What You Need to Know About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is highly contagious and can be fatal. It is spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced by talking, coughing or sneezing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Studies suggest that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath as well as other symptoms, according to the CDC.

If you experience any symptoms, contact your health care provider or Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451.

Reduce your Risk and Protect Others

You can reduce your risk of contracting the highly contagious respiratory virus by taking the same measures as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if soap/water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a cloth face cover when in a community setting.
  • Social distance, stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people, especially with those with a higher risk of complications.
  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, phones, doorknobs, laptops, etc.

The CDC has a guide for individuals, families and communities on prevention and mitigation of the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

Follow the CDC’s travel health notices or the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories.

Vulnerable Populations

It is important for the campus community to understand that some people are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 complications. Based on the current data, vulnerable populations may include:

  • People 65 years of age or older
  • Those with serious underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, severe obesity or moderate to severe asthma
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Other circumstances that enhance risks associated with COVID-19 exposure or illness.

When to Stay Home

If you have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your health care provider either online or by phone to be screened for symptoms and receive any necessary next steps.

Students, faculty and staff can also schedule a TeleVisit at Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451 (option 1).

Additional considerations for self-isolation:

  • If you have had contact with others who have COVID-19 and are within the 14-day self-quarantine.
  • If you have self-identified underlying health conditions that enhance risk from COVID-19; these employees should be referred to Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance for potential accommodations.
  • If you are caring for, or living, with others with underlying health conditions that enhance risk from COVID-19; these employees should be referred to the Office of Human Resources for appropriate arrangement.
  • If you have recently completed COVID-19 testing with results pending or positive.

Resources, Forecasts, and Dashboards

Medical Resources and Testing in Northwest Arkansas

Pat Walker Health Center

On-campus testing for COVID-19 is available through Pat Walker Health Center (PWHC) for anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or those identified as a contact of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 testing is not available without an appointment. 
  • Students, faculty and staff can schedule a COVID-19 test by calling 479-575-4451 (option 1).
  • For tests conducted by Pat Walker Health Center, results take generally 36-48 hours to receive.

UAMS Northwest

  • COVID-19 UAMS Hotline: A corona virus hotline for people who have questions or feel they may have symptoms.
    • 1-800-632-4502
    • ONLINE SCREENING: UAMS HealthNow is available for free COVID-19 screenings. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to patients of all ages across the state of Arkansas and is accessible from a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer with video capabilities.
      • UAMSHealth.com/HealthNow

Arkansas Department of Health

  • Call Center: ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public.
    o 1-800-803-7847 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    o 501-661-2136 (after hours)

Arkansas Children’s Northwest

  • Arkansas Children’s: If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any health concerns call to speak with a pediatric nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    o 1-800-743-3616 (24hrs/7 days a week)

Community Clinic

  • Community Clinic: The following four clinic locations are screening. Patients can call for appointment times.
  • Fayetteville Medical: 3162 W. Martin Luther King Blvd; Suites 13/14, Fayetteville, AR 72704
    • Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Call 479-751-7417 to make an appointment
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Community Clinic Rogers Medical, 1233 W Poplar St., Rogers, AR 72756
  • Community Clinic Siloam Springs, 500 S Mt Olive, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
  • Community Clinic Springdale, 614 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, AR 72764
  • Elmdale Elementary School-Based Health Center, 420 N. West End St., Springdale, AR 72764

Mercy Northwest Arkansas

  • Mercy NWA COVID-19 Evaluation Site: An evaluation site exclusively for patients who have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath and either have traveled to a high-risk area or have had contact with a known patient. Anyone seeking a test must call Mercy’s Coronavirus Evaluation Site line. Those not pre-screened will be redirected to the call center.
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday,  8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • 479-717-7585

Northwest Health System

  • Northwest Medical Plaza - Bentonville COVID-19 Screening and Testing o 601 Southwest Regional Airport Blvd., Bentonville, AR 72713
    • 479-306-7507
  • Northwest Medical Plaza – Eastside COVID-19 Screening and Testing o 2158 Butterfield Coach Rd., Suite 100, Springdale, AR 72764
    • 479-306-7507

Washington Regional Medical Center

  • Washington Regional Coronavirus Hotline: An established hotline to determine if further evaluation or testing is warranted
    • 479-463-2055
    • Available seven days a week, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Clinic 3318 N. North Hills Boulevard, Fayetteville
    • Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Washington Regional Urgent Care Respiratory Illness Clinic: An urgent care facility dedicated to individuals with respiratory illness, but who do not meet the testing criteria at the Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Clinic. 3 E. Appleby Road, Fayetteville (located in the William L. Bradley Medical Plaza)
    • Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic: Drive-Thru Coronavirus Screening. As patients enter the parking lot, they will be screened for symptoms of the coronavirus. 146 Passion Play Road, Suite A, Eureka Springs
    • Available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.