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We are taking additional steps to protect children and their families from potential exposure. We are requiring that all patients and their accompanying parent 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 a remove a mask without help, they should not wear a mask.
With safety as a core value, Arkansas Children’s is implementing procedures and protocols across the health system. Team members, patients and visitors entering Arkansas Children's facilities will be temperature screened upon entry to our facilities. As visitors, patients and families arrive on campus they should expect to be asked ALL of the following screening questions:
If you are cleared to enter, you will be asked to wear a mask.
Helpful information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
As a parent or caregiver, you might be concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and how it could impact your family.
Arkansas Children’s is staying up-to-date with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and is working closely with our Arkansas Children’s Infection Prevention team to keep patients and families safe and healthy during this uncertain time.
The number of cases continues to increase around the world, including more diagnoses in the United States.
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 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.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Several known coronaviruses infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. Some develop with more serious symptoms, like the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreaks in years past.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
How can I protect myself and my family?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Here are some everyday ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
How many cases of COVID-19 are in the U.S.?
The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. Some diseases are more contagious than others. An example of a very highly contagious disease is measles, while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people.
What are severe complications from this virus?
Many adult patients have pneumonia in both lungs.
Is there a vaccine or specific treatment?
How is Arkansas Children’s preparing for the coronavirus?
Our Infection Prevention team is staying in close contact with the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health to stay updated about the coronavirus and how it could potentially impact our patients and families, volunteers and team members within the system. Additionally, we are screening patients at check-in to identify any at-risk individuals.
For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.