Mercy, Baptist Health Test More Than 1,450 for COVID-19

May 5, 2020
FS test site The joint test collection site staffed by Mercy Fort Smith and Baptist Health-Fort Smith has collected more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests for River Valley residents.

The COVID-19 test collection site, a collaborative effort between Sebastian County, Mercy Fort Smith and Baptist Health-Fort Smith, has collected more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests from River Valley residents since opening on March 19.

As Gov. Asa Hutchinson eases restrictions on elective surgeries in Arkansas, the test collection site will also provide required COVID-19 tests for patients ahead of planned procedures at both hospitals. Surgery patients will be called for an appointment to test after their surgery is scheduled. 

Appointments will be scheduled from 7-10 a.m. If patients have any questions, they should contact their surgeon’s office.

The River Valley Health Support Hotline is still available for River Valley residents who have questions about COVID-19 or need to be screened. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call is (479) 289-6508. Callers will be screened by a health care professional by answering a questionnaire; those who need to be sent for testing will be given an appointment after 10 a.m.

Residents are encouraged to use the hotline if they have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 or are experiencing any the following symptoms:

  • Fever, chills or rigors
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell

The River Valley Health Support Hotline staff has answered more than 5,800 calls since opening on March 19 and screened more than 3,723 patients for COVID-19 symptoms.

Call The River Valley Health Support Hotline staff has answered more than 5,800 calls since opening on March 19 and screened more than 3,723 patients for COVID-19 symptoms.

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