COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

May 16, 2020 Hazardous Household Waste Event Canceled

The Spring Hazardous Household Waste event that was scheduled for May 16, 2020, has been canceled, as a result of health concerns regarding COVID-19. The Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District (SWCRSWMD) will continue with the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event on October 17, 2020.  To view full press release, please see the link below.

Hazardous Household Waste Event Canceled

Baptist Health Host Local COVID-19 Testing Site

In response to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s campaign for COVID-19 testing, Baptist Health will be have testing available at their clinic from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM while supplies last at 10 Montgomery Drive, Caddo Valley AR, in the parking lot of the Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley.  The Arkansas Department of Health is advising residents with symptoms such as, fever, cough or shortness of breath to get tested.  For additional information please call the 24/7 COVID-19 information hotline at 1-888-BAPTIST or see the full press release at the link below.

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Release

Please see the press release from the U.S. Department of Treasury at the link below, regarding Supplemental Security Income.

Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

Clark County Organizations Collaborate to Provide Services to Those in Need

The press release at the link below includes information regarding services provided by local school districts and healthcare providers related to COVID 19 Pandemic.

  Press Release COVID19 (4.15.20)

Social Security Offices Closing Due to Coronavirus

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service.

This change impacts the nearly 3.5 million U.S. citizens across the country who rely on their local Social Security office each month to get help applying for and receiving benefits. 


April 1st, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ouachita Baptist University – Cliff Harris Stadium Parking Lot
Enter from 8th Street; exit onto 10th Street

Screening does not guarantee a COVID 19 test. Testing will only be performed if patients are found to be symptomatic during screening.

Bring Photo ID and any available health insurance information.

Testing Priority will be given to high-risk patients:

  • Patients Ages 60 years or older
  • Patients with the following conditions:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Pregnant
    • Immunocompromised patients (cancer, organ transplant, Human Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV, rheumatologic disease, chronic steroids)
    • Healthcare workers
    • Institutionalized patients (nursing home, dormitory, shelter, or prison)
    • Dialysis patients

COVID-19 Drive Through Screening Clinic

Local Healthcare providers are working with County and City officials, and Natural State Labs to host a Drive-Through Screening Clinic for those that are showing symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday April 1st.  Please review the information attached for details.

Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions

Our friends at Baptist Health have provided additional information for those of us in Arkadelphia and Clark County.  Please review the information provided below:

  • Arkadelphia: For Clark County residents, Baptist Health-Arkadelphia has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 screening location in the parking lot of Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley, 10 Montgomery Drive. 
  • The drive-thru clinic is an extension of the clinic and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to noon and 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. until further notice.
  • Those who have symptoms and need to be screened at the Clark County site should call ahead to (870) 245-2198 to schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Click to access 0320-Baptist-Health-Screening-Sites.pdf

Baptist Health Establishes 24/7 Hotline for COVID-19 Questions

Please see the attached press release from Baptist Health regarding remote services for COVID-19.

Click to access 0320-Baptist-Health-Coronavirus-Hotline.pdf

Joint Communication from the County of Clark and City of Arkadelphia.

Please see the attached press release from the City of Arkadelphia regarding the update regarding a positive test in Clark County.  City and County Officials will provide additional information tomorrow.

Click to access Press-Release-COVID19-3.19.20.pdf

Baptist Health COVID-19 Drive-Thru Clinic

The attached information has been provided by Baptist Health. Please follow the instructions listed on this document if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for the drive-thru clinic please call (870)245-2198.

Unemployment Applications

Applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits are attached below and available at the south entrance of Town Hall by the Water Department Payment Window.

  1. Attempt to apply thru the website
    (if not working step 2)
  2. Print the attached benefit application
  3. Complete application
  4. Deliver to Department of Workforce Services with proof of ID to the local office at 502 South 6th

The employment benefits form can be emailed to

COVID-19 Information from Dr. Pahls

Dr. Wendell Pahls of Baptist Health shares information regarding COVID-19 on KATV’s Saturday Daybreak at the link below.

Preemptive Measures to Protect Yourself and Others

Please visit the link below for additional pre-emptive measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 provided to us by Baptist Health.…/baptist-health-encourages…/

Flattening the Curve

Our friends at Baptist Health have shared links and information that we will be sharing today. The first link speaks about flattening the curve. Preventing the spread and exposure from person to person contact allows our medical professionals and facilities to adequately serve those that need immediate care.…/

Police Chief Jason Jackson's Open Letter to the Community

Please click the link below to see the statement provided by Police Chief Jason Jackson.

Chief of Police COVID-19 Statement


The current emergency regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is an ever-changing, fluid situation. In our best efforts to protect the citizens and our employees we working with the appropriate healthcare officials to ensure we have the most current information. We encourage you to follow the guidelines determined by the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC. The City remains in constant contact with State and Federal Authorities and this update may change as information is received.

Arkansas Department of Health/CDC

Arkansas Department of Health has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847. After normal business hours, urgent calls needing immediate response, please call 501-661-2136.

For more information about COVID-19, Visit the ADH website.

For additional information refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1.800.232.4336 or

City of Arkadelphia COVID-19 Updates and Information

State and federal health officials have repeatedly advised that social distancing is an important step to take towards preventing the spread of this highly contagious virus. To protect public safety, the City of Arkadelphia is implementing measures aimed at minimizing exposure.

Modified Operations/Closings

The Arkadelphia Recreation Center will be closed until further notice.
Town Hall, Fire Station One and the Police Station will remain open for public business. However, to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, visitors to city facilities will be restricted to designated areas of entry. The designated area for Town Hall will be the South Entrance, (Water Department). The North end facing Clay St. will remain locked.
Additionally, following CDC guidelines and the President’s request, please don’t congregate in crowds of 10 or more in public parks.


Best Practices

Take the following measures to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • thoroughly wash your hands
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow (not into your hands)
  • avoid touching your face
  • practice social distancing, to prevent further spreading of the virus
  • stay home when you are sick