COVID-19

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves. Today, we finish the second part of an interview series of Arkansas State University alumni who went to New York City to help with COVID-19 response.  Last week, I talked with Mandy Thomas.  Mandy went to New York City with Joshua Godsey.  He is working near Memphis as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Arkansas Department of Health

This is A-State Connections.  Today, we start the first of a two part interview series of Arkansas State University alumni who went to New York City to help with COVID-19 response.  First, I talked with Mandy Thomas.  Thomas is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who lives in Sherman, Texas.  She tells about her experience of working in an area that was a hot spot for COVID-19.  I started the interview by asking Thomas to tell a little about herself and how she came to Arkansas State. 

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  It is the second Saturday conversation with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  In this interview, I talked to Dr. Damphousse about how the university is responding to COVID-19 and what impacts it might have to the fall semester.  I interviewed Dr. Damphousse over Zoom.  He gives me an update.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves interviews Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, about the latest on COVID-19.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

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This email is from Dr. Kelly Damphousse, Chancellor of Arkansas State University.  

Dear Red Wolves:

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has created the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board to review and evaluate new technologies as the state’s public health agencies develop strategies for testing and contact tracing, the governor announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today.

Discovery Park of America

As different sections of the economy opens back up, tourist attractions have been working with health officials on how to open safely to the public.  The goal is to keep workers and guests safe while slowly opening back up.  But, how do you do that exactly?  For the answer to that question, I looked at what Discovery Park of America is doing.  Discovery Park of America is a 100-thousand square foot museum and a 50-acre heritage park set in Union City, Tennessee.  It was founded by the late Robert Kirkland, whom also founded the Kirkland’s company and Kirkland’s stores.  The park opened in

Arkansas Department of Health

This is COVID-19 Questions and Answers that was aired on May 16, 2020.  This featured Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.  Listen to the complete program here.  

City of Jonesboro

Jonesboro, AR--After months of short supplies, Jonesboro now has several ways to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced today that drive-thru testing will begin Friday, May 15, for anyone who meets CDC and Arkansas Department Health criteria, a list that including first responders, health care workers and anyone in the general public in high risk groups or symptoms of the coronavirus.

Testing will take place 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot at 1911 W. Parker Road.

Boozman.senate.gov

In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the federal disaster delcaration approved after the Jonesboro tornado and the latest with COVID-19 response.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interivew.  

NYITCOM at A-State

This release comes from the City of Jonesboro: 

As restaurants reopen today at 33-percent capacity seating, the City reminds patrons of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mandate that no one enters a restaurant without a mask.

Obviously, during these trying times, some changes will take some effort to grow comfortably. And the practice of eating out comes with new rules that require patience and understanding.

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Shane Speights, DO, is the dean of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. He also serves as the medical director for the City of Jonesboro.

If you don’t read anything past the first sentence, know this: the cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) will increase in your city, in your county and throughout Arkansas.  Likely in the coming weeks and months. 

More people will become infected, especially as we begin to relax restrictions that have positively impacted our fight against the virus.

Quarantine fatigue is a major concern with those who are most vulnerable.  As the economy starts to slowly open up, those with weakened immune systems are concerned about the expected increase in the numbers of COVID-19 cases.   For this perspective, I talked to Brittany Reeves, no relation.  She is a graduate student at Arkansas State University.  Reeves has the most severe form of spina bifida.  She is an amputee and her immune system is extremely compromised.  In this interview, I talked to her about her health conditions and her concerns about catching COVID-19.

ASU System

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas State University System’s six current institutions, as well as future member Henderson State University, intend to return to in-person classes on campuses this fall as part of the Covid-19 pandemic recovery, President Chuck Welch announced today.

Arkansas State University

The following is from Arkansas State University's Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 9:45 a.m.

 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst today announced that beginning May 1, campgrounds at Arkansas State Parks will reopen for RV campers with the following limitations:

City of Jonesboro

This is text of Mayor Harold Perrin’s speech: 

Thank you for joining us today.

 

As we begin, I want to say how proud I am of our community response over the past couple of months.

 

This is a trying time for our city. People are hurting. And as your mayor, your neighbor, and your friend, that’s a very hard thing for me to accept.

 

Commentary: Pediatric Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

Apr 28, 2020
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Commentary: Pediatric Considerations in the Time of COVID-19

Hilliary Sismondo, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and assistant professor of clinical medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

 

Over the course of the last few weeks, most of our lives have changed drastically.  Many adults have transitioned to working from home.  In addition to adjusting to their new reality of telecommuting, they are also charged with the tasks of childcare and teaching from home. 

governor.arkansas.gov

LITTLE ROCK – In an effort increase testing for COVID-19, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a two-day Arkansas Surge Campaign today with a simple message: “If you think you have symptoms, don’t wait – get tested.”

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CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS announced today that it will continue to support at-home learning through “Arkansas AMI” for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 closures. The educational programming and classroom materials are produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the formation of the Governor’s Medical Advisory Committee for Post-Peak COVID-19 Response.

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LITTLE ROCK -- The Democratic Party of Arkansas and the Republican Party of Arkansas want to encourage our members, contributors, and the people of Arkansas, as they are able, to consider giving back in this time of need. Both the DPA and RPA issued a joint appeal to donors on Saturday to consider giving to the Arkansas Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

NYITCOM at A-State

This release from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State.  

As spring reaches full bloom in the south, the beauty of budding plants also brings the yellowish powder that covers our cars and irritates our allergies.

 

Weather.com’s allergy tracker ranks pollen counts as “high to very high” throughout Arkansas and much of the Mid-South over the next week, which means many residents of this region are seeing or will soon experience their sinuses and respiratory systems respond as they typically do this time of year.

 

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—announced emergency grants to support postsecondary students and institutes of higher education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

City of Jonesboro

Mayor Harold Perrin, with the approval of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has issued a nighttime curfew as part of Jonesboro’s effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the city.

This Declaration of Local Emergency takes effect at 10 p.m. Friday, April 10. The curfew will be 10 p.m.-6 a.m. nightly for no more than 120 days, and will be reviewed by the City Council at its next meeting April 21. Perrin said he hopes this curfew is not needed for the full period of the declaration.

City of Jonesboro

Jonesboro City Parks and Recreation Department is shuttering exercise equipment, picnic tables and restrooms as a next-step measure in the effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Craighead County.

Mayor Harold Perrin made the decision after discussions with Chief of Staff Mike Downing and Parks Director Danny Kapales.

“This is where Danny and his staff are seeing people gather, and there’s no way we can keep those places sanitized enough to prevent spread of this highly infectious disease,” Perrin said Wednesday.

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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today delivered his State of the State address to the 92nd General Assembly ahead of the fiscal session. In order to allow room for sufficient social distancing, the Governor delivered the State of the State address from the Senate Chamber in the State Capitol. Members of the House watched the address virtually from their assembly at the Jack Stephens Center. 

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The economy in Arkansas and around the nation has slowed considerably due to COVID-19 concerns.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Philip Tew about what concerns him the most on the impact of the economy.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Governor Asa Hutchsion at the daily press breifing
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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has extended the mandatory closure of all Arkansas public schools through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, he announced at a news conference today. Arkansas educators will continue to provide alternative methods of instruction (AMI) for students to continue learning at home.

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CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will continue to support at-home learning for the duration of school closures due to COVID-19 and has expanded its viewing options for “Arkansas AMI” – streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 8th grade students – to include livestreaming, new broadcast channels in gap areas and access through mobile apps and OTT devices. The educational programming and classroom materials are produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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