Updated 03/27/2020 at 3:40pm

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE:

COVID-19

DRIVE-THROUGH SCREENING CLINIC

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Clark County & Arkadelphia City Officials in Coordination with Area Healthcare Providers and Natural State Labs

·         Wednesday, April 1st from 10 am to 4 pm.

·         Cliff Harris (football) Stadium parking lot on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University

·         Enter from 8th street; exit onto 10th street

·         Screening does not guarantee testing

·         Testing will only be performed if patients are symptomatic

o  Testing prior to the appearance of symptoms may give a false positive result

·         Bring Photo ID and any available health insurance information you have

·         Testing priority will be given to high-risk patients (see below)

Testing Priority will be given to these patients:

·           Age 60 years or older

·           Patients with these conditions:

o   Diabetes mellitus

o   Cardiovascular disease

o   Chronic lung disease

o   Pregnant

·           Immunocompromised patients (cancer, organ transplant, Human Immunodeficiency Virus—HIV, rheumatologic disease, chronic steroids)

·           Health care workers

·           Institutionalized patients (nursing home, dormitory, shelter, prison)

·           Dialysis patients

 

The most important things you can do to protect yourself and others from any illness also apply to COVID-19:

·           Practice good hand hygiene at all times.  Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least sixty percent (60%) alcohol content.

·           Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·           Practice the “6-foot rule” as a means of social distancing; If you must be in a public space, keep at least six (6) feet away from others to lessen your risk of exposure.

·           Be considerate if you become sick.  Stay home if you are feeling ill.  Cover your cough and sneeze using the crook of your arm (inside elbow).

·           Get appropriate rest, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.

·           Consider alternatives to handshaking.

Any questions regarding this clinic may be directed to:

Clark County Judge’s Office

870-246-5847

401 Clay St.

Arkadelphia, AR  71923

Arkadelphia Town Hall

 

870-246-9864

700 Clay St.

Arkadelphia, AR  71923

 

 


Updated 03/23/2020 at 1:37pm

Due to the Impending Public Health Threat of COVID-19, Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Clark County Offices will restrict public access until further notice.  Elected Officials and employees will staff their individual offices.  These offices will be available by phone, email, or by appointment only.  The Sheriff's Office will operate as normal.

 

 Individuals will be subject to screening upon entrance to a County Building.  Please utilize all online and telephone services available.  Contact numbers will be posted on the doors of County Buildings and on the COVID-19 tab of clarkcountyarkansas.com

 

If you have any questions, please contact the County Judge's Office at:

870-246-5847


Updated 03/20/2020 at 2:01pm

Joint Communication from County of Clark and City of Arkadelphia

Arkadelphia City and Clark County officials are unified with the local healthcare professional community to proactively manage the COVID-19 pandemic.  City and County officials as well as the hospitals and ambulance services are all aligned on our protocols and procedures.

Part of the protocol is to protect the first responders so that they will be able to continue to provide their much needed services to the community. We currently have sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospital workers and first responders and more is forthcoming. If you see officers or emergency workers in gloves, masks, and/or other forms of personal protection, please do not be alarmed.

To dispel any misunderstandings, this pandemic does affect people of all ages.  20% of hospitalized cases in the United States are individuals between the ages of 20-44*.

Per directives from Governor Hutchinson on March 19th, indoor dining at restaurants is to cease.  Restaurant drive-thru and take out services are permissible.  We recognize this as a way to support our local businesses.

Additional directives from the Governor include: bars, taverns, and lounges are to close; gyms and fitness facilities are to close; public schools are to remain closed to onsite instruction through April 17th.  The Governor also suggested that gatherings are limited to ten (10) or fewer people and to continue the practice of social distancing.

The Disaster Emergency Proclamation for Clark County has been declared by Judge Troy Tucker today, March 20, 2020.  In part, this proclamation declares that, “Immediate attention is required to protect public health, reduce further damage, ensure public safety, and render emergency relief.”

Please follow clarkcountyarkansas.com for any updates.  Thank you for being cooperative with our efforts during this time where Clark County can be strengthened and unified.

 

* Severe Outcomes Among Patient with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10)-United States, February 21-March 16, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 18 March 2020.


Updated 03/19/2020 at 5:00pm

Joint Communication from County of Clark and City of Arkadelphia

The news of a positive result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus has been anticipated by Clark County and Arkadelphia City leadership over the course of the past weeks.  The spirit of cooperation between all entities has led to significant strategic planning to ensure the public safety and welfare during this unique time.  Clark County and Arkadelphia City Officials will make a full statement tomorrow as how best to address the new directives from the Governor’s Office that were released today.  Please follow clarkcountyarkansas.com and the COVID-19 tab for further updates.

Updated 03/18/2020 at 4:52pm

This information is taken from Baptist Medical Center, Arkadelphia:

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the Clark County area, the safest thing is to remain calm and to stay home unless you have developed symptoms. As a reminder, the symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea and body aches.

For Clark County area residents, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms, Baptist Health-Arkadelphia has established a drive-thru screening process located in the parking lot of the Baptist Health Family Clinic-Caddo Valley, located at 10 Montgomery Drive in Arkadelphia. The drive-thru clinic is open today, Wednesday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue daily Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

For those individuals in the Clark County area who have symptoms and need to be screened, call ahead to (870) 245-2198 to schedule an appointment time for the drive-thru clinic. Please do not come to the drive-thru testing center without an appointment time.

Again, this is for people who think they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in Clark County area and have symptoms. Please be aware that the test for COVID-19 is not accurate if you do not currently have symptoms.

If you are having a medical emergency, like trouble breathing or a fever that is not responding to medication, then it is appropriate to call 911 or come to the emergency room. Call ahead and tell the medical staff that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 before showing up.


TO ALL CLARK COUNTY CITIZENS:

On March 13, 2020, Clark County Officials participated in a teleconference with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Arkansas Department of Health concerning the COVID-19 virus.

Limiting the risk of exposure to COVID-19 virus of our county residents and county employees is of paramount concern.  We would like to remind all county residents that the following services are offered online, by mail or can be accomplished by phone.  Participating in these alternative methods will help to limit exposure.

 We strongly encourage that you use these alternatives: 

 Resources:

Clark County Judge                          870-246-5847

Clark County Road Shop                 870-246-7602

Clark County Clerk                           870-246-4491

Circuit Clerk                                       870-246-4281

Circuit Judge                                     870-246-8218

Clark County Assessor                    870-246-4431

Clark County Treasurer                    870-246-4361

Clark County Collector                     870-246-2211

Clark County District Court              870-246-9552

Clark County Sheriff                         870-246-2222 or 870-246-8859

Jury Information Line                        870-568-0533

The cooperation of all county citizens will ensure that we are all doing our part to limit exposure.  In order to accomplish this goal, we recommend that Clark County Citizens exercise precautions including: limiting exposure to other persons and maintaining good hand hygiene.

Officials will provide updates as they become available.  

For any additional information, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov Arkansas Department of Health: www.healthy.arkansas.gov