JPs pass ordinance to address employee leave during public health emergencies
POCAHONTAS – At the March 12 Randolph County Quorum Court meeting, justices passed an emergency ordinance addressing leave policies in times of a public health emergency declared by the Governor.
With the recent COVID-19 threats, justices and county officials discussed county employee policies and the proper measures to take during such a public emergency. Whereas Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared a public-health emergency due to the virus entering the state, quarantine is one of the recommended management tools by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The quarantine period recommended by the CDC is 14 days from the date of exposure.
The ordinance stated, “It is in the best interest of the County, its employees, and the public, that persons who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 be able to remain in quarantine for the full fourteenday period. Whereas, the County is attempting to ensure employees are able to remain in quarantine for the full fourteenday period, or are able to remain in quarantine after having a confirmed case of COVID-19, without suffering undue hardship which may be created by limited availability of leave.”
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