Covid Closings


Today is March 30, 2020. It is now 18 days since Henderson State University closed its doors to all but the dining hall and dorms. In that time what is commonly referred to as social distancing in the media or lockdown on social media has accelerated and seems to be continuing to increase in severity. 


As of this date, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website, there are just 426 confirmed cases of Covid-19 of which 17 are in Clark County. One of these is Shelly Loe, the Executive Vice President of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce. According to Stephen Bell, President of the AREDA she is home on quarantine. 


As of March 19, Governor Hutchinson ordered all bars, lounges, private clubs and taverns closed as well as all gyms and fitness facilities. Additionally public gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited in the state while restaurants may sell food for drive-through, drive-in, takeout, or delivery only. 


Little Rock and some other cities around the state have imposed curfews as early as 9pm to 5am. HSU Dining hall and most Restaurants have closed dining rooms to the public since March 16; all food is served through drive thrus or by curbside or home delivery. Some restaurants like Capo’s Tacos in Hot Springs are refusing to accept cash and only accepting payment by debit or credit over the phone, according to their recent Facebook post. 


In Sunday’s press briefing President Trump announced that he is extending federal social distancing guidelines to April 30. The federal guidelines include staying home if you feel sick, avoid social gatherings of 10 or more, avoid eating in public restaurant dining rooms, avoid unnecessary travel, and don’t visit nursing homes and retirement facilities. 


Hygiene measures recommended are to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow. Clean and disinfect surfaces and items you use or touch frequently. 


If you feel you have symptoms of Covid-19, Clark County and Arkadelphia have teamed up with Natural State Labs to host a drive-through screening clinic. Wednesday April 1 from 10am to 4pm at the Cliff Harris Football Stadium Parking Lot at Ouachita Baptist University. Bring your photo ID and any available health insurance information. Priority will be given to those at high risk, while those who are asymptomatic will not be tested. Enter the testing area from 8th street and exit onto 10th street.