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COVID-19 Information

Drive-Thru Testing

Unity Health has been an active COVID-19 testing facility since March 2020.


The COVID-19 drive-thru testing is located at 3004 Hawkins Drive, Searcy (Carder building) adjacent to the Emergency Room entrance.

The drive-thru is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to those with a physician order.* If you need a Primary Care Physician, call 501.278.8350.

*If you are being tested in preparation for an operation, your testing time will be communicated with you and could differ from the times listed here.


The COVID-19 drive-thru testing is located at 1205 McLain Street, Newport (Emergency Room/Registration entrance).

The drive-thru is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to those with a physician order. If you need a Primary Care Physician, call 870.523.0190.

It is preferred that pre-op patients scheduled for testing arrive between 7:30 to 9 a.m. The test needs to be resulted in 72-hours or less prior to surgery.


Unity Health offers telemedicine services for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if symptoms worsen. A healthcare provider is available to discuss symptoms and the next steps.

Use the Telemedicine* link below for step-by-step instructions or click on the Telemedicine tab to the right to schedule a session.

*Telemedicine Instructions

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and well-being of our patients and community is a top priority and Unity Health is working diligently to take all necessary precautions to continue to keep our patients, visitors and associates safe. With confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the state of Arkansas, Unity Health continues to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health.

Our goal, especially during this season, is to prioritize the health and safety of all our patients, visitors, and associates. All Unity Health hospital and clinic locations are implementing the policies and procedures listed below for visitors and caregivers until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to help keep our community safe during this time.

What is COVID-19?

According to the CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Know the symptoms

People are at risk if they experience fever and/or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain/pressure) OR have been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient. According to the CDC, those with a higher risk are older adults, people with serious chronic medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Self-quarantine if possible
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Have You Recovered from COVID-19?

Recovered COVID-19 patients may be chosen to participate in a clinical trial that could lead to treatments for patients battling COVID-19 through the donation of Convalescent Plasma. Please click here to register yourself as a potential plasma donor.

What is Convalescent Plasma?

According to the FDA, Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in the blood against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the infection. Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for this disease and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19. Learn more here:

Patients, be advised

If you have recently developed a cough and/or a fever but are already scheduled for an appointment or procedure, for any reason (clinic or hospital), please call first and be advised on the best method for your treatment. Call 501.268.6121 to be transferred to any Unity Health location.

Visitor & caregiver guidelines

Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, one visitor per patient is allowed during the visiting hours of 3 – 6 p.m., seven days a week. All visitors should bring a mask.

* CLICK HERE: Detailed Visitor Education

Please note the visitor exceptions below.

New Life Center and Pediatrics

In the New Life Center, there is one (1) visitor allowed for the duration of the patient’s stay.

The visitor cannot switch out with another visitor, and no visitors under 15 are allowed.

For pediatric patients (under 18), one (1) parent or guardian is permitted to stay.

We encourage the patient’s visitor to bring anything needed from outside the hospital with them.

Emergency Department

One (1) visitor is allowed per patient, 24/7.

Unity Health Clinics

Visitors are at the discretion of the patient’s healthcare provider. One (1) caregiver is allowed to support minors or patients with impairment or mobility needs.

Advanced Care Hospital (LTACH), Inpatient Rehabilitation & Behavioral Health

The visitation policy for patients who are critically ill, near the end of life, in hospice, or in our inpatient rehabilitation facility is made on a case by case basis by healthcare providers.

Confirmation of Visitor entry:

At each visitor access point of the hospital, visitors will be asked to sign-in and designate who they are visiting. They will be required to answer the following questions and have their temperature taken:

  1. Do you have a fever? Greater than 100.4 will not be allowed to visit.
  2. Have you traveled out of the state within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you attended any large public gatherings within the last 14 days?
  4. Do you have respiratory or flu-like symptoms?
  5. Have you had close contact with someone who has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID-19?
  6. Have you been tested for COVID-19?

Visitors must meet the above screening criteria each time they enter the facility.

Visitors more than 65 years of age with pre-existing medical conditions are discouraged from visiting a patient. Visitors under the age of 15 re not permitted. Visitors should bring their own face mask and must follow all the necessary precautions:

    • Provide and wear a face mask
    • Follow social distancing guidelines of at least 6-feet distance from others
    • Practice good hand hygiene
    • Follow directions of the hospital staff

Limited Entrances

    • PATIENTS & VISITORS - Tower 1 (Main/Admissions entrance) 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (CLOSED WEEKENDS)
      • Weekend visitors enter through the main ER entrance
    • PATIENTS - ER entrance - 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
    • STAFF - Tower 3 (2 North), the entrance near dietary/facing FPA, or atop stairs facing Carder parking
  • Specialty Care campus (Searcy)
    • PATIENTS, VISITORS & STAFF (with the exception of behavioral health patients) - Front main lobby entrance
  • Harris Medical Center campus (Newport)
    • PATIENTS, VISITORS & STAFF - ER entrance - 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
  • The After Hours Clinic is temporarily closed to reallocate the staff and resources to our COVID-19 efforts

COVID-19 Resources

Visitor Education

Donate Convalescent Plasma

Behavioral Health Services

Call for Free Emotional Support

Donate to the COVID-19 Support Fund

COVID-19 Telemedicine

AR Department of Health

CDC Guidelines

What to Do When Sick

What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know (SPANISH)