Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in his 1:30 p.m. press conference today that the Arkansas Department of Health has revised its "Directive on Resuming Elective Procedures, Phase II" (which took effect Monday) as follows:
"Effective May 18, 2020, the requirement to have a negative COVID-19 NAAT test within 48 hours prior to the elective procedure is modified to extend the time frame for a negative test to within 72 hours prior to the elective procedure. A negative COVID-19 result within 48 hours prior to procedure is still strongly encouraged if at all possible."
In the press conference, the governor said that the revision was prompted by feedback from health care providers that the 48-hour timeline for a negative test was, in some cases, unattainable. He also emphasized the part of the revision that says a 48-hour turnaround is still preferred, whenever possible. Click here to read the Phase II directive, complete with today's revision.