1st Choice has always been committed to being here for you and your family. We continue to expand and update our services during this COVID-19 pandemic so we can continue to provide excellent healthcare for our communities. We are continuing to provide daily drive up COVID-19 testing at all clinics Monday – Friday from 1 pm until 4 pm. This is for the regular send off COVID-19 test.
1st Choice Healthcare is also giving flu vaccinations at all of its locations. Many patients are eligible to receive the flu shot FREE of charge.
When you arrive at the clinic, each person will answer a series of questions and get their temperature checked. If you have an elevated temperature (above 100.3), you will be asked to return to your vehicle and await a telephone call for further screening and instructions. EVERYONE entering the clinic MUST wear a mask. If you arrive without a mask, you will be asked to wear one. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. It is REQUIRED to be worn throughout the entire time regardless of the purpose of your visit.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
This list is not all-inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
For patients with COVID-19 concerns,
The cash price for COVID-19 test is $100. This price is not reflective of the amount paid by patients.
The cash price for COVID-19/Flu Combo Rapid test is $227. This price is not reflective of the amount paid by patients.
WHAT IS ISOLATION?
Isolation is for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19, being in isolation means you must stay home and away from others while you are infectious in order to stop the spread of the virus to anyone else.
LENGTH OF ISOLATION
If you have COVID-19 with mild symptoms, you must isolate until:
If you have COVID-19 and are not experiencing any symptoms, you must isolate until:
If you have severe COVID-19 and have been hospitalized or if you have a weakened immune system, you must isolate until:
RESTRICTIONS DURING ISOLATION
For immediate sheltering needs for people who are homeless or displaced or cannot safely quarantine at home, please call (501) 661-2136.
For all other issues, contact the ADH call center at (800) 803-7847.
WHAT IS QUARANTINE?
Quarantine is an important way to stop the spread of COVID-19. It means staying home and away from others after you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
If you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19, you need to quarantine for 14 days from the time of the exposure. Close contact, generally, means you were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes total while they were infectious. COVID-19 patients are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started, or two days before their positive test if they do not develop symptoms.
If you are a close contact, you need to quarantine even if you don’t feel sick and even if you have received a negative test for COVID-19.
LENGTH OF QUARANTINE
The incubation period of the virus that causes COVID-19 is up to 14 days. Therefore, the quarantine period needs to last 14 days from the most recent exposure to the positive patient. If you are exposed again during quarantine, the 14-day period must start over again.
If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself.
RESTRICTIONS DURING QUARANTINE
For immediate sheltering needs for people who are homeless or displaced or cannot safely quarantine at home, please call (501) 661-2136. For all other issues, contact the ADH call center at (800) 803-7847.
The Arkansas Department of Health has scenarios in place to help understand calculating your quarantine period.
To help prevent the spread of infections, starting immediately, 1st Choice Healthcare will limit visitors to 1 per patient. If the visitor appears ill or is running a fever or has a history of exposure to Covid-19, the visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient into the clinic.
Call 1st Choice first and we will help you determine which is the best and safest healthcare option for you.
Currently, 1st choice is providing:
We are not accepting walk-in appointments at this time.
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
1st Choice Healthcare has Licenced Social Workers on staff ready to help you talk through your fears and worries.
Information from the Center For Disease Control & Prevention
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness?