July 23, 2020
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Arkansas Courts Receive Largest Supply of Protective Equipment To Date
240,000 face masks will be distributed to courthouses around the state
Courts around Arkansas will be receiving additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep Arkansans who use the court system safe, as well as the state’s judges and court staff.
The Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), which supports the state’s court system, has acquired its largest batch of PPE to date, including 240,000 face masks. This is the third round of protective equipment that the AOC has distributed to the state’s circuit and district courts.
The cost and availability of PPE have been significant barriers to normal court operations in many parts of the state.
The AOC will be distributing the following to each of Arkansas’s 75 counties:
- 1,000 blue disposable masks
- 200 reusable cloth masks
- 2,000 cardboard disposable one-time use masks
- 100 16oz bottles of hand sanitizer
- One large 1L bottle of hand sanitizer
“Courts provide essential services to the public and must be safe and accessible. Our task continues to be trying to achieve a balance between maintaining access to the courts and protecting public health,” said Dan Kemp, Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.