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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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  • Dry cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

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 14 days have passed since your last day of possible exposure

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Stopping the Spread of COVID-19Images of people wearing masks, socialing distancing, washing hands, and following guidelines

  • 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.


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

Additional Resources

Covid-19 Cases by city (Find a City)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)

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Social Media:

Mayor's Facebook Page:

City of Pine Bluff Facebook Page:


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


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