St. Bernards releases statement on COVID-19 Testing, Care Recommendations

St. Bernards Releases Statement on COVID-19

“With the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading throughout our region, we stress that local primary care clinics, urgent cares, pharmacies, health departments and telemedicine—including St. Bernards Go—remain the best care and testing options for mildly symptomatic cases and virus exposures. Hospital census numbers have continually risen across our state, and emergency departments have accommodated abnormally high volumes recently, including persons needing a simple COVID test. We ask that emergency departments can stay focused helping community members needing emergent care. As always though, our emergency departments stand ready to help regardless of the situation, and someone should not hesitate to seek our care. We sincerely appreciate your consideration and cooperation as we fight this virus together.”— St. Bernards Medical Center Administrator Michael Givens

St. Bernards Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system based in Northeast Arkansas, serves as the corporate parent of a number of healthcare entities, including the largest hospital in the region, St. Bernards Medical Center, a 440-bed acute care hospital that serves as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It is the only Level III Trauma Center in the region, houses the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern part of Arkansas and has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate healthcare services for more than 120 years. For more information, please visit or call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.

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