COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our patients, families and team is our #1 priority. In order to keep our patients, families and team safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have updated our visitor guidelines.

  • Outpatient: one caregiver per patient is allowed.
  • Inpatient/Surgery/Emergency Room: two caregivers per patient are allowed, including overnight as space allows.
  • No children under the age of 18 other than the patient are allowed.
  • Although the statewide mask mandate is no longer in effect, all visitors to any Arkansas Children’s facility are required to wear masks.
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Masking

We are taking additional steps to protect children and their families from potential exposure. We are requiring that all patients and their accompanying parents or guardian wear masks in our facilities. If you have cloth masks, please bring and wear them while you are here. If you do not have a mask, we will provide a new, unused mask at the door. If your child is under 2 years old, or cannot put on or remove a mask without help, they should not wear a mask.

Although the statewide mask mandate is no longer in effect, all visitors to any Arkansas Children’s facility are required to wear masks.

COVID-19 Testing Information at Arkansas Children's

We offer COVID-19 testing for children and Arkansas Children’s team members only. Your child must have an order from their primary care provider, so please contact them before arriving. Your primary care provider will be notified of the test results within 36-48 hours of testing. Your results will also be available in your MyChart account.

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines at Arkansas Children's

  • Please note: Arkansas Children's is following the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for testing for COVID-19. We are ONLY testing those children who meet the qualifying criteria. 
  • Most fever, cough, and cold symptoms can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Motrin and oral hydration fluids like Pedialyte. However, we encourage you to bring your child to the Emergency Department if:
    • They are having difficulty breathing
    • They are dehydrated (crying without tears, infrequent urination)
    • They are overly drowsy or hard to wake
  • Fever (a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) in babies less than 3 months old should prompt you to call your primary care physician or bring your child to the Emergency Department.
  • UAMS HealthNow is also offering a free online tool available 24 hours a day at UAMSHealth.com/healthnow. UAMS HealthNow is intended for adults (at least 18 years old). 

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