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COVID-19: Latest local updates from Baxter Health

Baxter Health and other healthcare providers and state agencies are working together to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Arkansas. In an effort to decrease possible exposure to patients, hospitals are limiting the numbers of visitors. Arkansans with questions or concerns about possible symptoms are asked to refrain from going directly to the hospital and instead utilize other screening resources available across the state like those below.

Several Coronavirus Hotlines have been set up for people who have questions or feel they may have symptoms:

UAMS HealthNow is available for all Arkansans to undergo free COVID-19 screenings at This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to patients of all ages and is accessible from any smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer with video capabilities. The screening is not a test to determine if a patient has COVID-19 but may result in a recommendation for testing.

Call the Baxter Regional COVID-19 Resource Line at (870) 508-7001 to schedule a COVID-19 test, vaccine or booster or reach the COVID-19 Hotline.

Important Information From Baxter Regional

  • As of March 2, due to a steady decline in local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we will no longer be providing weekly COVID-19 updates or stats unless the need arises.
  • Baxter Regional is offering monoclonal antibody infusion therapy, but a provider's order is required. Please contact your Primary Care Provider for more information regarding scheduling an infusion.
  • By calling Baxter Regional COVID-19 Resource Line at (870) 508-7001, anyone can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, vaccine or booster or reach the COVID-19 Hotline. This resource line is an easy way to access all our COVID-19 services, using just one phone number.
  • Click here for all local COVID-19 Vaccine locations.
  • Baxter Regional is hosting scheduled drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, under the awning of the Baxter Regional East Entrance. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this testing. Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 test may call (870) 508-7001 to schedule an appointment. Results from the scheduled drive-thru testing are usually available within 24 hours on the Hospital Patient Portal. Patients will also receive a phone call regarding their COVID-19 test results.
  • Free COVID-19 testing and vaccines are provided by the Arkansas Department of Health at all Local Health Units. For the full list of locations and contact information, visit
  • Download COVID-19 Testing Fact Sheets.
  • Those who are interested in COVID-19 Antibody testing (ventipuncture/blood test) may self-refer (walk-in only) to Admissions, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the test is $145, and payment is required upfront. Enter the the facility through the Main Entrance; masks are required and anyone entering the facility is screened.

Visitor Guidelines

  • Hospital access points are restricted to the following entrances:
    • Cline Emergency Center Entrance - open 24/7
    • Main and East Entrances - open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Medical Arts Building Front Entrance and Back Upper Entrance (from parking deck) - open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Cafeteria and Medical Arts Building Back Lower Entrance remain badge access only
  • If you currently have a positive COVID-19 test, COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and:
    • A visitor: please do not enter the hospital.
    • A patient: please wear a mask at all times and immediate notify the department you are a patient of upon arrival.
    • Healthcare personnel: contact Employee Health or department leader immediately.
  • As of October 4, 2022, masks are no longer required for patients and visitors unless the criteria above applies.
  • Masks are required for employees and volunteers involved in direct patient care activities. As long as transmission and community levels are low or moderate, masks are not required outside of patient care activities, but if community levels are high, masks will be required hospital-wide. Community levels are checked weekly on Fridays and reported by CDC. Click here for community level information.
  • Patients are allowed two visitors at a time, with the exception of the Women and Newborn Center. The Women and Newborn Center allows three visitors at a time. There is no age restriction on visitors.
  • Visitors of known or suspected COVID-19 patients will be screened and provided PPE before entering a COVID-19 patient's room. Visitation of COVID-19 patients is limited and scheduled at their nurse's discretion.

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Baxter Regional Press Releases: COVID-19

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