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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.

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.

 

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.

Arkansas Department of Health

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

Arkansas Department of Health

JONESBORO, Ark., April 1, 2020- NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital has launched a new on-demand video visit feature through the Baptist OneCare MyChart app.

       This feature allows patients to schedule and conduct doctor’s appointments from their home or office, using a smartphone, computer or tablet. As with regular doctor’s appointments, patients may be required to pay co-pays or additional fees after their insurance is filed.

ASU-Newport Moves to All Online Instruction Through April 3

Mar 15, 2020
ASU-Newport

ASU-Newport conducting classes online, in response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2020
ASU-Newport
Contact:  Mallory Jordan, ASUN Marketing and Communications Specialist
 
NEWPORT (Ark.) – The safety of Arkansas State University-Newport students, faculty, staff and visitors is our top priority, and the institution is closely monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and following protocols as set forth in our emergency response plan.

A-State Announces Immediate Transitition to All Online Course Delivery

Mar 15, 2020
Arkansas State University

This information from Arkansas State University Chancellor D. Kelly Damphousse.

Dear Red Wolves:

Six NYITCOM Student Doctors Matched to Military Residencies

Jan 16, 2020
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Wilson Hall in Jonesboro
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

Six members of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine-Arkansas’ inaugural class were matched to U.S. military residencies last week and will begin their Graduate Medical Education (GME) in conjunction with service to their country. 

Casey Pearce, NYIT at A-State

This is A-State Connections on KASU.   Associate Professor of medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University Dr. Darren Sommer was honored with the 2019 Innovation Hero Award.  He won the award for the work that he has done to integrate telemedicine technology into the health care experience.  He also developed a curriculum at NYIT at A-State to teach students telemedicine.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked to Dr.

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

This summer, NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will host a mini medical summer camp for high school students.  It is called Project HEART.  HEART stands for Health Education Advocacy Reflection, and Training.  The four-day camp takes place in June and applications are available for this program through the end of February.  Telling us more is Dr.

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions has received an 89-thousand dollars grant from the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.  The grant will be used to purchase a baby simulator, called the SimBaby.  Telling us about this is Kayla Travis, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Clinical Lab Coordinator.  Addie Flemming is an Assistant Professor of Nursing.  Travis starts the interview by telling about the clinical lab, where the SimBaby is located.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Wilson Hall in Jonesboro
Brandon Tabor / KASU News

The NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University is in a partnership with the office of Representative Rick Crawford.  The fellowship program will assess the usage of federal funds in the Delta region and ensure they are benefitting residents as intended.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves sat down with the Dean, Dr. Shane Speights.  Before Reaves asked him about the fellowship, Speights commented on how this academic year has been.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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Tuesday was Missouri’s primary…a day that might not have normally driven many Dunklin County residents to the polls.  This primary was the exception to the rule.  That is because two propositions were on the ballot that, if passed, would have led to the construction and maintenance of a new hospital in the county.  It would have most likely been placed in Kennett.  

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will have its third White Coat ceremony Friday, August 10th at the Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  First year medical students will receive their coats before the start of two years of intense bookwork and two more years of rotations.  The Dean of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr.

Angela Lowther, Executive Dir. of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, sitting with Paul Gatling, Editor of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
Talk Business and Politics

Health insurance—it’s constantly a worry for business owners, and the dynamics are continually changing.  TB&P Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Editor Paul Gatling recently sat down with Angela Lowther, Executive Director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, to find out what’s happening… in the Marketplace.


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Dunklin County Residents will go to the polls in August to decide on two ballot issues for the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. 

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On June 30th, the residents of Kennett, Missouri will lose their hospital.  A consolidation of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett and the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is leading to the closing of the facility.  In response to this, area physicians and St. Bernards Healthcare have been working to ensure the over two-thousand residents in Kennett will not be without medical care.  Two urgent care clinics will open July first.  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock says in addition to those clinics, emergency services will still be provided.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has received an 828-thousand-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  The grant money, along with 200-thousand dollars from N-Y-I-T, will be used for a mobile medical clinic in the Arkansas Delta region.  Dean Dr. Shane Speights (sp-ITES) says this will provide needed screenings and health care in underserved areas in Arkansas.

Wikipedia

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stakes confronting Republicans determined to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law were evident in one recent encounter between an Ohio congressman and a constituent.

"He said, 'Now you guys own it. Now fix it. It's on your watch now,'" recalled GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi, chairman of a pivotal health subcommittee. "And this is a supporter."

City of Jonesboro

Sidewalks are a must for all future construction in Jonesboro.  That was the message the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Commission received from concerned citizens in a recent meeting.  For over an hour, citizens pleaded with commissioners to require developers to make sidewalks part of their building plans.  The commissioners were considering ordinance changes to forward to the Jonesboro City Council about rezoning and sidewalks.  In the 1960’s, codes required sidewalks, but those regulations were relaxed and sidewalks were no longer required, which led to many areas of Jonesboro withou

Mark Smith, KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited the KASU studios for this month's talk with KASU's Johnathan Reaves. The Senator discussed his annual Agriculture Tour, as well as the latest challenges to Obamacare and other issues. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about veterans' issues, fighting ebola, and the priorities of the new Congress, in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview. It begins with Boozman sharing what he did on Veterans' Day...

U.S. Senator John Boozman returned to Washington this month following his recent heart surgery. In a phone conversation with KASU's Mark Smith, he discussed his experience as a patient in the health care system. He also talked about reforms at the VA, international tensions, and the impact of the EPA's proposed carbon emission cuts. Click on the "Listen" link for the complete interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed several of the issues related to the partial shutdown of the federal government in his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) talked about the House Republican proposal to cut funding and reform the Food Stamp program, and the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act during his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith....

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) visited the U.S./Mexican border during the August recess. He discussed border security, immigration reform, the Farm Bill, Syria, and health care in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is embarking on an Agriculture Tour in Arkansas as part of his travels during the August recess. He discussed the Farm Bill, health care, unrest in the Middle East, and other topics during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed the next steps on the Farm Bill, delays to Obamacare, and the President's renewed focus on the economy, in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link for the whole interview.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) discusses the controversial House vote on a Farm Bill that did not include the nutrition program. He also updates us on the opposition to the White River's National Blueway designation, and on the latest House vote on health care, in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.