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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin introduced the opening of a COVID19 page on the City of Jonesboro website, Jonesboro.org, as a way to help residents stay abreast of policy and changes taking place in City government, as well as ask questions and find links to information regarding the pandemic coronavirus outbreak. The page may be accessed by visiting https://www.jonesboro.org/540/Coronavirus-COVID-19 or through a link on the city website homepage.
“While we work around the clock to adapt to the requirements – most notably social distancing – that will best see us through this emergency, we want to be as informative and responsive to our residents as we possibly can,” Perrin said Wednesday.
“With that in mind, I have met with my chiefs and departmental directors to put all pertinent information in one place that the public can easily access. It will include our regular news releases that have been sent out over the past two weeks, as well as briefings from me, members of my administration, health experts and community leaders.”
Perrin created the email address, COVID19@jonesboro.org, for questions that anyone might have as well as a phone hotline – 870-336-7244 – that will be manned 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays for people with questions or concerns. Emergency calls, as always, be directed to 9-1-1.
Perrin addressed concerns from the public Wednesday about a rumored positive test for COVID19 in the city, which as many rumors was unfounded, to concerns of community gatherings in the coming days.
“We have no confirmed cases in Jonesboro, but that remains not just a possibility but a strong likelihood that we are prepared to address when the time comes,” Perrin said. “Our police and fire departments have the appropriate personal protection equipment that they use in many circumstances and are ready to respond.”