas are beginning to prepare a written report for the state.
Officials first arrived on Sunday, June 14.
“The CDC team is continuing to work in the northwest part of the state,” Smith said at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference. “They are beginning to prepare their written report for us and hopefully we’ll have something within the next week.”
Furthermore, Smith said another set of officials from the CDC came to Arkansas this week.
“We actually have a second CDC team that joined us this week focusing on better describing transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes and Arkansas has been selected as a state to do that I think because of our very good partnership with the nursing homes,” he said. “Hopefully, we will learn additional information about how COVID-19 spreads in nursing homes and that will be information that will help us in our response but also help other states as well.”
After the press conference, Smith told Arkansas Money & Politics that there will actually be “two teams that swap out” because they will be collecting data for six weeks and then analyzing it.
“They will try and cover as much of that with alternating teams, but also working in partnership with our team so they may not have to be here the entire six weeks to collect all the data,” he said.
According to Smith, the written report the first CDC team is working on in Northwest Arkansas will be available to the public. The state will most likely “get little pieces of information” from the second CDC team focusing on nursing homes, but a written report “will probably be months away” due to the length of time for the project.