- Dry cough
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What to do if Sick?
Isolate at home and contact your healthcare provider for specific guidance. In most cases, people who are mildly ill can recover at home. While at home, isolate yourself to a specific room and avoid others, including pets and animals. Wear a mask if you are around others. Avoid sharing household items with others such as dishes, utensils, cups, towels, or bedding. Wash items after use. If you must leave home for medical care, contact your healthcare provider and follow CDC advice when travelling to medical facility. Avoid public transportation or ride sharing, and wear a mask to reduce the risk of spreading germs and COVID-19 to others while in the facility.
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What to Do if Exposed to Someone with COVID-19?
Seek testing and isolate at home for a minimum of 14 days. Avoid others in the household and wear a mask if you must be around other house members.
When to Discontinue Isolation?
If you were sick with COVID-19, discontinue home isolation if:
- You have not experienced fever in the past 72 hours
- Other symptoms have improved
- Seven days have passed since you first experienced symptoms.
If living with someone who was sick with COVID-19, discontinue if:
- At least 10 days have passed since your last day of possible exposure
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Stopping the Spread of COVID-19
- Wear a mask while around others
- Social distance by staying six feet apart from others
- Refrain from touching your face
- Stay home when sick unless seeking medical attention
- Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water on a regular basis
- Keep frequently touched surfaces disinfected with cleaning spray or wipes
- Cover all coughs and sneezes with tissues, which should be discarded immediately.
- Avoid hugging, shaking hands, and physical contact with others
Individuals at Increased Risk
Although anyone can contract COVID-19, some groups are at a higher risk of becoming sick.
- Older Adults
- People with Medical Conditions
- Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
- Rural Communities
- People Experiencing Homelessness
- Pregnant Women and Women who are Breastfeeding
- People with Disabilities
- People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
Major Policy Actions and Restricted Reopenings by the Arkansas Department of Health and Governor
Major Policy Actions
- May 13: Telemedicine requirements relaxed and visitation prohibited at long-term care facilities
- May 16: Visitation ceased at correctional facilities
- May 17: Public schools statewide and casinos closed
- May 19: Bar and restaurant dine-in, entertainment venues, and gyms/fitness centers closed
- May 25: Barbers, body art and cosmetology establishments, and massage therapy spas cease in-person operations
- May 27: Gatherings of more than 10 people banned
- April 3: Elective surgeries and routine dental and eye care visits postponed
- April 4: Businesses required to implement social distancing protocols; commercial lodging and short-term rental occupancy limited
- July 20: Statewide mask mandate
Reopenings with Restrictions
- April 27: Elective surgeries
- May 4: Gyms/fitness centers and large outdoor venues
- May 6: Barbers, body art, cosmetology establishments, and massage therapy spas
- May 8: Commercial lodging and short-term rental occupancy (no restrictions)
- May 11: Restaurant dine-in
- May 18: Casinos, large indoor venues, and summer day camps
- May 21: Overnight summer residential camps
- May 22: Recreational pools
- May 26: Freestanding bars
- June 1: Some community-and-school sponsored team sports
Staying Safe During the Winter Holidays
Since the early stages of the pandemic, experts predicted that COVID-19 cases would drastically increase in the fall and winter. In the past few months, communities across the state and country have been experiencing record surges in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Therefore, it's critical the public follows the CDC winter guidelines to protect you and your loved ones.
Traveling During the Holidays
The public should refrain from travelling at this time. However, if you do travel, you should adhere to CDC travel guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wear a mask when in public, riding in public transportation, or interacting with non-household members (which can include extended family)
- Maintain social distance by remaining 6 feet apart from others.
- Wash your hands on a regular basis with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid interacting with anyone who is sick.
- Refrain from touching your mask and face (including your eyes, nose, and mouth).
For a full list of CDC travel guidelines, please visit the CDC website.
Guidelines for Places of Worship
For many residents, the holidays usually consist of religious traditions like gathering at places of worship for special celebrations. This year, if places of worship decide to gather, it is important that participants adhere to the ADH guidelines for places of worship.
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Call Centers and Hotline:
The Arkansas Department of Health call center:
○ 1-800-803- 7847 for urgent and non-urgent calls between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
○ 501-661-2136 or urgent calls outside of business hours.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
○ UAMS 24/7 hotline: 1-800-632-4502