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Numerous sites around Arkansas offer covid-19 screening and testing.

People who think they may have the disease should first call their health care provider, Arkansas health officials say.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. A health care provider will decide if a test is appropriate based on the symptoms and possible exposure to the coronavirus.


Natural State Laboratories in Little Rock, in collaboration with Sniffle Health, a telemedicine company, offers testing at various locations around the state. More information is available at


Arkansas Children's hospital offers phone screenings for children at (800) 743-3616. (

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Baptist Health has viral and antibody testing available at all of its urgent-care clinics, which are in Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Fort Smith, Jacksonville, Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The viral test, also called a polymerase chain reaction test, determines whether someone has the virus. Those tests involve a nasal swab and are limited to patients who have symptoms; have had contact with someone suspected of having the disease; or are at high risk of developing complications because of a chronic health condition such as diabetes or a respiratory illness.

The antibody test involves a blood sample and can indicate whether someone previously had the coronavirus.

According to its website (, Baptist Health's screening and testing locations also include:

• A triage station in the Medical Towers II parking deck at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Patients are billed for an emergency room visit.

• A tent near the Ouachita Valley Family Clinic in Camden.

• Drive-thru clinics at Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley in Arkadelphia, Baptist Health-Hot Spring County in Malvern and the Baptist Health Stuttgart Medical Clinic. People should call to schedule appointments: (501) 887-3279 for the Heber Springs location, (870) 245-2198 for Arkadelphia, (501) 413-9106 for Malvern and (870) 673-7211 for Stuttgart.

More information is available at Baptist Health's 24-hour hotline at (888) 227-8478.


CHI St. Vincent ( conducts screening and testing at CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic, CHI St. Vincent Convenient Care-Hot Springs and CHI St. Vincent Convenient Care-Hot Springs Village.


Arkansas' 11 community health centers offer screenings and testing at 61 locations around the state. Information on where to go is available from a hotline at (833) 508-0774 or at


Conway Regional Medical Center performs screenings. (


HealthCARE Express offers tests by appointment only at clinics in De Queen, Sherwood and Maumelle. Patients can make appointments by calling (877) 442-3669.


St. Bernards Health Care in Jonesboro offers drive-thru testing and screening near the Arkansas State University campus. Patients should call first for a free screening at (870) 336-5651 or (870) 336-5671.


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers has an "evaluation site." Patients must first call (479) 717-7585 to be screened. (

Northwest Health System has testing sites at Northwest Medical Plaza-Bentonville, 601 S.W. Regional Airport Blvd., and Northwest Medical Plaza-Eastside, 2158 Butterfield Coach Road, Suite 100, Springdale. (479) 306-7507.

Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic performs screenings. (

Washington Regional Medical Center has a screening clinic at 3318 N. Hills Blvd. in Fayetteville. The hospital's screening hotline is (479) 463-2055.


Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff performs screenings. (


These locations offer screening and testing:

• Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, (870) 863-2000.

• South Arkansas Medical Associates in El Dorado, (870) 862-2400.

• Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, (870) 898-5011.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers free online screenings on its website,, and over the phone at (800) 632-4502.

UAMS Medical Center has a drive-thru clinic on the ground floor of a parking garage at Shuffield and Jack Stephens drives in Little Rock.


Walmart and Quest Diagnostics have testing sites in the parking lot of the retailer's home office in Bentonville, at Fort Smith Park and at the Walmart on South Shackleford Road in Little Rock. Patients must first use the website,, to be screened and to schedule an appointment.

Information for this article was contributed by Jeannie Roberts and Rachel Herzog of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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