Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency for the State of Arkansas. In keeping with this declaration, I want all employees to remain safe. Pursuant to the advice from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Governor’s press conference, the Arkansas Municipal League is urging our cities to take additional steps of action related to COVID-19.
Today our city can transact most business via the city’s website or telephonically. I highly recommend that these services be utilized during a time such as this. We want not only our citizens safe but the employees that serve this city daily.
Several Municipal buildings assist the public and experience person to person contact daily. These offices include but are not limited to the Mayor’s office, Finance, Code Enforcement, the Police Department, District Court, Blytheville Waterworks, Wastewater, Public Works, and Sanitation. Our administrative offices and utility service offices will have limited access until further notice. For business in the City Hall and its offices please use the City Collector’s entrance as all other entrances are closed. Because access to our municipal offices is limited, only come to the City Hall to conduct business at the request of the Mayor or for scheduled meetings. Please utilize email and telephonic correspondence until further notice.
The Arkansas Department of Health is providing real-time information on the status of COVID -19 at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus. These stats include persons infected, presumed infected, and persons under investigation.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is providing free, online screening for COVID-19 through UAMS Health Now. UAMS Health Now is a 24-hour digital connection to health care professionals that will provide screening and offer next step advice to those that suspect they may be infected with the COVID-19 virus. To access UAMS Health Now visit https://uamshealth.com/healthnow and click on the screening tool.
My office will have continual access to the latest information from the CDC and OSHA that will serve to assist us in the prevention of workplace exposure to acute respiratory illness, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.
We have access to two call centers set up for triage and diagnosis of the COVID -19 virus. The Dept of Health’s number is 1-800-803-7847. Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s number is 1-800-743-3616.
We encourage our employees to follow the city’s protocol and direct all questions through your Immediate Supervisor or Department Head. We admonish you to take as many extra precautions as necessary to continue to keep our city safe.
Mayor James Sanders