Jonesboro Mayor encourages residents to adopt CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

The City of Jonesboro on Monday adopted a handful of strategies to impede the spread of COVID-19 to residents doing business with the city.

Perrin also reiterated his request that residents as well as businesses heed CDC recommendations of gatherings no larger than 50 and asking restaurants and as many businesses as feasible to operate via pick up, delivery or drive-thru service.

“The CDC and Arkansas Department of Health have made clear that this is an important practice to getting us through this period without bearing the worst of this illness, as other communities are,” Perrin said. “If someone contracts this disease, they won’t know it for a while. And they have a dangerous chance of spreading it to a loved one who is elderly or immune-deficient.”

Monitoring stations were set up at the Municipal Center, requiring both employees and visitors to submit to fever checks via thermometer. Similar stations were set up for police officers and public works employees.

“We don’t want city employees coming to work sick, both because we don’t want to endanger them but also we don’t want an illness to spread to coworkers and the public,” Perrin said.

Animal Control is asking the public to call in advance for both meetings with potential adoptees and surrenders or impounded animals. The number to call is 870-935-3920.

Municipal Court has been postponed until at least March 27. Fines can still be paid at the Justice Complex, 410 W. Washington St.

This is a press release from the City of Jonesboro.