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COVID-19: Latest local updates from Baxter Regional Medical Center

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Baxter Regional Medical Center and other healthcare providers and state agencies are working together to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Arkansas. In an effort to decrease possible exposure to patients, hospitals are limiting the numbers of visitors. Arkansans with questions or concerns about possible symptoms are asked to refrain from going directly to the hospital and instead utilize other screening resources available across the state like those below.

Several Coronavirus Hotlines have been set up for people who have questions or feel they may have symptoms:

  • UAMS Health COVID-19 Hotline: (800) 632-4502
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital: (800) 743-3616
  • If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, call to speak with an ACH nurse. Nursing staff will be available for questions and phone screenings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Arkansas Department of Health: Call (800) 803-7847 or email during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Call (800) 554-5738 after normal business hours for urgent calls needing immediate response.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)

Baxter Regional COVID-19 Screening Tool

  • Have you had contact with anyone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19?
  • Are you experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever (100.0° F or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?

If you answered YES to either question above, call your Primary Care Provider.

UAMS HealthNow is available for all Arkansans to undergo free COVID-19 screenings at This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to patients of all ages and is accessible from any smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer with video capabilities. The screening is not a test to determine if a patient has COVID-19 but may result in a recommendation for testing by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Scheduled drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, under the awning of the Baxter Regional East Entrance. If you need a COVID-19 test, please call (870) 508-7047 to schedule an appointment.

Important Information From Baxter Regional

Weekly Updates

Visitor Guidelines

  • All access points into Baxter Regional Medical Center are restricted to the following entrances:
    - Medical Arts Building Entrance (Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    - Main Entrance (Open Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
    - Cline Emergency Center Entrance (Open 24/7 all days of the week)
  • All patients, visitors, employees and physicians will be temperature screened at the entrances mentioned above before they will be granted access into the facility.
  • Masks or face coverings are required to enter any Baxter Regional facility. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. This applies to the hospital as well as Baxter Regional clinics.
  • Masks with valves are not allowed. Bandanas and single-layer neck gaiters are strongly discouraged. Bandanas and gaiters may be doubled to provide two layers of protection.
  • Only one visitor aged 18 years and older per patient is allowed in the Cline Emergency Center.
  • All other patients are allowed two visitors aged 12 years and older.
  • Patients with a suspected or lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 are not allowed visitors.
  • In the interest of keeping patients safe and in preparation for COVID-19, all non-essential visitors and vendors are suspended from entering the facility until further notice.

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Coronaviruses are a common family of viruses (the common cold is among them). This particular strain is called COVID-19 and can be spread from person to person via respiratory droplets, similar to how the flu is spread. It can also be spread by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now spread to over 100 locations internationally. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, COVID-19 was officially declared a national emergency by the United States.

Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms typically appear within 2-14 days after exposure.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are common in people and different species of animals, including cattle, camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread from person to person. The current outbreak of respiratory disease is caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China.
  • Similar to the flu or other respiratory infections, COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person. A spread is most likely to happen between people in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Although not believed to be the primary way the virus spreads, it may be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes.
  • Certain populations are believed to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness, including older adults and people with underlying chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. If you are at high risk, limit travel and close contact with others, wash your hands frequently and talk to your doctor about what to do if you get sick.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

  • Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.
  • Please call your PCP for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
  • In an emergency, call 911. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Take steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth!
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Baxter Regional Press Releases: COVID-19

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