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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

City of Jonesboro asking people to follow Covid guidelines for Thanksgiving

JONESBORO, Ark- Thanksgiving week is here, and the city of Jonesboro is reminding people to continue to follow Covid guidelines to help flatten the curve.

Arkansas has over 17,000 active coronavirus cases, and city leaders are worried that number will continue to rise.

Especially if people don’t take precautions and host large family thanksgiving gatherings this week.

“The mayor wants everyone to understand the risks we face right now. Arkansas and Jonesboro specifically are having a spike that’s above the national average. As we all know, the nation is seeing a tremendous spike in November. We’ve seen record cases in November,” says Communications Director Bill Campbell.

As of yesterday, Arkansas added almost 1,300 new cases.

Currently, 962 are hospitalized. Craighead County also remains in the top five of counties with the highest new daily cases.

Campbell says they’re not telling people to cancel Thanksgiving, but to do it responsibly so you don’t put anyone at risk.

“You don’t wanna be responsible for giving that to somebody that you love or care about. Do it with people that are in your inner circle, your regular family. There are so many technological formats these days where you can facetime or have a virtual hello and visit with your loved ones,” says Campbell. “You don’t wanna be responsible for giving that to anyone you love or care about.”

Medical officials continue to stress against holiday travel.

The same time as a TSA spokesperson says they screened over two million people this weekend at airports across the country.

The ADH is also reminding people to remember the three w’s: wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.

Campbell says mayor Harold Perrin will have a virtual thanksgiving this year.

As the state continues to see the effects of Halloween parties and social gatherings, Campbell hopes people will think twice before deciding not to take precautions.

“I would describe our health care community as very concerned. They’re the front lines dealing with the repercussions first of people who don’t do this. We saw this after Halloween. That’s why November is bad. Everybody did not take this seriously,” according to Campbell.

He says, think about those around you.

You don’t want to be the reason a loved one, friend or anyone in the community gets the virus, and especially anyone who is high risk.


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