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COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR AT-HOME TESTING

COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR AT-HOME TESTING

The State of Arkansas has purchased 1.5 million iHealth at-home tests for distribution across the state. These tests will be available at no cost to all Arkansans.

Availability will be two tests (one kit) per individual per day or six tests (three kits) per family per day. There are two tests in each kit.

Tests will be available starting January 11, 2022, from the first shipment received by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Additional shipments will be arriving in the future.

The two locations in Polk County that will have the at-home testing kits are Mena Regional Hospital and the Polk County Library.

“We do not have them yet,” Mary Renick with the Polk County Library said Wednesday, January 12.

Once the library has the tests in-hand, Renick said, “It would be helpful if people call in advance to let us know they are coming so we’ll be prepared. When they arrive, come to the door and phone us (again) to tell us they are there to pick up a test kit. We will bring it out to them.”

MRHS does not have their at-home tests in-hand, either. The hospital prefers people who believe they might be infected to park in the area with orange cones marked with signage for COVID testing. Call the number located there from your vehicle and someone will come out and test you at your vehicle.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath or if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 call your health care provider. Testing is available by appointment at Local Health Units and can be scheduled by calling any location. The Polk County Health Unit location at 702 Hornbeck in Mena is open 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 8 a.m.–6 p.m. every Tuesday and can be reached at 479-394-2707.

Both the library and the hospital will update the Pulse with any new information.

Polk County Health Unit – MenaMena479-394-27078:00 AM – 4:30 PM, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM every Tuesday

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