City of Eureka Springs receives Blue & You grant

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The city of Eureka Springs has received $44,188 from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

The foundation recently awarded seven additional grants in its Rapid-Response COVID-19 Relief program, which now has funded $1.7 million in grants to organizations in Arkansas working to prevent the spread of coronavirus or helping communities deal with its effects. Eureka Springs will use the grant money to provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the city and in high traffic public areas, as well as equip frontline city workers, law enforcement personnel and emergency responders with no-touch digital forehead thermometers.

The grant will provide 40 large indoor and outdoor hand sanitizing stations to be placed at entrances and exits at City Hall, the fire station, the police station, transit locations, the City Auditorium, the public works office and work area, the parks and recreation commission office and 15 in-town trailheads.

Funds will also be used to purchase wall-mounted and counter-stand hand sanitizing stations to be placed throughout the downtown shopping district and at trolley stop shelters. There will be laminated signage at all hand sanitizer stations.

Additionally, 160 no-touch digital forehead thermometers will be provided for in-town restaurants and city offices. Disposable masks are being donated for businesses to provide to their customers at the door.

These items will be ordered when the grand funds are available. Some items will be available soon, but others will depend on when supplies have them in stock. The city will let businesses know when the items are in-hand.

Other recipients of the grants include Conway Regional Health Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation in Fort Smith, Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Centers for Youth and Families in Little Rock and Madison County Medical Group in Huntsville.

“We are seeing a diverse range in the applications for the Rapid Response COVID-19 Relief grants and are working to address as many needs as possible,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & Youth Foundation. “The one thing that ties them all together is that these communities want to do everything they can to protect their citizens, and we are doing what we can to help.”

“The communities of Arkansas have always been resilient, but we know these are difficult times,” said Curtis Barnett, Arkansas Blue Cross president and chief executive officer. “We will continue to support our neighbors and our state.”

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