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story.lead_photo.caption Ashley Breeden, medical assistant, inserts a long swab Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, into the nasal cavity of Kennedy Fitzgerald as she is tested for covid-19 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education parking lot in Springdale. The center is offering free testing from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. located at 2422 N. Thompson Street. Check out nwaonline.com/201204Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Gottschalk)

FAYETTEVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas hospitals continue to stress taking precautions to prevent spreading covid-19.

Hospitals in Benton and Washington counties had a combined total of 95 patients in their covid-19 units as of Thursday, according to a joint statement from the region's largest health care systems by Martine Pollard, spokeswoman at Mercy Health System. The hospitals had 102 covid-19 patients about a week ago on Nov. 27.

The highest number of hospitalized covid-19 patients in the region was 113 patients July 7.

"Caring for inpatient covid patients, ICU high acuity patients, along with other diverse medical needs, gives us grave concern," according to the statement.

"Your NWA health systems continue to work together monitoring community spread, testing supplies, staffing, equipment and modification of covid units, while knowing our surrounding regions and states are experiencing similar increases in community spread and hospitalizations, limiting resource reserves. We continue to hold steady. But if this continues, we will overstress our healthcare workforce that cares for all of us."

The number of cumulative covid-19 cases in Benton and Washington counties increased about 1,760 within the past week, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Cases had increased about 1,950 the week before.

Washington County had 16,112 cumulative cases as of Friday, compared with 15,282 on Nov. 27. Active cases decreased from 1,369 to 1,329. Active cases as of Friday included 931 confirmed cases and 398 probable cases.

Benton County had 12,760 cumulative cases as of Friday, compared with 11,831 on Nov. 27. Active cases increased from 1,043 to 1,242. Active cases as of Friday included 819 confirmed cases and 423 probable cases.

Both antigen tests and polymerase chain reaction, or PCR tests, are used to test for covid-19. Antigen tests produce faster results, are generally only used on people with symptoms of the virus and have a higher chance of giving false-negative results. Both antigen and most PCR tests are done via nasal swabs. The latter requires a long swab far up the nose, while antigen tests require swabbing the front of the inside of the nose.

A total of 117,980 PCR tests and 7,757 antigen tests have been done among Benton County residents, while 132,263 PCR tests and 16,856 antigen tests have been done among Washington County residents, according to the Health Department.

The state Health Department began doing PCR tests May 18 at county health units and now also offers antigen tests at all of its local county health units. The department has health units in Fayetteville, Rogers and Siloam Springs.

The Washington County health units collected 17,726 specimens, and the Benton County health units collected 6,587 as of Thursday, according to the department. The data includes both PCR and antigen tests.

Washington Regional Health System collected 29,278 specimens to be tested from people from March 16 through Thursday, according to Natalie Hardin, spokeswoman. The data includes PCR and antigen tests performed at its covid-19 screening clinics and primary care clinics. It doesn't include specimens collected at Washington Regional's urgent care clinics throughout the region.

Community Clinic, which offers covid-19 testing at its clinics throughout the region, collected specimens for 22,145 PCR tests and 2,397 antigen tests as of Thursday, according to Abbie Luzius, community development manager.

Rogers Public Schools had 499 cumulative cases. The district had 550 people in quarantine as of Friday, according to the district's website. The data includes students, staff and faculty.

The Springdale district had 790 cumulative cases, according to the district's website. Springdale had 301 students in quarantine and 71 faculty or staff members in quarantine in addition to those who tested positive.

Bentonville's School District had 358 cumulative covid-19 cases, according to the district's website. The district had 575 students and 55 faculty or staff members quarantined and unable to attend school.

The Fayetteville district had 212 staff and faculty members test positive for the virus as of Thursday. Thirty-seven staff and/or faculty and 146 students were in quarantine as of Friday, according to the district's website.

Bridgett Vang, contact tracer, collects information Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from Giovanni Martinez before he is tested for covid-19 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education parking lot in Springdale. The center is offering free testing from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. located at 2422 N. Thompson Street. Check out nwaonline.com/201204Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Gottschalk)
Bridgett Vang, contact tracer, collects information Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, from Giovanni Martinez before he is tested for covid-19 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education parking lot in Springdale. The center is offering free testing from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. located at 2422 N. Thompson Street. Check out nwaonline.com/201204Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Gottschalk)
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Covid-19 testing

The following offer both antigen tests and polymerase chain reaction, or PCR tests for covid-19.

Washington County Health Unit: 3270 Wimberly Drive in Fayetteville. Patients should call (479) 521-8181 to make an appointment.

Benton County Health Unit: 1200 W. Walnut St., Suite 2200 in Rogers. Patients should call (479) 986-1300 to make an appointment.

Washington Regional Urgent Care: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 1301 S. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.

Washington Regional Urgent Care: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 808 U.S. 65 in Harrison.

Washington Regional Urgent Care: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 2301 W. Pleasant Grove Road, Suite 101 in Rogers.

Washington Regional Urgent Care: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 3300 W. Sunset Ave. in Springdale.

Washington Regional Urgent Care, 3 E. Appleby Road, Suite 101 in Fayetteville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Appointments are not required.

Washington Regional Internal Medicine Associates, 688 Millsap Road, Suite 100 in Fayetteville. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Appointments are required.

Washington Regional Shiloh Clinic, 513 N. Shiloh St. in Springdale. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments are required.

Washington Regional East Springdale Family Clinic, 1607 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Appointments are required.

Washington Regional Farmington Family Clinic, 199 E. Main St. in Farmington. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon. Friday. Appointments are required.

West Washington County Clinic inside Lincoln Middle School, 201 E. School St. in Lincoln. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday. Appointments are required.

Washington Regional Crossroads Family Clinic, U.S. 62 North, Harrison. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday. Appointments are required.

Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic, 146 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are required for testing in the clinic. Drive-through antigen testing is available 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. An appointment is not necessary for drive-through testing.

Community Clinic Siloam Springs Medical: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 500 S. Mount Olive St., No. 200 in Siloam Springs.

Community Clinic Rogers Medical: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1233 W. Poplar St. in Rogers.

Community Clinic Springdale Medical and Pediatrics: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 300 in Springdale.

Community Clinic Fayetteville Medical: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3162 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Suites 13 and 14.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas Family Medicine South: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2523 E. Huntsville Road in Fayetteville.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas Family Medicine: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1109 S. West End St. in Springdale. Patients must call (479) 750-3630 to make an appointment.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas Family Medicine Pinnacle Hills: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3730 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 2 in Rogers. Patients must make an appointment by calling (479) 464-5599.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas Urgent Care Wedington: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, 1188 N. Salem Road, Suite 6 in Fayetteville.

Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3380 N. Futrall Drive in Fayetteville. Patients should call (479) 442-7322 to schedule a telemedicine screening appointment.

MedExpress Urgent Care: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 1160 S. 40th St. in Springdale. Patients must call (479) 750-2971 to make an appointment.

Northwest Medical Center: 601 S.W. Regional Airport Blvd. in Bentonville. Patients may call (479) 306-7507.

Northwest Medical Center: 2158 Butterfield Coach Road, Suite 100 in Springdale. Patients may call (479) 306-7507.

Mercy Coronavirus Evaluation Site: Mercy Convenient Care, 3101 S.E. 14th St. in Bentonville. Patients must call (479) 717-7585 beforehand to make an appointment to be screened.

Mercy Clinic Convenient Care: 3101 Southeast 14th St. in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 2900 Southeast Moberly Lane in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 1 Mercy Way in Bella Vista.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 4600 Mercy Lane, Suite 140 in Springdale.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 1000 Southeast 13th Court in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 1401 N. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 1225 E. Centerton Blvd. in Centerton.

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine: 613 N. Second St. in Rogers.

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 200 Carr St. in Pea Ridge.

Mercy Clinic Pediatrics: 3101 Southeast 14th St. in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Pediatrics: 4100 Southwest I St., Suite 100, in Bentonville.

Mercy Clinic Pediatrics/Mercy Clinic Family Medicine: 325 S. Sixth Place in Lowell.

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine – 52nd Street

Mercy Clinic Primary Care: 4100 Southwest I St., Suite 200, in Bentonville

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine and Obstetrics: 2708 S. Rife Medical Lane, Suite 130, in Rogers.

Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, 2012 S. Promenade Blvd. in Rogers. Patients may walk in or make an appointment.

Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, 4962 Elm Springs Road, Suite 5 in Springdale. Patients may walk in or make an appointment.

Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, 3391 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. Patients may walk in or make an appointment.

The following offer polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests for covid-19. These clinics may not offer antigen tests.

Walmart/Quest testing site: 7-9 a.m. Thursday and Friday at Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1400 N. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville. Patients must schedule an appointment through Quest Diagnostic’s online portal, MyQuestCOVIDTest.com or MyQuest app.

Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday at Washington Regional Urgent Care, 3 E. Appleby Road in Fayetteville.

Washington Regional Coronavirus Screening Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3318 N. North Hills Blvd. in Fayetteville.

Screening

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas online screening: mana.md/covid-19-screening/.

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas fever hotline: (479) 435-2500.

Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care may call (800) 691-8387.

UAMS digital screening: www.uamshealth.com/healthnow.

UAMS hotline: (800) 632-4502.

Washington Regional hotline: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, (479) 463-2055.

Alex Golden may be reached by email at agolden@nwadg.com.

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