Covid-19 – Local News/Updates

NORTH LITTLE ROCK RESTAURANTS – Open for pickup/delivery/drive-thru

LITTLE ROCK RESTAURANTS – Open for pickup/delivery/drive-thru

SCHOOL LUNCHES – ALL THE INFO HERE

LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES
ARKANSAS ONLINE

KATV

THV11

KLRT

KARK 4

CITY OF LITTLE ROCK -COVID19 UPDATES

Baptist Health Opens COVID-19 Screening Sites Throughout Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  Baptist Health has set up sites at various locations throughout Arkansas to evaluate people who are concerned about possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A list of the locations is below:

Arkadelphia

For Clark County residents, Baptist Health-Arkadelphia has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the parking lot of Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley, 10 Montgomery Drive in Arkadelphia.

  • The drive-thru clinic is an extension of the clinic and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.
  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Clark County site should call ahead to (870) 245-2198 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Conway

Baptist Health-Conway has set up a triage in the front area of the hospital’s Emergency Department where medical personnel will triage and medically screen patients. Patients will be treated and billed as an emergency room visit. It is operating from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Heber Springs

For Cleburne County residents, Baptist Health-Heber Springs has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the hospital’s back parking lot at 1800 Bypass Road. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Friday, March 27.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at this site should call ahead to (501) 887-3279 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Little Rock

Baptist Health-Little Rock has set up a triage in the Medical Towers II parking deck as an extension of the Emergency Department. Patients will be treated and billed as an emergency room visit. It is operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Malvern

For Hot Spring County residents, Baptist Health-Hot Spring County has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location at 2204 Sullenberger Ave. in Malvern. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Hot Spring County site should call ahead to (501) 413-9106 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment.

Stuttgart

For Arkansas County residents, Baptist Health-Stuttgart has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the parking lot of Baptist Health Stuttgart Medical Clinic, 1609 North Medical Drive in Stuttgart. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Arkansas County site should call ahead to (870) 673-7211 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment.

 

Visit baptist-health.com/coronavirus for more details regarding Baptist Health’s response to the coronavirus disease, including visitor restrictions at hospitals, access to care, COVID-19 education and drive-thru screening sites.

ARKANSAS CLOSINGS – SCHEDULE CHANGES –  KATV 4 SOURCED

Postponements and cancellations continue across Arkansas amid the coronavirus crisis.

These have been coming in since Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered school closures in four Central Arkansas counties before extending that to all schools across the state.

NOTE: Meals for LRSD students to continue during school closure

The state’s universities and colleges have gone to online only classes through the end of the semester, as follows:

University of Arkansas suspends in-person classes, will begin all-online course delivery starting March 16 and continuing through the remainder of the semester.

UA Little Rock – effectively immediately, face-to-face classes will migrate to online – until further notice. On-campus events canceled through April 30 unless written authorization is granted by the vice chancellor.

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service all classes will be moved online. Public events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester, including Clinton School Speaker Series programs and the National Community Philanthropy Conference, have been cancelled or postponed with hopes to reschedule during the 2020-21 academic year.

Clinton Presidential Center will suspend most operations from March 14 through March 30, 2020. Includes: Library’s permanent and temporary exhibits, Research room, and Clinton Museum Store will be closed. 42 bar and table will suspend in-restaurant service but will offer a limited lunch menu available for curbside pick-up in Celebration Circle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arkansas State University (all-campus trial of online class delivery for next Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. All classes will meet as scheduled on Monday, March 16). Following this online trial, Arkansas State will return from Spring Break in online classroom delivery starting Monday, March 30.

UCA classes canceled March 13-16. Courses transition to online only on March 17. Click here for full details.

Hendrix College (Conway) In-person classes will be canceled as of Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16: College-owned housing will close at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the semester. Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: In-person classes will be canceled, and faculty training will be held for the transition to remote learning. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27: The College’s Spring Break will continue as planned. Monday, March 30: Remote courses will begin, along with academic advising and registration for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Arkansas Tech University – In-person classes cease at 5 p.m. March 13 and move toward online instruction.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (through March 30). Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff) – closed through Sunday, March 15. Instruction is limited to online only, but the campus is NOT closed, administrative offices are open.

Southern Arkansas University Magnolia campus has cancelled all face-to-face classes scheduled for the week of March 16-20 prior to spring break March 23-27. Course delivery shifts fully online beginning March 30 through the remainder of the semester.

Pulaski Technical College – in-person classes canceled March 12-29, college continues to provide online learning and staff offices remain open.

UAM, UAM-Crossett and UAM-McGehee- all classes moved online only, student activities canceled until at least March 30.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith: no on-campus classes from 5 p.m. Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. A decision to move classes online will not be made until Wednesday, March 26, with the hopes that students can return to campus Monday, March 30.

Shorter College: Full-time faculty and staff will report to work during normal operating hours. Faculty will also adhere to regularly scheduled office hours. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) starting March 13, 2020. During this time, students are required to complete assignments within the allotted time. All student events are canceled until further notice. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020.

Philander Smith College has made the decision to move from in-person class instruction to a hybrid remote approach effective Monday, March 23rd until further notice. Students will be on Spring Break as scheduled March 16 – 20. The following week (beginning March 23), the Spring Semester will resume with classes offered remotely – a hybrid model that will employ a mix of online and other remote capabilities. During the suspension of in-person classes, the campus will remain operational for staff and faculty. The 2020 Founder’s Day Celebration, which was to take place March 26, has been postponed. In conjunction, the leadership of the PSC-National Alumni Association is rescheduling its 64th Alumni Convention that was scheduled for March 26 – 29 in Little Rock.

Below, find schedule changes/closures for other facilities and events:

CITIES/COUNTIES:

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office: all in-person jail visitation has been suspended.

Hot Springs Convention Center, including Bank OZK Arena, closed to the public.

Hot Springs Police Department lobby temporarily closed. If you need to speak with an officer, there is a call button inside the foyer and one of employees will assist you. If you need an accident or incident report, you can call 501-321-6789 and ask to speak with a Records Clerk.

Rock Region METRO is modifying public transit bus service beginning Friday, March 20.

Greenbrier – the Fire Department and other city officers are on a Level 2 Lockdown. There will be NO public access to the Fire Station until further notice. If you need assistance call the police department at 501-679-3105, the fire department at 501-679-2345 or if it’s an emergency dial 911.

Cleveland County curfew for individuals under the age of 18 is in effect between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., until further notice.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issues response to COVID-19

Jefferson County Clerk encourages voting by absentee ballot for March 31 runoff election.

City of Jacksonville buildings will be closed to the general public effective Wednesday, March 18th until March 30th. Jacksonville Police Department will be closed to the general public. As normal, officers will respond to emergency situations and traffic accidents. For non-emergencies, please call 982-3191 between 8 am – 5 pm. After 5 pm, call 985-2802. Regular sanitation routes will continue. Curbside pickup of recycling will be suspended until March 30. The Recycling Center will also be closed. The Jacksonville Animal Shelter will be closed to the public. If your pet is picked up during this time, you will be able to claim them by calling 982-2916. City employees may be reached by phone and email. For a listing of departments, phone numbers and email addresses, please visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.

Faulkner County and City of Conway District Court plea and arraignment cases set for Monday, March 23, will be moved to Wednesday, May 20th at 8:30 a.m. Traffic and Criminal Trials set for March 24th and March 26th and the Small Claims and Civil Dockets scheduled for March 25th are continued to new dates that the parties will be notified by the Court of their new time.

LRPD will have restricted access to their buildings starting March 18. Anyone visiting must complete a screening form before entering.

Little Rock mayor orders city facilities closed, 12AM to 5AM curfew to start March 18Note: Officers will still be enforcing traffic laws when appropriate, but they WILL NOT solely stop a vehicle for curfew violation.

North Little Rock mayor issues emergency proclamation

Pine Bluff City Hall closed through March 20

Pulaski County Buildings: Restricted access to the Pulaski County Administration Building, Prosecutor’s Office, Pulaski County Regional Building (Bale Building), Pulaski County Courthouse and the Juvenile District Court Complex through March 31. Access is granted only to county employees, elected officials, judges, court officers, law enforcement and state employees who work for the courts and Prosecutor’s Office.

Pulaski County 2nd Division Circuit Court (Judge Chris Piazza) jury orientation scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, 2020 has been canceled.

Faulkner County government offices closed.

The Sherwood District court postpones all First Appearances and trials (Traffic, Criminal, Civil and Small Claims), until after April 15. If you have a case in Sherwood, please contact the court at (501) 835-0898 to get a new court date.

NLR COMMUNITY CENTERS: The City of North Little Rock is closing all community centers, adult fitness centers, The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and the Hays Senior Citizens Center effective Thursday evening at 8. The facilities will remain closed until at least March 30.

City of Jacksonville will close all indoor Parks and Recreation facilities to include the Community Center, Martin Street Youth Center, and Shooting Range. Furthermore, all athletic programs are postponed to include practices.

City of Benton is addressing coronavirus contingency plans on Monday March 16.

EVENTS:

Arkansas Italian Food & Cultural Festival that was set for April 24-26 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center has been rescheduled to the weekend of September 25-27, 2020.

2020 Ragin’ Cajun Bash, benefitting CARTI and scheduled for April 30, has been postponed until April 2021.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, originally scheduled for March 28-29 at Robinson Performance Hall, has been postponed.

Catholic High Junktique Sale (Little Rock) was scheduled for April 4 but has been moved to June 13.

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big scheduled on April 2-5, 2020 at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock has been canceled. The dates will not be rescheduled.

River City Men’s Chorus concerts scheduled for April 19, 20 and 23 are canceled.

Diamond Chef Arkansas rescheduled for Oct. 15

ProtectARVoices event planned for Saturday, March 21, to speak out against the “Petition Killer” amendment has been postponed. This is only a postponement and the planned event will be rescheduled as soon as events allow.

TobyMac concert set for March 13 at Simmons Bank Arena postponed until August.

CHER concert at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock that was set for March 14 is postponed to September 20.

High school basketball: Remainder of the AAA Basketball Finals are postponed until further notice.

Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA will cancel some upcoming events and reschedule others for the 2020-21 season. The following performances will be affected. “Celtic Angels Ireland,” originally scheduled for March 16, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season. “Yamato Drummers of Japan,” originally scheduled for March 18, is being cancelled. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” originally scheduled for April 9, is being rescheduled for the 2020-21 season.

The First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs, has been postponed.

Baby Shark Live! April 19 performance at Simmons Bank Arena will be rescheduled for a later date.

OTHER:

Fayetteville mayor has implemented new restrictions on bars and restaurants. Effective immediately, they are required to observe an occupancy rate of no more than 50% of that set by the fire marshal. They will also be required to space tables and barstools at least six-feet apart and limit party sizes to fewer than 10 people, as recommended by the CDC.

Secretary of State John Thurston is ordering the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes.

Arkansas National Guard: Army graduations, visitations closed to families, public. Includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training. Effective immediately at all Army locations where training occurs. Recommends parents and loved ones not purchase tickets to visit their Soldiers at BCT, AIT.

CHI St. Vincent (Little Rock) announced new guidelines for hospital visitors and has paused volunteer programs. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to two (2) immediate family visitors per hospitalized patient, per day.

Baptist Health has restrictions for people entering facilities for purposes other than to receive medical care or visit a patient or family member. Visitors wishing to see patients will be limited to patient rooms only. All visitors must remain in the patient’s room or they will be asked kindly to leave the building. In addition, Baptist Health is suspending access to all common areas such as public waiting rooms and hospital cafeterias, which will only be available for hospital employees to get food.

Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Little Rock is closed to visitors and will remained closed until further notice.

Bryant Boys and Girls Club will be closed starting tomorrow, March 13 & will reopen Monday, March 30.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church (Little Rock) – Worship services for Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. as well as the St. Luke Campus 9:30 a.m. service are cancelled. Also, Raney Lecture Series this weekend with Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School postponed.

Fellowship Bible Church (Little Rock) CHURCH EVENTS are CANCELED through March 29.

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended programs, outreach, and use of public meeting rooms effective immediately through the end of March.

Oaklawn Park statement

Southland Casino Racing (West Memphis) closed at 6 a.m. March 17 until further notice.

Saracen Annex Casino (Pine Bluff) closed through the end of March.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District has closed Table Rock Lake’s Dewey Short Visitor Center, Greers Ferry Lake’s William Carl Garner Visitor Center, and the River Valley Visitor Center located at the Russellville Site Office.

CANCELLATIONS – POSTPONED EVENTS

ACANSA Spring Break Arts Camps: March 23-27

Argenta Acoustic Music Series with guitarist Paul Asbell: March 19, the Joint in North Little Rock

Arkansas Chamber Singers Spring Concert: March 19, 7:30 p.m., postponed

Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff: Closed until April 7

Arkansas State Capitol: March 13, until further notice

Arkansas Veterans Coalition Meeting: March 20. Rescheduled for May 22.

Arlo Guthrie concert: March 20, Walton Arts Center, postponed to Oct. 4

Baby Shark Live!: April 19, Simmons Bank Arena, postponed

Benton Parks Systems: all group activities such as sports tournaments, competitions and related events canceled through March 29

Bentonville Bike Fest: May 1-3, postponed to Aug. 7-9

Bryant Aquatic Center: Closed through March 30

Central Arkansas Christian: Closed through March 27

Central Arkansas Library System: All programs and events suspended effective immediately through March 31, all locations remain open

Center at Bishop Park in Bryant: Closed through March 30

Centre at University Park: Closed through March 30

Chris Smither concert: March 20, Ron Robinson Theater

Christ Church, Little Rock: Closed through March 30; services will be streamed Sundays via Facebook and YouTube. April 3 art reception and Newbern/Grimes exhibit postponed

Clinton Center public programs canceled between March 13-30

Clinton School of Public Service: All classes moved online for the remainder of the spring semester; spring semester public events, including Clinton School Speaker Series programs and the National Community Philanthropy Conference, are canceled or postponed

Dollarway School District: Closed until March 30

Downtown Little Rock Partnership annual meeting, March 17, 11:30 a.m., Statehouse Convention Center

Dunbar Community Center: Closed through March 30

EAST Conference: March 17-19, Hot Springs Convention Center

East Little Rock Community Center: Closed through March 30

Feast of St. Joseph Celebration and Farm Stand: March 19, St. Joseph Center of Arkansas

Go Red for Women luncheon for the American Heart Association of Arkansas: March 17, Benton, postponed

Governor’s Arts Awards: March 17, Governor’s Mansion, Little Rock

Grantseeking Beyond the Basics (GetSmART!): March 18, Arkansas Department of Heritage, Little Rock

Henderson State University: Classes held online beginning March 13

Jazz at the Joint, The Joint, North Little Rock, until further notice

Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center: Closed through March 30

John Fullbright: March 12, South on Main, postponed to Thursday, June 11

John Moreland: March 15, South on Main, rescheduled to Thursday, July 9

Jonesboro: Senior centers and community centers are closed for at least a week

Little Rock Police Unity Ball: March 28, 7-11 p.m., Robinson Center

Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission Race Matters town hall on race and policing: March 12, 6:30 p.m., Darragh Center auditorium

Little Rock Sustainability Summit: April 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robinson Center, will be held virtually on the city’s YouTube channel

Little Rock Zoo:  All spring break events planned for March 19-29 are canceled. All public programming is canceled until March 30. All off-site programs have been canceled until March 30. The Wild Wines fundraiser has been moved from April 24 and 25 to September 25 and 26. Volunteer meetings and trainings have been postponed until March 30.

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History: Closed to the public March 13-29

North Little Rock: All community centers, adult fitness centers, the William F. Laman Public Library (Main Branch and Argenta Branch), and the Hays Senior Citizens Center are closed effective at 8 p.m. Thursday. The facilities will remain closed until at least March 30.

Park Hill Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock: all worship services March 13-27 canceled; digital worship coming via email

North Little Rock School District: Closing after March 12, will remain closed through March 30

Ottenheimer Therapeutic Recreation Center: Closed through March 30

Ouachita Baptist University: Classes canceled March 16-29; classes held online March 30-April 12

Pine Bluff Aquatic Center: Closed through March 31

Pine Bluff School District: Closed until March 30

Potluck & Poison Ivy: “An Evening with KaToya Fleming,” March 26 at the Joint in North Little Rock

Pulaski County Special School District: Closed until March 30

egional Dance America Southwest Festival: March 26-28, ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith

Rights After Wrongs: March 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pleasant Valley Church of Christ

River Center Park in Benton: Closed through March 29

Southwest Community Center: Closed through March 30

Stephens Community Center: Closed through March 30

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: Classes suspended, remote instruction beginning March 16 and continuing through spring semester

University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Classes move online until further notice, on-campus events canceled through April 30

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College: Face-to-face classes canceled, online and hybrid classes held online through March 30

UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start in Pulaski County: Closed until March 30

University of Central Arkansas: Classes canceled March 13, 16; classes held online beginning March 17 through end of semester; standardized tests (SAT, March 14; GRE and ACT, April 4) canceled; all spring semester shows at Griffin Planetarium canceled; The Big Event, March 14, canceled

Valley of the Vapors festival: March 19-23 in Hot Springs, includes related events

Walton Arts Center: All performances and events suspended through April 5

Watson Chapel School District: Closed until March 30

West Central Community Center: Closed through March 30

White Hall School District: Closed until March 30

Women’s Business Leadership Conference at Arkansas State University: April 2, postponed

Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’ Girls of Promise conference: April 2-3, postponed

 

Playlist