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Union County Arkansas Salvation Army Closes Due To COVID-19

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UNION COUNTY  ARK. COVID-19    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference yesterday, the purpose of which was to give an update on the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state. Hutchinson pointed out that while this number was a jump in Coronavirus cases in Arkansas,  the results were reflective of an increase in testing that has been going on in the state.  

"Yesterday, I reported that we had 118 cases in Arkansas, today we have 165 positive test results," Hutchinson explained.

Arkansas’ Union County Judge Mike Loftin also announced in a Facebook post that the first case of the 

Credit Courtesy: Arkansas Governor's Facebook
Courtesy: Arkansas Governor's Facebook
COVID-19 RATES JUMP - Governor Asa Hutchinson (left) revealed an increase in Coronavirus cases overnight during a press conference Sunday 3/22/20.

novel coronavirus  in Union County had been confirmed by the Arkansas Dept. of Health.  Judge Loftin  encouraged Union County residents to abide by social distancing guidelines.

The Salvation Army in Union County has released a statement saying that the confirmed case was one of their staff members.   Salvation Army Capt. Jason Perdieu is quoted as saying  “Nobody needs to panic, and that the staff member is in quarantine”… Perdieu  said the rest of the staff have been sent home to self-quarantine.”

According to the statement the Union County branch of the Salvation Army will shut down all operations for the next two weeks or until they are cleared by health officials.  This means a cancelation to their upcoming spring feeding program for children on spring break, as well as other meal and shelter services. Those residing in the Salvation Army shelter at the time of the staff member’s diagnosis have been urged to stay there;  however, Salvation Army staff cannot force them to stay against their will.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.