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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is offering free COVID-19 screenings for Arkansans concerned about potential symptoms and unsure about next steps.

UAMS has started a 24-hour online COVID-19 screening service through its online healthcare portal UAMS HealthNow, according to a March 10 press release. The service is available to any adults in Arkansas who think they might have contracted the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The screening process consists of questions regarding symptoms, age, recent travel and overall health, followed by a recommendation of next steps, if any, for the patient to take.

UAMS Health also offers phone screening to anyone in Arkansas through its COVID-19 hotline, and drive-through screening to anyone who can access its screening location in Little Rock.

UAMS physicians urge people with COVID-19-like symptoms and those who have been exposed to the virus to not go to a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic, emergency room or hospital without first contacting the facility, according to the press release.

Sarah Komar is a staff reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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