Mena Regional Health System Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mena Regional Health System continues to actively address the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus. We plead with our community to take proactive precautions to safeguard not only their own health but the health of their neighbors. Hand washing, social distancing and the frequent sanitation of surfaces are vital to minimize the spread of this virus. Please do not present to the Emergency Department if you believe you may have contracted the coronavirus or are currently experiencing shortness of breath, fever greater than 100˚, and/or cough. We have implemented a temporary screening location at Mena Medical Associates and The Walk-In Care Center, 1103 College Drive for those experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms. Current clinic hours are seven days a week from 8:00am - Midnight. This safety measure will ensure the protection of our patients who present to the Emergency Room with a serious medical emergency. Although significant infection control measures are in effect year-round, MRHS is conducting regular preparedness drills to ensure that we are ready to provide proper care, no matter what the circumstance. Our facility has implemented extensive preparations for the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, we are encouraging individuals to manage these viral symptoms at home and come to the Emergency Department ONLY if you are experiencing a serious medical emergency. During this time of uncertainty, we urge our community to be mindful of steps they can take to lessen their chance of illness by following recommendations from The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA). Use common-sense precautions, such as: staying home if you’re sick; avoid crowds of over 10 people, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; avoid touching your face; sanitize frequently touched surfaces; and wash hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Prevention measures such as these will help keep people healthy, protect higher-risk individuals from becoming exposed, and slow the rate of infection across the population. Thank you for your cooperation and mindful precautions as we face this challenge together, united as a community.

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