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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Just yesterday, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson released a press release announcing the first presumptive positive case of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in Arkansas. This case was found in an individual in Pine Bluff. Today another presumptive positive case was found in a worker at the Arkansas Children's Hopsital in Little Rock. Since the announcement of the second case, there have been 4 additional presumptive positive cases found for a total of 6 cases. Those cases are found in Grant, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline counties. What this means is that the test was positive according to a test conducted here in Arkansas, but was being sent on to the CDC for confirmation. 

For further information about the Coronavirus and how it is affecting Arkansas click on the following links:

Arkansas Department of Health

ADH COVID-19 Resources

Public Health Flyer Notice-ADH

Keeping your environment safe

CDC COVID-19

CDC-about the Coronavirus

Due to this outbreak, certain venues are taking precaution and are limiting or closing to the public to limit and hopefully prevent further spread. This afternoon, Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston ordered the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes. Other venues include the U of A is suspending all in-person classes and will move to an all on-line class or other alternative course delivery starting Monday, March 16, 2020, and multiple school districts in Grant, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline counties in central Arkansas will close through March 30, 2020. 

UPDATE: There are 3 more that have tested as presumptive positive for the Coronavirus, however, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. of Little Rock, AR confirmed the first community transmission case of COVID-19 in Little Rock, Arkansas. These 3 more cases make a total of 9 presumptive positive cases; all located in central Arkansas. UAMS is now offering free online screening tests for anyone in Arkansas who suspects they are showing symptoms of the Coronavirus. The portal is called UAMShealthnow and it allows them to speak to a nurse practicioner or doctor over facetime. The staffing for this will be 24/7. This is strictly a screening tool. The doctors will not be diagnosing anyone with the virus. 

For a list of Arkansas Coronavirus Closure, Click Here

For a closer look at the Coronavirus and the facts Click here.

To stay up on the Coronavirus, here are the links to the news channels in this area:

Channel 5

40/29

KNWA Fox 24

President Donald Trump declared national emergency on March 13, 2020; Friday. 

Update 3/16/2020: As of March 15, 2020 the CDC has recommended that any event that will have more than 50 people attending not be held to help try to contain the virus for at least 8 weeks. (CDC-Mass Gatherings).

Since March 11, 2020 16 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Arkansas located in the following counties: Pulaski, Jefferson, Saline, and Garland.

As of 6:40 PM, March 15, 2020; all schools will be closed until the end of the month. Here is a list of restaurants providing lunch for schools kids while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak Restaurants.

Washington Regional Medical Center opens a Coronavirus Screening clinic on March 16, 2020. 10 am to 10 pm 7 days a week. They have also opened a COVID-19 hotline. People can call 479-463-2055. It will be available 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm. 

List of cancelled events and updates from 4029 News

There are now 22 COVID-19 positive cases in the State of Arkansas. Healthy Arkansas.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced that price gouging laws are in effect.

There is a $10,000 fine for this. Governor Asa Hutchinson has cautioned against "Panic buying."

Update 3/16/2020: President Trump has issued a media press asking that Americans avoid gatherings of 10 or more people for the next 15 days to slow the spread. 

There is testing of a vaccine.

As of noon on 3/16/2020 the total number of cases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands is 3,487 with 68 deaths.

County Judge Barry Moehring has announced that all county offices are closed to the public except for the following exceptions: Circuit Court and the Department of Revenue Office located 2401 SW D St. in Bentonville. Benton County Closure Update. (Click for more information.)

Update 3/18/2020: Governor Asa Hutchinson has asked that the Arkansas Department of Commerce to expedite unemployment benefits to assist Arkansans whose employment status may be impacted by COVID-19 outbreak. The Governor has asked the Arkansas Department of Commerce to waive the normal waiting period of one week. This will allow the department to pay claims more quickly. He has also asked to waive current work-search requirements for 30 days, allowing the unemployed to receive benefits without seeking other employment. This exception applies only to those employed by businesses that are temporarily closed with plans to re-open. 

The Governor has directed the Department of Commerce to allow the unemployed to apply for benefits online or by telephone rather than in person in a further effort to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19

To locate an Arkansas Workforce Center near you Click here, or you can visit https://www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov/ to complete your application online.

We now have 30 confirmed cases in the State of Arkansas with Washington County having their first Presumptive Positive test. There are now 10 counties in the state of Arkansas affected with the COVID-19. Those counties are: Washington, Cleburn, Faulkner, Pulaski, Saline, Garland, Jefferson, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Desha. 

Mayor, Bob Tharp has issued a statement stating that effective immediately there will be no meetings held in city buildings in the City of DECATUR of more than 10 until March 29, 2020, per the request of President Donald J. Trump. This will be reviewed as needed. 

Further in compliance with CDC directive, after March 29, 2020 which supports President Trump's request as stated above, or an adjusted date to be determined, for 8 weeks with ending date on approximately May 1, 2020 we will limit meetings to 50 or less. 

Update 3/19/2020 There are now 62 positive confirmed cases in Arkansas. Of the 62 cases, 6 are children, 41 are ages 19 to 64, and 15 are ages 65 and older. Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference today stating that the schools will remain closed for an additional 3 weeks making it not to resume until 4/17/2020. The following counties are now infected: Wasington, Searcy, Pope, and Van Buren, Cleburn, Independence, Craighead, Poinsett, Faulkner, Saline, Garland, Pulaski, Seiver, Clark, Grant, Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Lincoln, and Bradley. 

Bars and restaurants will close for dine in, and will be limited to carry out and delivery only. Indoor venues will be closed to non-essential functions. Governor Asa Hutchinson recommends that businesses move to teleconferences, or remote work as well as enforce social distancing and screening of staff and visitors.

The Governor will tap Community Development Block Grant funds and the state's Quick Action Closing Fund to support small busineses and nonprofits that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has made a formal request for a disaster declaration for small businesses, which will open up loans of up to $2 million in working capital. He stated that "the state cannot cover every loss of business, but we can help with bridge loans to assist companies, nonprofits, and child-care-voucher providers weather this slowdown and retain workers during this national emergency."

The state will allocate $12 million in block grant money and up to $4 million form the quick-action fund to provide bridge loans to help midsize companies and nonprofits remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also announced that the state will increase re-imbursement for child-care voucher providers who care for children who receive federal child-care assistance and that remain open through March 27.

The Departmen of Human Services will suspend the renewal process for child-care vouchers for 30 days. 

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston has stated that to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners recommend that eligible voters be notified that they have the option of voting by absentee ballot if they wish. All Arkansans who are eligible to vote in a runoff election are eligible to cast an absentee ballot under the Arkansas's existing absentee voting law. To receive an absentee ballot, the eligible voter must submit an application to his or her local county clerk. Applications sent via mail, fax, or email must be received by the County Clerk no later than March 24th.