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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Jonesboro City Council meeting strictly virtual

JONESBORO, AR- Jonesboro city council is taking step to diminish post-thanksgiving COVID spike.

No in-person participation will be available at the city of Jonesboro’s December 1 and 8 city council and committee meetings; this is applying to city employees who will work from home for two weeks.

“At the end of two weeks, or near the end of two weeks we’re going to decide how significant the growth of COVID and determine if we need to extend it beyond that. We don’t want to do this that’s not desirable, but we did this based on the experts that we’ve heard from that it’s best,” Chief of staff, Mike Downing said.

Active cases and hospitalizations remain high across the city and Craighead County

Downing this decision was from health experts to help them do their part in stopping the spread.

All meetings broadcast on Facebook live and Suddenlink channel 24, or by going online to

“Mentioned from all state, federal, health experts about COVID during Thanksgiving was a great concern to us. We had experience doing this in April when doing virtual city council and committee meetings and started learning how to use Zoom and what the limitations were. It certainly not desirable we would greatly much prefer having citizens come in,” Downing said.

Residents and interested parties can participate either by sending email to or calling.

Tomorrows’ meeting is for the finance, public works committee and city council meetings starting at 4:30.


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