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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Why social distancing is still important after a natural disaster

JONESBORO, Ark. As the community cleans up from Saturdays tornado, the City of Jonesboro is still encouraging people to practice social distancing to flatten the curve.

Dr. Brookshield Laurent explains how we could see an increase in COVID cases in a few weeks due to the recent tornado.

“We are in a more vulnerable position right now because we are gathering and not upholding the guidelines for physical distancing,” Says Dr. Laurent. “There is a very strong possibility that we could see an increase in the amount of cases in our area, so exposure risk is much higher.”

Residents are still being advised to stay inside and practice social distancing.

Contractors are now being screened before they enter damaged neighborhoods in town.

E-9-1-1 are also screening callers before first responders arrive, asking them if they have been around a COVID patient.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he does not have enough positive test results to validate a stay at home order.

One man with a high-risk family member says he thinks people should be cautious if they are helping cleanup

“I think people definitely need to be safe and considerate of that because you don’t want to go into an area and expose someone who is high risk to covid-19," Say's Reaves. "I totally understand we need to help our neighbors, but we need to take care of others as well."

The City of Jonesboro still has that nightly curfew in place that starts at 10 p.m. to help not only with tornado clean up but also with COVID-19.


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