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COVID-19: County Updates

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 

The Jefferson County Courthouse is open to the public by appointment only beginning Monday, May 18th. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the appropriate county department prior to arrival. County Judge Gerald Robinson has established a set of new guidelines for entering the building to protect the health of county employees and the public. Visitors will be required to wear proper personal protection, specifically masks. Courthouse security will also take temperature readings using a non-contact thermometer and administer a set of COVID-19 screening questions prior to visitor entry. All persons are advised to practice physical distance guidelines whenever possible on Courthouse grounds by adhering to six feet of separation from other groups of people not traveling with them. Contact information for each county department is listed on the county website at JeffersonCountyAR.gov. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation.


MEMO

TO: All County Officials, Department Heads, County Employees and The Public

FROM: Gerald Robinson, County Judge

DATE: June 22, 2020

RE: County Employee (Security) Tests Positive for COVID-19

My office was notified today that a Sheriff's office employee who provides security at the main entrance of The Courthouse tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last at work on Wednesday, June 17th and is currently in quarantine. It remains unknown when or where the virus was contracted. As a precaution, the Sheriff's Department is disinfecting the building tonight using specialized equipment and chemicals, and the Courthouse will continue to remain open during regular business hours by appointment only.  Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the appropriate county department prior to arrival. Visitors will be required to wear masks and temperature readings will be taken using a non-contact thermometer.  All persons are advised to practice physical distance guidelines whenever possible on Courthouse grounds by adhering to six feet of separation from other groups of people not traveling with them. Contact information for each county department is listed on the county website at JeffersonCountyAR.gov. I strongly advise that citizens conduct business by phone or online with the county whenever possible. Our prayers are with the employee during this time along with everyone battling coronavirus across the state, nation and our world. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation.

MEMO


Jefferson County Judge Lifts Curfew

Effective immediately, Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson has lifted the countywide curfew that was enacted on April 7th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay informed of county developments at JeffersonCountyAR.gov. 

MEMO


Get Information: COVID-19 Resources 

LINKS

Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Arkansas Department of Health 

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

City of Pine Bluff

Jefferson Regional Medical Center has established a COVID-19 resource line to answer your questions. Also, if you suspect you have COVID-19, this is the number you should call. The number is 870-541-4911.


Press Release for Immediate Release

Pursuant to the directives of the Arkansas Supreme Court, In Re Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 Ark. 116 (per curiam) and In Re Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 Ark. ___ (per curiam March 20, 2020), all in-person proceedings in Arkansas courts have been suspended through Friday April 17, 2020.

If you have a citation or court date for District Court or any City Court in Jefferson County, please contact the Court in which your case has been filed for further information. 

District Court Div. I Judge Bridgforth: (870) 541-4646

District Court Div. II Judge Kearney: (870) 850-7584

Redfield City Court Judge Bridgforth (501) 397-6111

White Hall City Court Judge Bridgforth (870) 247-1420

Humphrey City Court Judge Bridgforth (870) 873-4615

Wabbaseka City Court Judge Bridgforth (870) 692-5996


 
Supreme Court of Arkansas Implements Emergency Precautions To Help Protect The Public From Unnecessary Risks
 

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Arkansas Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here to download the press release (English)

Click here to download the press release (Spanish)


2020 Census Update. It's Not Too Late. Respond Today.

Jefferson County has a 46.0% self response rate as of the 27th of April. The state average is 48.9%, and the national response rate is 53.2%. The importance of getting a complete COUNT for our County is a top priority. It's not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. You still have time before the Census Bureau comes to you. According to the Census Bureau's website, you have until anywhere between May 27 and August 14 before census takers will conduct home interviews for those who haven't responded. It isn't yet clear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect in-person census taking.

You can fill out the short census questionnaire online (www.2020census.gov), by phone or through the mail. Click the link below for details on how to respond and feel free to share the information on Facebook or any other Social Media platform.

Census Info Sheet


Jefferson County Storm Debris Removal and Collection

Jefferson County Road Department crews are removing debris across the county from the recent storms. To schedule curbside pickup of debris at your location, please call the Road Department at 870-534-7020. Citizens, businesses and contractors have until June 11th to request collection. A contact person's name, phone number and address will be required to schedule pickup. For individuals that want to haul their own debris, Hestand Stadium (420 N. Blake in Pine Bluff) is the collection location and is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm. Follow the red signs near the entrance to be directed to the burn site. For additional questions about debris removal or collection, contact the Road Department at 870-534-7020.


MEMO

TO: All County Officials, Department Heads, County Employees and The Public

FROM: Gerald Robinson, County Judge

DATE: April 3, 2020

RE: Courthouse Closure and Quorum Court Meeting Information

On behalf of Jefferson County, I thank members of the community and our partner agencies for all your efforts to protect the public and meet critical needs as we face this public health crisis and global pandemic. We appreciate you heeding the warnings to stay at home and following the guidelines to flatten the curve. County leaders and emergency management staff are constantly monitoring developments and strategizing about additional steps needed to protect the public. 

Effective Tuesday, April 7th through Friday, April 24th the Jefferson County Courthouse will be CLOSED. Some of our county employees have already had to be quarantined and we want to do our best to limit the risk of potential exposures to COVID-19.

During the closure we expect county employees to continue practicing social distancing, not gather in crowds of 10 or more people and exercise frequent hand washing. We encourage you to stay at home and only leave unless absolutely necessary. If you do venture into public spaces, we strongly encourage you to wear masks or protective face gear. We are also encouraging the public to follow the same guidelines to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Although the Courthouse will be closed, county departments will still be operational online and by phone. Our courts are also continuing to function online. Please check the Jefferson County website (www.JeffersonCountyAR.gov) for updates regarding county business and public health information. The Courthouse is scheduled to re-open to county employees on Monday, April 27th but access will remain restricted to the public.

Additionally, Jefferson County's Committee of the Whole and Quorum Court meetings will be held Tuesday, April 7 beginning at 5:30pm in the first-floor lobby of the Courthouse. Elected officials, essential staff and media attending the meeting will have their temperature taken and answer questions related to Covid-19 before being allowed into the Courthouse. Social distancing protocols will be followed. Guidance from the Association of Arkansas Counties on public meetings states that Ark Code 14-14-904 does not authorize Quorum Court meetings by phone or teleconference. Public access to the meetings will be restricted as a precautionary measure to protect public health. However, a recording of the proceedings will be posted on the county website.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We will get through this difficult time together.

Click Here to Download Disaster Emergency Proclamation


Election Petitions

Municipal candidates filing with petitions may begin circulating petitions May 7, 2020.
Cities of the 1st class require 30 signatures.
Cities of the 2nd class and Incorporated Towns require 10 signatures.
Municipal filing with petitions begins July 29, 2020 thru August 5, 2020
 
School Election November 2020
 
School board filing period begins July 27, 2020 thru August 3, 2020.
School board candidates may begin circulating petitions May 7, 2020.
Petitions require 20 signatures.
 
All petitions must be printed on LEGAL SIZE paper. 
 

For more information, please contact the County Clerk's Office.

Shawndra Taggart
Jefferson County Clerk
101 W. Barraque Street, Suite 101
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 541-5322
Fax: (870) 541-5324