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Judge Griffin: County obtains personal protective equipment for first responders; 4,000 masks on order

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin released a statement in response to the news of a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the White River Health System. (Click here for more information on that story.)

Griffin noted with the likelihood of additional cases coming, Glen Willis, the county’s Director of Emergency Management, picked up personal protective equipment from the state on Saturday to provide to first responders.

“While supplies are short, we believe we can get by,” the judge said in his statement. “We also ordered over 4,000 N95 masks from a private emergency services supplier for delivery as soon as possible.”

Griffin also said he appreciated the local partnership with White River Medical Center, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and all other emergency services in this health issue.

“We must remember to check on older neighbors, maintain a safe distance from others (six feet or more), wash hands frequently, and avoid gathering in crowds larger than ten,” the judge said.


The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features two new interviews with Sen. James Sturch and state Rep. Stu Smith. Download the free White River Now app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air, online, and through the White River Now app on Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ and on White River Now’s Facebook page.

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