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An Open Message to Arkansas, from Arkansas Children’s and UAMS Healthcare Systems Working Closely to Address COVID-19
Over the last few weeks, we watched as health officials reported cases of COVID-19 around the world and in more than 30 other states across the U.S. There was never a question as to IF the coronavirus would come to Arkansas but rather WHEN it would come. State Health Department officials and Governor Asa Hutchinson answered that question Wednesday with the announcement of our state’s first presumed case in Pine Bluff. One of our resident physicians came in contact with that patient in Pine Bluff and is the second presumptive case.
This is not a time to panic. We are prepared.
Arkansas Children’s and UAMS have enjoyed an affiliation for more than 40 years. We share highly skilled physicians and other medical staff as well as a commitment to ensuring that Arkansans of all ages receive the very best possible care. That will never change and certainly not with COVID-19. Our health care teams deal with contagious and complex diseases every day. Our infectious disease and emergency preparedness teams have plans in place to address situations like a pandemic.
Together we are working closely with the Governor, municipal authorities, the Arkansas Department of Health and with other hospitals and health systems to maximize resources and provide the most effective care to patients affected by COVID-19.
We are all receiving questions from concerned citizens. Some of those concerned citizens have been showing up at our hospitals and clinics. We ask that people not do that.
Here are some helpful steps you can take instead.
Our health systems are taking the following precautionary measures:
We are grateful for the community support to help us spread this information quickly and are working tirelessly to provide the best standard of care for Arkansans during this uncertain time.