.COVID-19 INFORMATION & Response Fund
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, use the search bar below to find your local 211, dial 211 to speak to someone or TEXT 211 to 898-211.
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The COVID-19 situation in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it effects people. For the most accurate and timely information, visit the CDC’s website or monitor CDC social media channels. This page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible with answers to the most common questions 211s receive.
If you are looking for guidance about how to respond as a school administrator, non-profit or faith-based organization staff member, business owner, or event planner, the CDC has provided detailed information for different sectors here.
Applications for United Way of NWA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are open for nonprofits seeking dollars to support those left vulnerable by the pandemic. Click the button below to be taken to the application.
Resources in Northwest arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Health https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/
Arkansas State Government (Can Subscribe to Daily Updates) – https://govstatus.egov.com/ar-covid-19
Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard – https://adem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f533ac8a8b6040e5896b05b47b17a647
Washington Regional https://www.wregional.com/
Northwest Health Plaza Eastside COVID-19 Screening and Testing – 2158 Butterfield Coach Rd. Suite 100, Springdale – 479-306-7507
Mercy NWA COVID-19 Evaluation Site opens this Friday, March 20: An evaluation site exclusively for patients who have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath and either have traveled to a high-risk area or have had contact with a known patient. Anyone seeking a test must call Mercy’s Coronavirus Evaluation Site line. Those not pre-screened will be turned away.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Northwest Medical Plaza Bentonville COVID-19 Screening and Testing
601 Southwest Regional Airport Blvd., Bentonville
Walmart Home Office Parking Lot Testing Site
Open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Book an appointment at https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/mycovid19test
Arkansas Department of Health Call Center: ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public.
1-800-803-7847 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 501-661-2136 (after hours)
Arkansas Children’s: If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any health concerns call to speak with a pediatric nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
1-800-743-3616 (24 hrs / 7 days a week)
Community Clinic (all four locations) – https://www.communityclinicnwa.org/locations/
COVID-19 UAMS Hotline: UAMS has set up a coronavirus hotline for people who have questions or feel they may have symptoms
Arkansas Unemployment Resources: Gov. Hutchinson announced laid-off workers will be eligible for unemployment insurance immediately. He is waiving the usual one-week waiting period for the next 30 days.. https://www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov/
Johns Hopkins University Info Page – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Veterans enrolled in VA health care: For veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold, contact the VA at 800-691-8387 before going to scheduled appointments. Clinical staff are available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage. This service is available at no cost to veterans enrolled for VA health care. 800-691-8387
Activities to do at home for children & Families
If you are looking for ways to keep learning going while your kiddos are home from school, the United Way of Northwest Arkansas is here to help. Our commitment is to help organizations and families provide quality out-of-school time to local students.
We have put together this list of resources for learning, with a little bit of entertainment sprinkled in. If you have preschool-age kids, or you are looking to supplement the AMI lessons from school, here are some options for you. Most need little to no supplies.
Name Recognition Activities:
Free printable coloring pages:
Fine Motor Alphabet Mats (printable):
ABC Mouse: online learning program offers a free, 30-day trial
National Geographic Kids: The website offers several ways to explore and learn about nature, animals and geography. There are even tons of interactive games! https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Crayola Crafts: http://www.crayola.com/crafts/
Scholastic Learn at Home:
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html : This link includes a “Learn at Home” curriculum, which includes daily cross-curricular learning activities specific to each grade level.: This link includes a “Learn at Home” curriculum, which includes daily cross-curricular learning activities specific to each grade level.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Visit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden page on Facebook. While the zoo is closed, and schools are closed, join them on Facebook to help make your child’s day fun and educational. The zoo staff will host a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 2pm CDT. They will highlight amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. If you miss one day, you can catch up at any time from their Facebook page.
The Kennedy Center: Visit the website at 12 noon (CDT) to see a live streaming art lesson with Mo Willems, one of today’s most loved authors of books for children. Every day Willems will encourage kids of all ages to draw and write along with him—you only need pencils, crayons and paper to participate! If you miss the live video, you can always find it posted on the site.
Actor Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf from Frozen) is doing his part to help entertain kids during this time of social distancing. Each night on his Twitter page, Gad will read a children’s book for families. His great character voices are sure to please your kids! Find him on Twitter at @joshgad.
Support for Parents
Includes literacy apps, A-Z reading topics, tools to help struggling readers, and more:
What is COVID-19?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published this video which helps answer many common questions about the origin and spread of the virus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and are similar to symptoms of a common cold or the flu.
Symptoms such as chills, body aches, and a runny nose are more likely associated with the flu, not COVID-19. But you should contact your healthcare provider or telemedicine service provided by your health insurer to get medical guidance.
What are the criteria for being eligible for testing?
Per the Northwest Arkansas Healthcare Providers – With the limited number of coronavirus testing kits available in the community, we are only testing people who meet the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and criteria as follows:
Symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that has not previously been diagnosed by a health care provider as another illness, such as flu or strep, AND at least one of the following:
Are age 65 or older; or
Have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or immunodeficiency; or
Have had contact with someone who has had a positive coronavirus test; or
Are a health care worker
We can’t emphasize enough the criteria regarding testing. We ask that employers and organizations NOT send people to clinics or health care facilities for “testing.” Again, there is a limited number of coronavirus testing kits available. We are only testing people who meet the above guidelines.
What should I do if I or someone I care for is sick?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, are over the age of 60, or have an underlying medical condition like heart, lung, or kidney disease, and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. If you are young, otherwise healthy, and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or recently traveled to a country with a high rate of COVID-19, contact your medical provider and follow their guidance. Where COVID-19 tests are limited, people who are otherwise healthy may be asked to stay home and monitor their symptoms rather than seek in-person care.
Is COVID-19 fatal?
While people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad, the majority of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 do recover. The virus appears to only be severe if it reaches the lungs and remains untreated. Most otherwise healthy people can recover from COVID-19 at home. .
Are there confirmed COVID-19 cases in my community?
Most states in the U.S. have confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 and are taking necessary precautions to slow the spread. However, there are zero confirmed cases in Northwest Arkansas at the moment.
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.
There is not currently information from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children.
How does the virus spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest) but some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Should I cancel my event or gathering?
The CDC issued guidance on March 15, 2020 that individuals and organizations should reschedule events with 50 or more people until mid-May. Gatherings of any size should be reconsidered unless organizers can protect vulnerable people, ensure proper hand hygiene and social distancing. This guidance is resulting in more school and workplace closures and, in some states and cities, closing of restaurants and other public spaces.
I saw an ad for a vaccine-- are vaccines available for COVID-19?
Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. Public health officials and the FDA are working closely with drug developers to develop and test COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments but none are available to the public yet.
How can I help?
The most helpful thing people can do is take extra precautions to avoid spreading germs. This includes thoroughly washing hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds, disinfecting common surfaces, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, avoid unnecessary contact such as shaking hands or giving high-fives, and staying home and away from others if sick. If you want to donate, identify and give locally to food pantries, shelters, and other basic needs organizations that might be seeing an increase in demand from people who need help