(June 2, 2020) During this difficult time, the Urgent Team Family of Urgent Care & Walk-in Centers continues to provide quality healthcare in a safe and clean environment. We remain open to provide you with exceptional care for your non-emergent illnesses and injuries. We frequently identify and treat patients with infectious or contagious diseases and our healthcare teams are highly skilled and up-to-date on the appropriate screening and treatment procedures.
Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We now offer two types of COVID-19 testing! See “Testing Options” below.
Your continued trust is important, and your safety and that of our team members is top priority. Our urgent care centers continue stringent practices to prevent the spread of illness – and we’ve implemented even more intense measures.
- We encourage social distancing in our lobby, and provide a facemask for you to wear during your visit if that makes you more comfortable.
- We reinforce meticulous cleaning and infection control practices. Our rigorous disinfecting procedures meets or exceeds recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). All patient care rooms, lobby chairs and surfaces, restrooms, doors, screens and counters, and other routinely touched surfaces are regularly sanitized.
- We encourage you to use Hold My Spot™ to schedule an approximate visit time. That way, you can rest in the comfort of your home or car and come into the center when you receive a text. We also offer Telemedicine virtual visits, allowing you on-demand access to care with one of our providers in the comfort of your home.
- Our front door has a notice that initially screens high-risk patients. If that patient meets any of the noted criteria, the notice instructs the patient to return to their car and call us so we can screen that patient appropriately. This ensures limited exposure to patients being seen for non-infectious matters.
Antibody – or Serology Testing
All of the Urgent Team Family of Walk-in and Urgent Care Centers now offer antibody testing for COVID-19. This test is performed using Roche Elecsys® SARS-CoV-2 antibody test. An antibody is a protein produced by your body in response to an infection like SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, and may help in fighting the infection. The antibody test DOES NOT measure active infection for COVID-19, but rather your body’s response to an infection. At this time, much is unknown about immunity to COVID-19. A positive antibody test does not guarantee immunity to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Patients should continue to follow CDC guidelines such as handwashing, social distancing and using a mask even if an antibody test is positive.
If you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a nasal swab can be performed to indicate whether you are positive for the virus. The PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test can detect the genetic information of the virus, the RNA. This is present if the virus is in someone who is actively infected. The PCR test detects the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be in the body before antibodies form or symptoms are present, the test can tell whether someone has the virus very early on.
For more information about COVID-19 testing, please visit this CDC website. Individuals who want either type of test, should call their local center. The PCR test will be taken inside the center or inside the patient’s car, depending on conditions. Those who want the antibody test should just walk in, no appointment needed. Any patient who comes to our center for either test, must be evaluated by a provider to determine if testing is necessary. At present, most insurance plans cover the cost of these tests and treatment. Please check with your insurance plan.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread:
- Do not have close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of used tissue in the trash.
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and sanitize frequently-touched objects and surfaces – daily.
- If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people.
- If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
We will keep this website updated as developments occur. For the latest information and updates about COVID-19, visit your local or state health department website or the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
Resources in our States
- Arkansas Department of Health: Guidance for Getting Tested and Testing & Screening Locations
- University of Arkansas for Medical Services (UAMS): Free Online Screening | UAMS Health Hotline: (800) 632-4502
- Washington Regional – Screening locations and guidelines are listed on this page | Free online Screening | Screening Hotline: (479) 463-2055
- Baptist Health 24/7 Hotline: 1 (888) BAPTIST or 1 (888) 227-8478
- Baptist Health Virtual Care: Click here
- Baptist Health Drive-Through Screening Locations: Click here
- Unity Health Information and Telemedicine