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COVID-19 Information 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.

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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.

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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