Information about the COVID-19 vaccines (2.19.2020)
Unity Health follows the Arkansas Department of Health's guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations. Unity Health has administered all supplies of COVID-19 first doses at this time.
**Those who received their first dose at Unity Health - White County Medical Center will also receive their second dose at Unity Health - WCMC, 17-21 days after the first dose (these vaccines have been reserved for this purpose).**
Currently, Arkansans who are 70 or older and those who work in education will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination from a local pharmacy or clinic when available. There are not enough doses in the state to vaccinate all eligible Arkansans. The Arkansas Department of Health will work to make additional vaccines available as quickly as possible.
Use the map linked here to reach out to your local pharmacy or provider to let them know you need the vaccine. FIND A VACCINE LOCATION HERE
Unity Health has been an active COVID-19 testing facility since March 2020.
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.
Two Unity Health family practice clinics in Searcy are offering special services to their sick patients who need to be tested for COVID-19 and/or the Flu. If you currently have a healthcare provider at one of these clinics and have symptoms requiring testing, please follow the guidelines for each clinic.
Searcy Medical Center Testing: 2900 Hawkins Dr. Searcy
Sick patients who have symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 can call the clinic at 501.278.8350 and be screened and tested at their vehicles. If you are having symptoms of illness, please call the clinic from your vehicle when possible.*
Family Practice Associates Testing: 3130 E. Race Ave. Suite 100 Searcy | 501.268.3232
Sick patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 can call and be tested in a drive-thru provided daily between 12-1p.m. Results are within 20 minutes. Patients with symptoms may also be seen and tested for the flu or COVID-19 in the dedicated testing and exam rooms within the clinic.*
*At each of these Searcy locations after test results are confirmed, patients will have the opportunity to speak with a healthcare provider.
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.
As of November 20, 2020, Unity Health - White County Medical Center at Searcy is now administering Bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy for outpatient treatment of COVID-19. Unity Health currently has treatment dosages available at White County Medical Center Searcy and Harris Medical Center Newport locations, and are ordering additional treatments.
Bamlanivimab may be used to treat lab-confirmed symptomatic patients at high risk of progression to severe disease or hospitalization. The treatment was made available under FDA issued emergency use authorization as an investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic. Unity Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roddy Lochala explains, “This is the first time in the pandemic that we can treat someone as an outpatient to lower their risk of a severe outcome substantially.”
Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who are at high-risk, should set a telemedicine visit with their Unity Health physician to discuss the risks and benefits of this treatment.
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: FDA.gov
Patients, be advised
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.
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.
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:
- Do you have a fever? Greater than 100.4 will not be allowed to visit.
- Have you traveled out of the state within the last 14 days?
- Have you attended any large public gatherings within the last 14 days?
- Do you have respiratory or flu-like symptoms?
- Have you had close contact with someone who has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID-19?
- 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
- PATIENTS - Tower 1 (Main/Admissions entrance) 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | In an emergency, use the ER entrance - 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
- VISITORS - Tower 1 (Main/Admissions entrance) 3 - 6 p.m. only / 7 days a week
- STAFF - (Four options) Tower 3 (2 North), the entrance near dietary/facing FPA, atop the stairs facing Carder parking, or Tower 1 (Main/Admissions entrance)
- 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