Washington Regional screening clinic and hotline experiencing high volumes

Map courtesy of Washington Regional

The Washington Regional coronavirus screening clinic in Fayetteville has evaluated nearly 200 patients since opening on Monday, and hotline staff have answered almost 1,200 calls, according to a news release.

People who are not seriously ill are encouraged to stay home and consult their primary care provider. Anyone who doesn’t have a primary care provide can use the UAMS digital screening tool at www.uamshealth.com/healthnow or call the Washington Regional coronavirus screening hotline at 479-463-2055 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to find out if further evaluation is needed.

Only a limited number of coronavirus testing kits are available in the local community at this time, therefore, only people who meet certain criteria will be tested.

Criteria for being tested

  1. Patients must have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that hasn’t previously been diagnosed as another illness
  2. They also must meet one of the following:

      – Are age 65 or older OR
      – Have a chronic health condition (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, immunodeficiency) OR
      – Have had contact with someone who had a positive coronavirus test OR
      – Are a healthcare worker

The screening clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3318 N. North Hills Blvd. in Fayetteville at North Hills Medical Park.