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Updates through 4/3/20

 

The City of Benton has issued a “stay at home” order for juveniles in the city limits.  The city has closed all publicly owned facilities and park areas.  (4/3/20) 

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that all Arkansas State Parks will be day use only.  No overnight stays allowed effective Friday 4/3/20.  Some of the high use trails may not be available.  (4/2/20)

 

Little Rock has closed all of the playground, basketball and volleyball courts in the parks.  Open areas are still available.  (4/1/20)

 

Jacksonville has closed all pavilions, playground equipment and basketball courts in their parks.  Recycling has been suspended.  There is also a city curfew from 10pm til 5am.  (4/1/20)

 

Sherwood has closed their playground equipment and basketball courts are closed til further notice.  Open areas area available. (4/1/20)

 

Community Health Centers are offering COVID-19 testing at 69 sites statewide.  For information call 1-833-508-0774 for go to their website.  http://www.chc-ar.org/coronavirus-testing-sites  (4/2/20)

 

Buffalo River National Park is closed.  (4/3/20)

 

Waste Management says the Central Arkansas recycling program will continue.  Please continue to put appropriate materials as usual for neighborhood collection.  (4/3/20)

 

Arkansas Boys State 2020 has been canceled.  (4/3/20) 

 

Goodwill Arkansas is collecting gloves, masks and safety equipment for front line health workers.  Businesses and residents are asked to donate any supplies they may have. Donations will be taken by no contact at any Goodwill dropoff location.  Pop your trunk and they’ll do the rest.  (4/2/20)

 

CALS has extended their closure until April 20th.  Their online library is available for free and they’re doing limited curbside pickup.  WiFi hotspot have been moved so they’re accessible from the parking lots.  Free lunches for kids available at several locations.  If you have a book, no overdue fee.  Return when libraries reopen.  You can download up to 5 songs per week and you can research your family tree on the Ancestry Library Edition.  More info at cals.org  (Updated 4/3/20)

 


Baptist Health Opens COVID-19 Screening Sites Throughout Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  Baptist Health has set up sites at various locations throughout Arkansas to evaluate people who are concerned about possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A list of the locations is below:

Arkadelphia

For Clark County residents, Baptist Health-Arkadelphia has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the parking lot of Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley, 10 Montgomery Drive in Arkadelphia.

  • The drive-thru clinic is an extension of the clinic and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.
  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Clark County site should call ahead to (870) 245-2198 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Conway

Baptist Health-Conway has set up a triage in the front area of the hospital’s Emergency Department where medical personnel will triage and medically screen patients. Patients will be treated and billed as an emergency room visit. It is operating from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Heber Springs

For Cleburne County residents, Baptist Health-Heber Springs has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the hospital’s back parking lot at 1800 Bypass Road. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Friday, March 27.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at this site should call ahead to (501) 887-3279 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Little Rock

Baptist Health-Little Rock has set up a triage in the Medical Towers II parking deck as an extension of the Emergency Department. Patients will be treated and billed as an emergency room visit. It is operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Malvern

For Hot Spring County residents, Baptist Health-Hot Spring County has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location at 2204 Sullenberger Ave. in Malvern. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Hot Spring County site should call ahead to (501) 413-9106 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment.

Stuttgart

For Arkansas County residents, Baptist Health-Stuttgart has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the parking lot of Baptist Health Stuttgart Medical Clinic, 1609 North Medical Drive in Stuttgart. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Arkansas County site should call ahead to (870) 673-7211 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment.

 

Visit baptist-health.com/coronavirus for more details regarding Baptist Health’s response to the coronavirus disease, including visitor restrictions at hospitals, access to care, COVID-19 education and drive-thru screening sites.

ARKANSAS CLOSINGS – SCHEDULE CHANGES –  KATV 4 SOURCED

Postponements and cancellations continue across Arkansas amid the coronavirus crisis.

NOTE: Meals for LRSD students to continue during school closure

UA Little Rock – effectively immediately, face-to-face classes will migrate to online – until further notice. On-campus events canceled through April 30 unless written authorization is granted by the vice chancellor.

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service all classes will be moved online. Public events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester, including Clinton School Speaker Series programs and the National Community Philanthropy Conference, have been cancelled or postponed with hopes to reschedule during the 2020-21 academic year.

Clinton Presidential Center will suspend most operations from March 14 through March 30, 2020. Includes: Library’s permanent and temporary exhibits, Research room, and Clinton Museum Store will be closed. 42 bar and table will suspend in-restaurant service but will offer a limited lunch menu available for curbside pick-up in Celebration Circle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arkansas State University (all-campus trial of online class delivery for next Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. All classes will meet as scheduled on Monday, March 16). Following this online trial, Arkansas State will return from Spring Break in online classroom delivery starting Monday, March 30.

UCA classes canceled March 13-16. Courses transition to online only on March 17. Click here for full details.

Hendrix College (Conway) In-person classes will be canceled as of Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16: College-owned housing will close at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: In-person classes will be canceled, and faculty training will be held for the transition to remote learning. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27: The College’s Spring Break will continue as planned. Monday, March 30: Remote courses will begin, along with academic advising and registration for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Arkansas Tech University – In-person classes cease at 5 p.m. March 13 and move toward online instruction.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (through March 30). Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff) – closed through Sunday, March 15. Instruction is limited to online only, but the campus is NOT closed, administrative offices are open.

Southern Arkansas University Magnolia campus has cancelled all face-to-face classes scheduled for the week of March 16-20 prior to spring break March 23-27. Course delivery shifts fully online beginning March 30 through the remainder of the semester.

Pulaski Technical College – in-person classes canceled March 12-29, college continues to provide online learning and staff offices remain open.

UAM, UAM-Crossett and UAM-McGehee- all classes moved online only, student activities canceled until at least March 30.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith: no on-campus classes from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. A decision to move classes online will not be made until Wednesday, March 26, with the hopes that students can return to campus Monday, March 30.

Shorter College: Full-time faculty and staff will report to work during normal operating hours. Faculty will also adhere to regularly scheduled office hours. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) starting March 13, 2020. During this time, students are required to complete assignments within the allotted time. All student events are canceled until further notice. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020.

Philander Smith College has made the decision to move from in-person class instruction to a hybrid remote approach effective Monday, March 23rd until further notice. Students will be on Spring Break as scheduled March 16 – 20. The following week (beginning March 23), the Spring Semester will resume with classes offered remotely – a hybrid model that will employ a mix of online and other remote capabilities. During the suspension of in-person classes, the campus will remain operational for staff and faculty. The 2020 Founder’s Day Celebration, which was to take place March 26, has been postponed. In conjunction, the leadership of the PSC-National Alumni Association is rescheduling its 64th Alumni Convention that was scheduled for March 26 – 29 in Little Rock.

Below, find schedule changes/closures for other facilities and events:

CITIES/COUNTIES:

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office: all in-person jail visitation has been suspended.

Hot Springs Convention Center, including Bank OZK Arena, closed to the public.

Hot Springs Police Department lobby temporarily closed. If you need to speak with an officer, there is a call button inside the foyer and one of employees will assist you. If you need an accident or incident report, you can call 501-321-6789 and ask to speak with a Records Clerk.

Rock Region METRO is modifying public transit bus service beginning Friday, March 20.

Greenbrier – the Fire Department and other city officers are on a Level 2 Lockdown. There will be NO public access to the Fire Station until further notice. If you need assistance call the police department at 501-679-3105, the fire department at 501-679-2345 or if it’s an emergency dial 911.

Cleveland County curfew for individuals under the age of 18 is in effect between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., until further notice.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issues response to COVID-19

Jefferson County Clerk encourages voting by absentee ballot for March 31 runoff election.

City of Jacksonville buildings will be closed to the general public effective Wednesday, March 18th until March 30th. Jacksonville Police Department will be closed to the general public. As normal, officers will respond to emergency situations and traffic accidents. For non-emergencies, please call 982-3191 between 8 am – 5 pm. After 5 pm, call 985-2802. Regular sanitation routes will continue. Curbside pickup of recycling will be suspended until March 30. The Recycling Center will also be closed. The Jacksonville Animal Shelter will be closed to the public. If your pet is picked up during this time, you will be able to claim them by calling 982-2916. City employees may be reached by phone and email. For a listing of departments, phone numbers and email addresses, please visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Faulkner County and City of Conway District Court plea and arraignment cases set for Monday, March 23, will be moved to Wednesday, May 20th at 8:30 a.m. Traffic and Criminal Trials set for March 24th and March 26th and the Small Claims and Civil Dockets scheduled for March 25th are continued to new dates that the parties will be notified by the Court of their new time.

LRPD will have restricted access to their buildings starting March 18. Anyone visiting must complete a screening form before entering.

Little Rock mayor orders city facilities closed, 12AM to 5AM curfew to start March 18Note: Officers will still be enforcing traffic laws when appropriate, but they WILL NOT solely stop a vehicle for curfew violation.

North Little Rock mayor issues emergency proclamation

Faulkner County government offices closed.

The Sherwood District court postpones all First Appearances and trials (Traffic, Criminal, Civil and Small Claims), until after April 15. If you have a case in Sherwood, please contact the court at (501) 835-0898 to get a new court date.

Arkansas National Guard: Army graduations, visitations closed to families, public. Includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training. Effective immediately at all Army locations where training occurs. Recommends parents and loved ones not purchase tickets to visit their Soldiers at BCT, AIT.

CHI St. Vincent (Little Rock) announced new guidelines for hospital visitors and has paused volunteer programs. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to two (2) immediate family visitors per hospitalized patient, per day.

Baptist Health has restrictions for people entering facilities for purposes other than to receive medical care or visit a patient or family member. Visitors wishing to see patients will be limited to patient rooms only. All visitors must remain in the patient’s room or they will be asked kindly to leave the building. In addition, Baptist Health is suspending access to all common areas such as public waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias, which will only be available for hospital employees to get food.

Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Little Rock is closed to visitors and will remained closed until further notice.

 

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