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COVID-19 Guidance for Healthcare Providers

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for health care professionals.

Health care professionals have an increased risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Care providers can minimize risk of exposure when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) guidance, which may be found here.

To view the Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 issued by the Arkansas Department of Health, click here.

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For Health Care Providers Only

For Healthcare Providers who want to speak with an Arkansas Department of Health physician about testing at ADH or who have other COVID-19 questions, call1-844-930-3023.


Evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUIs)

Depending on travel history, or exposure to people with confirmed COVID-19 some individuals may be placed under home quarantine by the ADH.

Health care professionals with patients experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should use COVID-19 testing that is now available through commercial laboratories, such as LabCorp or Quest.

Please only call the ADH Outbreak Response section at 1-800-803-7847 if you have any questions or want to consult with ADH regarding testing for high risk patients, such as close contacts confirmed positive patients.  

Recommendations for Reporting, Testing, and Specimen Collection

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For more information on reporting click here.

To watch COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions, click on the image below.
 




Caring for Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Patients

How COVID-19 Spreads

Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 spreads mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.

How to Protect Yourself

Adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC):

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CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for health care professionals. CDC provides information on:

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 in the U.S. This following location list is found here.


FDA Guidance

FDA has a hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. Labs can reach out at CDRH-EUA-Templates@fda.hhs.gov with any questions related to diagnostic development.

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Additional COVID-19 Resources

 

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