Berry assembles COVID-19 response team, limits foot traffic at City Hall
By Samantha Jones
Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry has assembled a community preparedness and response team for COVID-19.
According to a press release sent Friday, March 13, the team includes the Eureka Springs Hospital, Washington Regional Clinic/Hospital, Carroll County Emergency Services, Eureka Springs/Western Carroll County Emergency Medical Services, the Holiday Island Administration and Emergency Services, ECHO Clinic, Dr. Paul's Treatment Center, Eureka Springs Public Schools, Clear Spring Schools, Peachtree Village, Holly House and Prestige Assisted living.
The release says procedures and protocols have been established by each organization in coordination with the city, CDC, health department and other state, regional and national direct response state agencies. Eureka Springs has been proactive in response to the potential threat to its residents, customers and visitors, the release says.
The release says the city is prepared to adjust plans and response as the situation dictates. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Carroll County, the release says, but the city, hospitals, clinics and local emergency management leaders are taking the possibility of a pandemic threat seriously. Berry encouraged anyone who is feeling under the weather to stay home.
"If you're sick, stay home. If you've got a temperature, by all means, stay home," Berry said. "Right now, we're just trying to keep the virus from spreading not only to our workers but our citizens and our visitors."
According to a press release sent Monday, March 16, walk-in access to City Hall has been limited. If you have an appointment, the release says, enter City Hall through the 1st Street or back entrance to allow a 6-foot distance. You can call 479-253-9703 to set up an appointment.
For Eureka Springs city utilities, use the drop boxes, mail service or call in to make utility payments. The city has suspended all late fees and shut off notices for city utilities. For any new utility hook-ups, process those via drop boxes, mail or calling in.
The Carroll County offices located at the Western Carroll County Courthouse will continue business by appointment only, the release says. Be sure to call 479-253-8648 before arriving. The Circuit Court sessions scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, will be held, the release says, but Circuit Court is suspended until further notice after that session. District Court has also been suspended until further notice.
The city will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on the city website. For more information, visit http://www.cityofeurekasprings.us/index.php/lnews.