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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

City of Harrison officials are closely monitoring and evaluating information about COVID-19.  We are following guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and taking precautionary measures within our facilities to help prevent the spread of germs.

New information is coming in daily on this rapidly-changing situation.  Please check this page for the latest information and regular updates.

The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce has setup an online community message board to provide a central location for notices, press releases, and information regarding impacts to our local businesses and organizations.  

The Explore Harrison website has compiled a list of area restaurants offering take-out, curb-site pickup, and delivery options.  You can find it here.

 

April 9, 2020 Update

 

During his daily briefing, Governor Hutchinson announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 1,094 (up 71 from yesterday).  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website is reporting a total of 14,909 COVID-19 tests completed (1,077 positive and 13,832 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 451,491 confirmed cases in the U.S with 15,938 deaths (up 2,109 from yesterday).

 

According to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, the total confirmed cases in Boone County is now 4 (the fourth confirmed case as announced last night).  Of the four cases, one is classified as “recovered” while the other three are “active”.

 

Dr. Smith stated that a total of 158 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19; this amounts to approximately 14.4% of the total cases in Arkansas.  Almost one out of every seven cases in our state are people fighting on the front line of this pandemic (doctors, nurses, CNA’s, etc.). 

 

We greatly appreciate everyone that is doing their best to slow the spread of the virus by staying home and practicing social distancing as best they can.  We encourage those that are not taking this seriously to please reconsider and do everything you can to protect yourself, those around you, and our healthcare workers.  Please limit outings to only those things that are necessary.  When you do go out, please follow social distancing guidelines, keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others, and wear a mask.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water.  Take precautions to protect you and those around you.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and do not risk transmitting the virus to others.  Call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

The Harrison City Council will conduct its monthly committee meeting tonight at 6PM via teleconference.  The meeting will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

 

Upcoming City Meetings:

City Council Committee Meeting – April 9th at 6PM

City Council Regular Business Meeting – April 23rd at 6PM

Planning Commission Meeting – April 28th at 1PM

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  73 (down 3 from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  31 (up 1 from yesterday)

Healthcare Workers:  A total of 158 (approx. 14.4% of total cases)

Recoveries:  253 (up 45 from yesterday)

Deaths: 21 (up 3 from yesterday, two people in their 60’s and one in their 70’s)

 

 

April 8, 2020 Update

 

During his daily briefing, Governor Hutchinson announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 1,023 (up 77 from yesterday).  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website is reporting a total of 14,530 COVID-19 tests completed (1,000 positive and 13,530 negative).  Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith announced that 814 test reports had been received in the last 24 hours with a 6.6% rate for positive tests.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 404,352 confirmed cases in the U.S with 13,829 deaths.

 

According to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, the total confirmed cases in Boone County remains at 3.  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website from the Arkansas Department of Health currently shows 55 negative tests being reported for Boone County.  The Arkansas COVID-19 website can be found here.

 

We greatly appreciate everyone that is doing their best to slow the spread of the virus by staying home and practicing social distancing as best they can.  We encourage those that are not taking this seriously to please reconsider and do everything you can to protect yourself and those around you.  Please limit outings to only those things that are necessary.  When you do go out, please follow social distancing guidelines, keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others, and wear a mask.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water.  Take precautions to protect you and those around you.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and do not risk transmitting the virus to others.  Call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

The Arkansas Department of Health has released new guidance regarding limitations on businesses (i.e. limiting the number of people in buildings, signage requirements, limitations on commercial lodgings, etc.).  The guidance can be found here.

 

Upcoming City Meetings:

City Council Committee Meeting – April 9th at 6PM

City Council Regular Business Meeting – April 23rd at 6PM

Planning Commission Meeting – April 28th at 1PM

 

These meetings will be conducted by teleconference and will be streamed live on our Facebook page.  Links to the livestreams will be posted a little before the meetings start.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  76 (up 2 from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  30 (up 4 from yesterday)

Age 0 to 17:  24

Age 18-24:  69

Age 25-44:  310

Age 45-64:  368

Age 65+:  252

Recoveries:  208 (up 56 from yesterday)

Deaths: 18 (same as yesterday)

 

 

April 4, 2020 Update

 

According to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, the total confirmed cases in Boone County remains at 3.  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website from the Arkansas Department of Health currently shows 40 negative tests being reported for Boone County.  We received a response from the Arkansas Department of Health about why the “negative” numbers for Boone County had decreased over the last couple days.  They are having trouble sorting which counties test apply to when there are cities that span two counties.  They are working to resolve the issue and have removed listings for tests in questions.  They assured us the problem would be resolved this coming week.  The Arkansas COVID-19 website can be found at the following link:  https://adem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f533ac8a8b6040e5896b05b47b17a647

 

During his daily briefing, Governor Hutchinson announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 743 (up 39 from yesterday).  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website is reporting a total of 9,822 COVID-19 tests completed (743 positive and 9,079 negative).  Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith announced that 1,040 test reports had been received in the last 24 hours.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 297,575 confirmed cases in the U.S with 8,098 deaths.

 

Governor Hutchinson announced a new Executive Order regarding allowing occupancy in hotels and motels in the state.  The Order lists what type of occupancy is now allowed but the target of the order is to eliminate recreational travel from out-of-state to Arkansas.  The Governor’s Executive Order can be found at the following link:  https://governor.arkansas.gov/our-office/executive-orders/.  The new Order has not been posted on-line yet but should be available soon.

 

Dr. Smith addressed the CDC’s announcement from yesterday recommending that Americans wear masks in public.  He clarified that the recommendation is for the public to use cloth type masks while in public settings where social distancing can be difficult (i.e. grocery stores).  While these types of masks cannot block viruses in general they help block droplets that can carry the virus which can help slow the spread.  Dr. Smith further clarified that medical grade N95 types masks need to be reserved for those in the medical community and others on the front line helping to fight the spread of the virus.

 

We are continuing to ask everyone to stay at home or work at home if at all possible.  Please limit outings to only those things that are necessary.  When you do go out, please follow social distancing guidelines, keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others, and where a mask.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water.  Take precautions to protect you and those around you.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and do not risk transmitting the virus to others.  Call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  72 (up 1 from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  23 (down 3 from yesterday)

Age 0 to 17:  20

Age 18-24:  49

Age 24-44:  210

Age 45-64:  263

Age 65+:  201

Recoveries:  79 (up 19 from yesterday)

Deaths: 14 (up 2 from yesterday, both over age 65)

 

 

April 3, 2020 Update

 

According to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, the total confirmed cases in Boone County remains at 3.  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website from the Arkansas Department of Health currently shows 39 negative tests being reported for Boone County while yesterday the website showed 57 negatives.  This appears to be an error in the updating of the website and we have reached out to the Arkansas Department of Health for clarification.  The Arkansas COVID-19 website can be found at the here.

 

During his daily briefing, Governor Hutchinson announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 704 (up 61 from yesterday).  The Arkansas COVID-19 Update website is reporting a total of 9,699 COVID-19 tests completed (704 positive and 8,995 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 258,214 confirmed cases in the U.S with 6,605 deaths.

 

Governor Hutchinson was specifically asked about cities’ authority to issue curfews and shelter-in-place orders.  He stated that Benton’s recent curfew on minors is something cities could do because it doesn’t block commerce.  He didn’t specifically address shelter-in-place orders issued by cities but was clear that only the state could issue any order that would block or interfere with commerce.  The Governor’s Executive Order declaring an emergency which was issued on March 11th states the following:  “No quarantine regulations of commerce or travel shall be instituted or operated by any place, city, town or county against another place, city, town, or county in this or in any other state except by authority of the Secretary of Health;”. 

 

We are continuing to ask everyone to stay at home or work at home if at all possible.  Please limit outings to only those things that are necessary.  When you do go out, please follow social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.  Take precautions to protect you and those around you.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and do not risk transmitting the virus to others.  Call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  71 (up 5 from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  26 (up 3 from yesterday)

Age 0 to 18:  20

Age 19-64:  487

Age 65+:  197

Recoveries:  60 (up 15 from yesterday)

Deaths: 12 (no change from yesterday)

 

 

April 2, 2020 Update

 

This afternoon, the Governor announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 643.  The Arkansas Department of Health’s website is reporting a total of 8,461 COVID-19 tests completed (625 positive and 7,836 negative); this data should be updated before too long.  The website also shows Boone County with 57 negatives and “1-4” positives; according to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management we currently have 3 confirmed cases in Boone County.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 226,374 confirmed cases in the U.S with 5,607 deaths.

 

Last night, NARMC and the Boone County Office of Emergency Management announced the 3rd confirmed case in our county. 

 

The National Park Service has closed the Buffalo National River in response to the high number of out-of-state and out-of-area visitors.

 

Mayor Jackson has sent a letter to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson requesting additional consideration be given to issuing a shelter-in-place order for the state as cases are continuing to increase.  During their daily update, the Governor and Secretary of Health Dr. Nathaniel Smith addressed the many questions and requests they are getting regarding a shelter-in-place order.  At this time, they do not intend to take such an action for the state and plan to continue “targeted measures” to help slow the spread of the virus.

 

Governor Hutchinson announced two additional deaths in the state as a result of COVID-19 bringing the total up to 12.  Dr. Smith stated that 8 of the deaths we individuals age 65 or older and 4 of the deaths have been adults under the age of 65.  Dr. Smith also stated that 91 of the 643 confirmed cases in the state are healthcare workers.

 

Regardless of what actions the state does or does not take, we are asking everyone to stay at home or work at home if at all possible.  Please limit outings to only those things that are necessary.  When you do go out, please follow social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others.  Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.  Take precautions to protect you and those around you.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and do not risk transmitting the virus to others.  Call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  66 (up 10  from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  23 (down 2 from yesterday)

Age 0 to 18:  20

Age 19-64:  440

Age 65+:  183

Recoveries:  45 (up 3 from yesterday)

Deaths: 12 (up 2 from yesterday)

 

 

April 1, 2020 Update

 

This afternoon, the Governor announced that total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have increased to 584.  The Arkansas Department of Health’s website is reporting a total of 7,920 COVID-19 tests completed (566 positive and 7,354 negative); this data should be updated before too long.  The website also shows Boone County with 57 negatives and “1-4” positives; according to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management we currently have 2 confirmed cases in Boone County.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 203,608 confirmed cases in the U.S. 

 

Governor Hutchinson announce that he is recommending to the U.S. Secretary of Interior that the Buffalo National River be closed due to the high volume of out-of-state visitors continuing to travel to the area.  Secretary Hurst (Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism) announced additional measures at state parks to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  These measures include closing high-traffic trails, discontinuing all overnight camping, reducing available parking, and increased patrol to monitor use of the parks.

 

We continue to strongly encourage and ask that people stay home all they can.  If you can’t or won’t, PLEASE follow social distancing and stay 6 feet apart.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  56 (down 8 from yesterday)

Currently on Ventilator:  25 (up 2 from yesterday)

Age 0 to 18:  18

Age 19-64:  396

Age 65+:  170

Recoveries:  42 (up 10 from yesterday)

Deaths: 10 (up 2 from yesterday)

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

 

March 31, 2020 Update

 

During his press conference today, the Governor announced that total confirmed cases in Arkansas have increased to 523.  The Arkansas Department of Health’s website is reporting a total of 6,028 COVID-19 tests completed (508 positive and 5,520 negative); this data should be updated before too long.  The website also shows Boone County with 47 negatives and “1-4” positives; the Boone County Office of Emergency Management tells us the confirmed number in Boone County is currently 1.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 17,452 confirmed cases in the U.S. 

 

We strongly encourage and ask that people stay home all they can.  If you can’t or won’t, PLEASE follow social distancing and stay 6 feet apart.  If you have a fever or feel sick, STAY HOME and call your doctor or NARMC for instructions on what to do and where to go for screening.

 

The first confirmed case in Newton County was reported last night.  This news coupled with the large amount of people traveling from outside our area to the Buffalo River is concerning for our region.  Beginning last night and through today, several Buffalo River concessioners have begun to shut down or partially shut down operations.  While we know that was a difficult decision for these small businesses, we appreciate their attempt to protect their local communities.  The Governor and state officials have been consistent that they intend to keep state parks open; however, they announced today that they are looking at options to reduce out-of-state and out-of-area traveler impacts…including closing parks experiencing high traffic volumes.  In the meantime, we recommend that our area residents be cautious about taking trips to the river area where there are large amounts of people.

 

Mayor Jackson is also asking restaurant employees that deliver food to cars to distance themselves as much as possible to reduce the risk of exposure.  This is becoming especially important with the large numbers of tourists and travelers passing through our area.

 

As a reminder, the Harrison Parks & Recreation Department has closed all facilities including the Youth Center, Soccer Complex, Sports Complex, all playgrounds, the dog park, skate park, and outdoor basketball / tennis courts.  Outdoor walking tracks and trails remain open at this time but staff are monitoring areas to ensure that social distancing guidelines from the CDC and the Governor’s Executive Order are being followed.  Remember to ask yourself, is my recreation responsible during COVID-19?

 

We will continue to provide regular updates as we receive information from the Governor’s Office, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and Boone County Office of Emergency Management. 

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health today:

Currently Hospitalized:  64

Currently on Ventilator:  23

Age 0 to 18:  17

Age 19-64:  348

Age 65+:  158

Recoveries:  32

Deaths: 8

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

March 30, 2020 Update

 

During his press conference today, the Governor announced that total confirmed cases in Arkansas have increased to 473.  At the time of this posting, the Health Department’s website is still reporting a total of 3,536 COVID-19 tests completed (449 positive and 3,087 negative).  Hopefully we’ll see current numbers on that website soon.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 153,246 confirmed cases in the U.S. 

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Governor and Secretary of Health:

Currently Hospitalized:  62

Currently on Ventilator:  21

Gender:  40% Male & 60% Female

Age 0 to 18:  17

Age 19-64:  307

Age 65+:  149

Recoveries:  29

Deaths: 7 (up one from yesterday, this was the first nursing home related death)

 

Last night, President Trump announce that federal guidance urging social distancing measures will stay in place through April 30th; they were originally issued through tomorrow. 

 

Secretary Hurst with the Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism spoke regarding use of parks during the Governor’s daily update.  They acknowledged the large numbers of people going to state parks, including those from outside of the state or hotspots within the state, and stressed the importance of social distancing.  Many facilities at state parks are close, camping is now restricted to RV’s/enclosed campers, many restroom facilities have been closed, but trails and the parks themselves will continue to remain open.

 

The Governor’s updates can be watched on his YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJcNdgp2PMEmiqJEoYzqwQ?_ga=2.109342469.1260909912.1584372003-815209056.1541086254

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

#flattenthecurve  #6  #believeboonecounty

 

March 27, 2020 Update

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is currently reporting 381 confirmed cases in the state.  At the time of this posting, they are reporting a total of 1,926 COVID-19 tests completed (381 positive and 1,545 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 97,028 confirmed cases in the U.S.

 

Specific COVID-19 patient statistics released by the Department of Health:

Currently Hospitalized:  48

Currently on Ventilator:  17

Gender:  38% Male & 62% Female

Age 0 to 18:  15

Age 19-64:  242

Age 65+:  124

Recoveries:  19

Deaths: 3

 

Dr. Jackson with Crossroads Medical Clinic notified the Mayor this morning that he received two additional negative results back today bringing their total to 29 negatives and no positives.  The Arkansas Department of Health has not notified us of any additional confirmed cases in Boone County.

 

Although the news from Dr. Jackson is good news, we need to be ready for more cases in our community and continue to practice social distancing.  Remember to stay home when you can, maintain 6 foot separation from others when you can’t.  Please continue to be vigilant to help slow the spread in our community.

 

The Harrison Parks & Recreation Department announced additional facility closings due to COVID-19 including all playgrounds (Lake Harrison, Fairgrounds, park at corner of Maple & Sherman), the Skate Park, Dog Park, as well as the basketball and tennis courts next to Crooked Creek.  Trails remain open but please remember to recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing. 

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

 

March 26, 2020 Update

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is currently reporting 335 confirmed cases in the state.  At the time of this posting, they are reporting a total of 1,839 COVID-19 tests completed (335 positive and 1,504 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 79,785 confirmed cases in the U.S.

 

During his daily update, Governor Hutchinson announced that the total deaths in Arkansas resulting from COVID-19 has increased to 3, all within the central Arkansas area.  The Governor also stated that 41 of the confirmed cases in Arkansas are currently hospitalized with 13 patients on ventilators.

 

The Arkansas Secretary of Health has issued a Directive (Order) to place limitations on gatherings.  Specifically, the Directive states the following:

 

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are subject to the following directives and exceptions:

---  Due to the high risk of community spread of COVID-19, gatherings of more than ten (10) people in any confined indoor or outdoor space are prohibited until further notice. Gatherings subject to this directive include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, commercial, or sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, and festivals.

---  This directive does not apply to gatherings of ten (10) or more people in unenclosed, outdoor spaces such as parks, trails, athletic fields and courts, parking lots, golf courses, and driving ranges where social distancing of at least six (6) feet can be easily achieved.

---  This directive does not apply to businesses, manufacturers, construction companies, places of worship, the Arkansas General Assembly, municipal or county governing bodies, or the judiciary; however, these entities are advised to limit person-to-person contact and maintain appropriate social distancing of at least six (6) feet to prevent the spread of this virus.

---  The Secretary of Health reserves the right to exercise his authority to prevent the spread of disease in this State if, in his judgment, any of the excluded entities are operating in a manner that is a risk to public health.

 

The Governor’s daily updates can be found on his YouTube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJcNdgp2PMEmiqJEoYzqwQ?_ga=2.109342469.1260909912.1584372003-815209056.1541086254

 

Quick reminder that we will hold a tele-conferenced City Council Meeting tonight at 6PM.  The link to the live stream will be shared on our Facebook page ahead of the meeting.  While it is a short agenda, Department Heads will be reporting on changes in the operations to maintain essential services to the community.

 

March 25, 2020 Update

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is currently reporting 280 confirmed cases in the state.  At the time of this posting, they are reporting a total of 1,717 COVID-19 tests completed (280 positive and 1,437 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 61,167 confirmed cases in the U.S.

 

NARMC announced that 90 people were screened during the first week of their Viral Screening Clinic located at 1401 US-62 in Harrison (old Bear State Bank building).  They are asking people to call them at 870-414-4010 before leaving home and going to the clinic.

 

While City operations continue during this time, we have made several changes to help reduce the risk of exposing our employees AND reduce the risk of our employees exposing others to the virus.  All of our facilities are currently closed to the public (except by appointment only when necessary).  All persons entering our facilities are screened (temperature, symptoms, etc.).  We continue to accept water payments through the drive-thru window and drop off box at City Hall.  Last week, Mayor Jackson suspended water shut-offs due to non-payment as our many in our community are struggling.  Any department can be contacted at the numbers on our website when service is needed.

 

We will hold our first ever tele-conferenced City Council meeting tomorrow night at 6PM.  The meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook; we will share the link on our Facebook page ahead of the meeting.

 

During his daily update, Governor Hutchinson announced that the Arkansas Department of Health is working on a directive to solidify CDC recommendations that social gatherings be limited to less than 10 people.  The new directive should be issued within the next day and we will share info from it then. 

 

We’ve received many requests to “shut-down” the City and County or issue “shelter-in-place” orders.  While we share the concerns of many in our community and continue to stress the importance of social distancing, the City does not have the authority to take such actions.  The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Governor, has sole authority over all instances of quarantine, isolation, and restrictions on commerce and travel throughout Arkansas as authorized by Ark. Code Annotated Section 200-7-109 & 110.  This was further reinforced by the Governor’s proclamation to declare and emergency on March 11th.

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

March 24, 2020 Update

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is currently reporting 218 confirmed cases in the state.  At the time of this posting, they are reporting a total of 1,165 COVID-19 tests completed (218 positive and 947 negative).  Local officials have received no notification of additional positives in Boone County.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 49,768 confirmed cases in the U.S.

 

During his daily update, the Governor announced that two Arkansans have now died from the virus.  News outlets are reporting that one was a 91-year old gentleman from Conway.  Dr. Nathaniel Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health announced that the other death was an individual in their 50’s.

 

Dr. Smith also stated evidence is showing that smoking is a major risk factor for severe disease with coronavirus infection and advised now would be a good time for people to quit.  He also warned against self-medicating with chloroquine; any such medication should only be taken under the direction and supervision of a doctor.

 

Much of the conference emphasized the importance of practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus in our state. 

 

The Governor’s daily updates can be found on his YouTube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJcNdgp2PMEmiqJEoYzqwQ?_ga=2.109342469.1260909912.1584372003-815209056.1541086254

 

March 23, 2020 Update

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is currently reporting 174 confirmed cases in the state.  At the time of this posting, they are reporting a total of 1,080 COVID-19 tests completed (174 positive and 906 negative).  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 41,708 confirmed cases in the U.S.

 

The Governor’s daily updates can be found on his YouTube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJcNdgp2PMEmiqJEoYzqwQ?_ga=2.109342469.1260909912.1584372003-815209056.1541086254

 

The Governor announced that the filing and payment deadline for individual state income tax has been extended to July 15 (this does not apply to corporate filings or current year estimated tax payments).

 

Arkansas Department of Health Director Dr. Nathaniel Smith announced that there are currently five cases in Arkansas that meet the CDC criteria for recovery (at least 3 days without fever with improvement in respiratory symptoms AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared).

 

Dr. Smith also announced that new directives will be released to limit operations of beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and other similar businesses.  Those new directives are expected to be issued this afternoon and will go into effect tomorrow.

 

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Department of Health have created a new, improved online map and dashboard for reporting COVID-19 cases in Arkansas.  The page can be found here.

 

FEMA has setup a Rumor Control page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19.  Stay informed with updated myth vs. fact info related to COVID-19:  https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

 

Online COVID-19 Screening Options:

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

UAMS:  https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

 

Pre-screening Phone Number for NARMC:  870-414-4010

 

March 22, 2020 Update:

Governor Hutchinson gave another update earlier this afternoon. It can be found here.

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a total of 165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state. Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is currently showing a total of 32,081 cases in the United States.

As of the time of this posting, the City has not received any notification of additional confirmed cases in Boone County. Nor have we received any additional information regarding the single confirmed Boone County case that was announced Thursday evening. While we understand it is frustrating to many, we simply cannot provide information that we do not have. Confirmed cases are investigated by the Arkansas Department of Health and healthcare leaders to provide notification directly to those who may have had direct contact and/or exposure with confirmed cases.

There are many ways we can all help flatten the curve. Stay home when possible. When you do have to get out, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and well, avoid touching your face, cover coughs or sneezes.

If you believe you may have COVID-19, please do not go straight to the emergency room, your doctor's office, or the viral testing clinic. Call ahead, whether it is to your own doctor, the NARMC testing clinic (870-414-4010), or call the ADH COVID-19 hotline (1-800-803-7847).

The CDC has established on online Coronavirus Self-Checker that can be found here.

UAMS Health is now providing free online screening for Arkansans.  Click here.

We will continue to share information as we receive it from the Arkansas Department of Health and our communities medical leaders.

 

March 20, 2020 Update:

 

Yesterday was a challenging day for our community.  Governor Hutchinson announced new measures to help slow community transmission of COVID-19 in Arkansas; measures that will further strain our already hurting local businesses but are necessary to protect some of our most vulnerable individuals.  The closure of public schools in Arkansas was extended another three weeks to April 17th; further increasing the burden on parents of young children who cannot be left home alone and worsening the anxiety many of our youth must be feeling as they see the concern and worry on their parents’ faces.  The reality of layoffs, cut hours, and lost jobs set in for many of our family and friends.

 

Last night our neighbors to the east in and around Everton, Eros, Bruno, & Pyatt were hit by severe storms and at least one tornado.  Please keep the folks from those areas in our thoughts as they deal with added struggles.

 

While we were still processing these new impacts to our community and many of our local businesses were still scrambling to adjust how they serve their customers, we were informed last night that the first case of COVID-19 in our town was confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health.  While we knew that we needed to share this information with our community, we also knew that we had more questions than answers.  “Was the virus contracted by someone who had been traveling overseas or out-of-state?”  ‘Was the virus contracted by local community transmission?”  “What or where are the potential exposures from this case to others within our area?”  While we knew we couldn’t answer these questions last night, we shared what we did know because we are committed to sharing everything we can with the public.  We will continue to share all information we receive as it is made public.  With that being said, we can only share what information the Arkansas Department of Health releases and must respect the individual right to privacy that we are all afforded by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

 

If we’re being honest with ourselves, we all knew that there would eventually be a confirmed case here, and we also know it won’t be the last one we have.  Even though we knew it was coming, it still felt shocking when it actually happened.

 

Despite all of this, we can continue to be a community that truly is one of the best small towns in America.  The people of Harrison and Boone County have shown time and time again that they are compassionate, caring, loving, resilient, and capable of banding together to support each other when needed.  Now is a time when we need those qualities to shine through.

 

As a community, we need to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by listening to the advice and recommendations of our healthcare leaders.  If you have a fever or feel sick…stay home…don’t contribute to spreading germs.  If you fall into one of the high risk categories, please try to stay home and stay away from others as much as you can.  Practice social distancing as recommended by healthcare experts.   When possible, work from home or stay at home if your work allows.

 

At the same time, look for ways to help others and support the many that are struggling.  If you can afford to utilize the take-out and delivery options many of our local restaurants are offering…do so.  If you know of senior citizens or others with health concerns that need help shopping and getting necessities…do so.  Again, let’s show everyone the true spirit of our community by helping others in this time of need.

 

PRESS RELEASE – March 19, 2020; 8:30 PM

 

Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson and Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway were notified this evening by the Arkansas Department of Health that a positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been identified in Boone County, specifically in the City of Harrison.  No additional information has been provided to local officials at this time; however, we are communicating with the Department of Health and medical leaders within our community.  As more information is released, we will provide that information to our community.

 

With the release of this information, we strongly encourage our citizens and area residents to remain calm and practice social distancing measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health and our local healthcare experts. 

 

For questions about COVID-19 you may call the Arkansas Department of Health Call Center at 1-800-803-7847, email the Arkansas Department of Health at ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov, or contact North Arkansas Regional Medical Center at 870-414-4010.

 

March 19, 2020 Update:

 

As of noon today, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is reporting 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide in 14 counties (Washington, Pope, Van Buren, Cleburne, Faulkner, Pulaski, Garland, Saline, Grant, Jefferson, Desha, Lincoln, Cleveland, & Bradley counties).  The ADH is not reporting any confimed cases in Boone County.  According to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, there are currently 10,755 confirmed cases in the United States.  

 

Water Disconnect Statement:

To support our customers who may be impacted by the response to COVID-19, Mayor Jackson has authorized the temporary suspension of nonpayment water service disconnections for City of Harrison water and sewer customers.  We realize that during these difficult and uncertain times, customers may face financial hardships effecting their ability to timely pay their energy bills.  We encourage customers to continue to make payments on their accounts if possible to avoid unmanageable amounts due in the future; however, we will continue to work directly with customers to make payment arrangements if they are unable to pay in full.  Customers requiring such arrangements or those that cannot fulfill their current arrangements should contact the Finance Department at (870) 741-2525.

 

Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Policies:

 

With the limited number of testing kits available, the Arkansas Department of Health has established guidelines and criteria for who medical providers should be testing:

 

  • Symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that has not previously been diagnosed by a healthcare provider as another illness, such as flu or strep, AND at least one of the following:
  • Are age 65 or older OR
  • have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or immunodeficiency OR
  • Have had contact with someone who has had a positive Coronavirus test OR
  • Are a healthcare worker

 

NARMC Viral Screening Clinic

 

As previously announced, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is operating a viral screening clinic at the NARMC Medical Plaza.  The full announcement from NARMC can be found herePlease note that they are asking people to call them at 870-414-4010 before leaving home and going to the clinic.

 

Other Information:

 

Planning Commission Chairman Mike Norton has postponed the Planning Commission meeting that was scheduled for next Tuesday, March 24th.

 

March 18, 2020 Update:

 

As of 11:50 AM today, the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state.  Counties currently identified by the Health Department with confirmed cases are Cleburne, Garland, Saline, Pulaski, Jefferson, Cleveland, Lincoln, Faulkner, Washington, and Desha.  According to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, there are 7,324 confirmed cases in the United States (up from 5,204 at 11:30 yesterday). 

 

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) provided the following update yesterday via social media:

As COVID-19 continues to emerge in the state of Arkansas, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is developing new services to meet the needs of our community during this time. NARMC is currently offering a drive-thru viral screening clinic outside the NARMC Medical Plaza. This is an off-site targeted testing site for viral illness.

The goal of the screening clinic is to provide convenient viral screening services. If you have mild flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough or body aches, this drive-thru clinic will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please call 870-414-4010 before leaving home.

When arriving at the viral screening center, patients will be directed to enter the NARMC Medical Plaza parking lot from Highway 65. They will then be guided to proceed through the drive-thru at the rear of the building. Two lanes will be designated for registration and triage, which will be performed by NARMC personnel. All testing will be performed in the patient’s vehicle. Those in need of a flu test, they will be instructed on next steps. If a COVID-19 test is indicated, patients will be instructed to pull into the lane designated for COVID-19 testing. NARMC will follow Arkansas Department of Health recommendations for testing. Supplies for testing remain limited throughout the state. Please be aware that healthcare workers performing this service will wear personal protective equipment, including a mask, face mask, gloves and gowns.

NARMC is taking necessary precautions to keep our community healthy and safe. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation.

 

The Arkansas Department of Health’s current guidance for getting tested can be found here.  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath call ahead to your health care provider.

 

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management shared the following notice via social media:

If you are a small business owner that is directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, can you please contact Boone County Office of Emergency Management at 870-741-1632 or 870-741-2950, so we can assist you in getting information to apply for an SBA (Small business Administration) loan.

 

 

March 17, 2020 Update:

 

As of 11:30 AM, the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state.  Johns Hopkins University & Medicine is reporting a total of 5,204 confirmed cases in the United States

 

Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway issued a disaster declaration yesterday afternoon.  As a precaution, Boone County will lock down all county buildings except the health department and airport.  County employees will staff their individual offices and will be available by appointment only.

 

Orion Waste Solutions has temporarily closed the Recycling Center located at Winker Logistics.  Their press release can be found here.

 

President Trump released new guidelines yesterday to limit people’s interactions before U.S. hospitals are overwhelmed.  The new guidelines, which will remain in place for 15 days, include the following (the complete guidelines can be found here):

 

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
  • IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.
  • IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home and away from other people.
  • IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.
  • DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE:
    • Wash your hand, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

 

The Harrison School District announced a plan to help make sure area children have access to food during this time.  Beginning today, March 17, from 11AM to 12:30PM and continuing each day through Friday, March 20, lunches with a next-day breakfast for all individuals under 18 will be available for pickup at the following schools (look for the school bus near the front entrance at all locations):

  • Harrison High School
  • Woodland Heights Pre-School
  • Eagle Heights Elementary
  • Forest Heights Elementary
  • Skyline Heights Elementary

 

March 16, 2020 Update:

As of 11AM, The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas with all confirmed cases located in four counties (Jefferson, Garland, Saline, and Pulaski).  Governor Hutchison has ordered mandatory closure of all public schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020; many district have elected to close today as well.

Beginning today, the City has established precuationary guidelines for its employees and facilities:

  •  All City facilities are temporarily closed to non-employees unless by appointment only in an effort to limit the number of people and personal contact in public places.  City staff will continue to serve the public and conduct city business during normal hours via phone and email.  The drive thru window at City Hall will remain open to accept utility payments.
  • Travel by City employees for all City businees purposes outside of Boone County has been postponed until further notice.
  • All City employees have been instructed to stay home of they are feeling ill or have a temperature at or above 100.5 degrees F.  Employees known to have been in close proximity with someone known to be infected with COVID-19 will be required to stay home for at least 14 days.
  • All Departments are taking measures to educate employees and encourage them to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of City facilities has been increased.

The Harrison Parks and Recreation Department has temporarily closed the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center and suspended some sports programs.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Harrison Parks & Recreation at parks@cityofharrison.com or call (870)741-2346.

As an increased prevention method, commercial establishments open to the public are strongly encouraged to implement sanitizing and social distancing to reduce the potential for transmission in our community.  This is especially important for establishments with high-volume traffic.  Social distancing is the best method for preventing the spread of illness in our community because it reduces the opportunity for asymptomatic carriers—often those people who have the least health risk and feel the effect the least—to unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others who are at greater risk.

Resources are available for small businesses negatively impacted.  Following the National Emergency declaration on March 13, 2020, new channels of US Small Business Administration captital may become available, such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.  To view the US Small Business Administrations Press Release on Disaster Loans for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19 click here.

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Links & Resources

UAMS Online COVID-19 Screening

CDC Online COVID-19 Screening

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America (PDF)

Arkansas COVID-19 Update Map (Arkansas Department of Health)

Coronavirus Real Time Map (Johns Hopkins University & Medicine)

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration (President Trump)

Letter from Mayor Jackson (March 13, 2020)

Federal & State Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arkansas Department of Health

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s YouTube Channel

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

Arkansas Division of Elementary & Secondary Education

Local Links & Area School Districts

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

Explore Harrison Retaurant Info for Take-out, Curbside, & Delivery

Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce—Community Message Board

NorthArk College

Harrison Public Schools

Bergman Public Schools

Valley Springs Public Schools

Alpena Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools

Assistance for Workers Impacted by Layoffs or Business Closures:

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services Unemployment Insurance

Harrison Workforce Center

Witnessing Price Gouging?

Understand Arkansas’s Price Gouging Law

Report Price Gouging / File a Consumer Complaint with the Attorney General’s Office

Resources for Small Businesses

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

US Small Business Administration Lender Match

Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office

Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce