COVID-19: Latest Local Updates From Drew Memorial Health System

Drew Memorial Health System and other health care providers and state agencies are working together to address the coronavirus pandemic in Arkansas. In an effort to decrease possible COVID-19 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:

  • Drew Memorial COVID-19 Hotline: (870) 460-4866
  • UAMS Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-632-4502
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital: 1-800-743-3616
    • 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, seven days a week.
  • Arkansas Department of Health: Call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov during normal business hours (8am – 4:30pm). Call 1-800-554-5738 after normal business hours for urgent calls needing immediate response.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

DREW MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM SCREENING TOOL

  • Have you had contact with anyone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19?
  • Have you had a fever (temperature at or above 100.0° F)?
  • Have you had a cough and shortness of breath?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, please call your primary care provider.

VISITOR GUIDELINES

  • To enter the facility, you will be asked a series of questions and have your temperature taken.
  • All who enter must wear a mask.
  • Each patient is allowed one visitor per day.  
  • No visitors are allowed in a patient’s room who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is in the process of being tested for COVID-19.
  • The main entrance door is open 8am-5pm.
  • The emergency department door is open 24/7.
  • The gift shop is closed until further notice.
  • All education classes and support groups are canceled until further notice.

HELPFUL LINKS

FAQs / CDC Fact Sheet: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

For the latest information from the CDC, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

For the latest information from the Arkansas Department of Health, visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.

Arkansas Department of Health: COVID-19 Update Map

Arkansas Department of Health: How to Home Quarantine

Arkansas Economic Development Commission: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

COVID-19 information from the state of Arkansas 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 30 Days to Slow the Spread​

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.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.