April 6: Clay County’s first case; Arkansas schools closed; 875 cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas

Numbers released by the Arkansas Department of Health Monday showed 20 cases in Craighead County and 875 in Arkansas. Izard County also reported its first case on Monday (scroll down), according to their county judge. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller reported his county had its first confirmed case, too.

Also, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Monday afternoon that there would be no more in-school classes for the remainder of the school year. Classes will continue AMI/online. (Scroll down to read more)

4:45 PM:

Confirmed Cases in Arkansas: 875
Recovered: 102
Deaths: 16
Total Tested: 12,845

Craighead County is up to 20 confirmed with 192 negative test results. Crittenden County is at 53 confirmed with 322 negative. Cleburne County is at 65. Randolph, Sharp, Greene, Lawrence, and Mississippi counties are all listed at 1-4.

To see the latest numbers for your county from the Arkansas Department of Health’s interactive map, click here.

1:40 PM:

United States Total: 347,003; 10,335 deaths; 18,953 recovered

Global Total: 1,309,439; 72,638 deaths, 273,546 recovered

Source: JHU

Tuesday night’s Jonesboro council meeting to be conducted differently

The public will be able to watch the Council meeting either by the City’s FacebookLive stream or Suddenlink Ch. 24. Residents of Jonesboro can participate in the meeting in any of several ways:

  • Questions, information or comments can be dropped off by 3 p.m. Tuesday at the east door of the Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St., in an envelope marked “City Council Meeting.”
  • They can be emailed to CouncilComments@jonesboro.org either in advance or in real time during the meeting.
  • Residents can comment via FacebookLive on the City of Jonesboro AR Facebook page.
  • Telephone call to 870-336-7248. (Please other methods if possible.)

Walmart limits number of shoppers who can enter

With so many going to grocery stores including Walmart, the Arkansas-based retailer announced new measures to begin Saturday limiting the number of shoppers in the store to five per 1,000 square feet. Read more from Talk Business & Politics.

A-State college of nursing responding COVID-19, tornado

press release

JONESBORO – Students, faculty and alumni from the College of Nursing and Health Professions  (CNHP) Emergency Medical Services Program at Arkansas State University are on the front line fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as well as helping victims of the tornado that struck the city of Jonesboro, Saturday, March 28.

“Our paramedic students are very involved in the COVID-19 response,” said Sara Walker, director of A-State’s Emergency Medical Services Program. “Our paramedic students are actively working on the frontlines as EMTs at their respective ambulance agencies. As of now, I believe each of our students has been in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. They have been incredible in their response as professionals and also in their studies as a full-time student.”

12:40 PM

1:30 PM press update scheduled by Governor Asa Hutchinson

Based upon public health concerns, for remainder of this school year, there will not be in-school instruction. The governor announced


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First confirmed case in Izard County

A post by the Izard County Judge Eric Smith indicates the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in his county.

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School closed for on-site instruction for rest of the semester/school year

Based upon public health concerns, for remainder of this school year, there will not be in-school instruction, the governor announced on Monday.

Districts may continue nutritional services through meal delivery or meal-to-go options.

Schools and educators should set reasonable expectations for developing AMI plans. It is impractical to try to replicate the in school experience at home.

Seniors who were in good standing as of the third nine weeks will have met the state guidelines to graduate and will graduate, even if they’re continuing work on AP or other course works.

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First confirmed case in Clay County

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Mayor stresses masks for public interactions

press release

Workers in food preparation, drive-thru services and anyone who has to interact with others in close quarters should wear a mask to reduce chances of transmitting or acquiring the coronavirus, Mayor Harold Perrin said Monday.

Perrin has been wearing his own mask for a week and strongly advocates all of Jonesboro to wear masks when doing business in public.

“Of course, a mask is not guaranteed protection against COVID-19,” Perrin said. “But I’ve seen too many people who are not social distancing, and both masks and social distancing are crucial to getting us through this time.”

Perrin cited the change in Centers for Disease Control protocol, in addition to his own experience, in the request. “In those moments when we can’t be at home or social distancing when we are out, a mask is our last line of defense. Anyone not wearing a mask puts themselves and everyone they encounter at risk.”

Perrin and Dr. Shane Speights, a City medical director, also stressed the importance of social distancing among student-aged children.

“In talking with Dr. Speights, he pointed out the large numbers of 21 and under who are still getting together out and about,” Perrin said. “Young adults need to hear this message and heed it. Parents of children need to find a way to keep them from leaving home to hang out with friends. This is serious, and everyone should treat it seriously.”

Mayor asks for two emergency items to be added to council agenda late Monday

An ordinance to allow the mayor to declare an emergency curfew pursuant to state law and remove the requirement of city council to approve extensions within 48 hours was introduced late Monday. Also introduced was a resolution establishing meeting protocol related to COVID-19 guidelines and concerns. Read the full text of both at these respective links:

ORD-20-013 RES-20-044

This story will be updated with additional headlines all day Monday, April 6. Check back and refresh for the latest news and numbers.

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