Barr orders county offices to reduce staff on duty

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

By Scott Loftis

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr has ordered county departments to reduce the number of employees on duty amidst concerns over COVID-19.

In a written statement, Barr said each department head will reduce and rotate the number of employees “in hopes of not having a total shutdown of any office.”

Barr and Office of Emergency Management coordinator Nick Samac have declared an disaster emergency through the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Barr’s statement says.

Barr urged residents who need to conduct businesses at county offices to call before trying to come in. Visitors at the Eastern District Courthouse will be greeted at the front door by a security guard who will check their temperature with a non-contact thermometer. Anyone with a temperature reading of 100.4 degrees or higher will be turned away, according to Barr’s statement.

“If you have a fever of feel sick, stay home!” Barr’s statement says. “If you fall into the higher risk categories, please stay home and away from others as much as possible.”

Barr also urges county residents to check on their neighbors, especially those who are high-risk.

“Let’s show the true spirit of Carroll County by helping others in this time of need,” Barr says in his statement.

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