Rep. Westerman Among 415 Tested in Hot Springs Village

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) visits with Healthy Connections CEO Tony Calandro at the Hot Springs Village Covid-19 testing popup event.

The Healthy Connections Free Covid-19 Mass Testing Tour made an incredible stop in Hot Springs Village on Friday, May 29, 2020.

In a span of just under four hours, Healthy Connections was able to provide testing for 415 people at our drive-through pop-up event, which was co-sponsored by the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce. That brings our first week’s total tested number to more than 650 people.

One of the people tested on Friday was U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), who got in line and was tested from his truck. The U.S. Congress is responsible for the funding that allows Healthy Connections to hold mass testing events like this one.

The tests are for the Covid-19 virus and are free to all patients at our pop-up events. Go to for the complete schedule that includes stops next week in Little Rock (Tuesday, June 2), Benton (Wednesday, June 3), Arkadelphia (Thursday, June 4), and Gurdon (Friday, June 5). Each day tests will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone who wants to be tested, regardless of symptoms.

Healthy Connections is also providing Covid-19 testing in all clinics. Call 888-710-8220 for appointments or visit to find a clinic near you.

The Covid-19 antibody test is also being given at Healthy Connections clinics. Call 888-710-8220 for appointments.



Thanks Hot Springs For A Great Testing Event

Thanks to everyone in Hot Springs who came out to our Healthy Connections Free Covid-19 Testing pop-up in Hot Springs on Thursday, May 28. We were able to test 100 people in between the rain showers. In the past week, we have tested more than 260 patients as part of our tour around the state. Next up we’ll be in Hot Springs Village on Friday, May 29. Come see us at the Chamber of Commerce near the West Gate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Malvern Testing at Teeter Plaza

Healthy Connections completed another successful Free Covid-19 pop-up testing event on Wednesday, May 27, in Malvern. More than 80 people were tested from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Drive-through testing is being done at pop-up locations throughout Arkansas. Go to for the complete schedule.

Free Covid-19 Testing Pop-up This Week

The Healthy Connections Free Covid-19 Testing Pop-up tour will set up in Hot Spring and Garland counties this week.

The drive-through testing, which is available to anyone over 18-years-old, regardless of symptoms, will be in Malvern on Wednesday, May 27; Hot Springs Thursday, May 28; and Hot Springs Village on Friday, May 29. Testing will be offered each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Testing at the pop-up sites is at no cost to patients and insurance information is not collected.

Next week the Covid-19 mass testing tour will visit Little Rock, Arkadelphia, and Gurdon. Additional stops being scheduled for throughout west and central Arkansas through the end of July. Visit for more information and the updated schedule.

These pop-up testing sites can test people 18-years-old and older. Children under 18 can be tested, along with anyone else, at any time at a Healthy Connections clinic. Call 888-710-8220 for clinic appointments at locations in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida, Mena, and De Queen. Visit to find the location nearest to you.

Healthy Connections clinics are open, safe, healthy, and here for the communities they serve. The Healthy Connections community health network is a federally-qualified health center (FQHC). Healthy Connections and Evolve Behavioral Health both accept Medicaid, ARKids 1st, Medicare, and most private health insurance. There is also a sliding-fee scale for patients without health insurance who qualify. Medicaid patients may be required to switch their primary care provider to Healthy Connections before they can be seen. Learn more about Healthy Connections at


Mass Testing In De Queen a Success

Healthy Connections put together a Free Covid-19 Mass Testing event on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in De Queen. More than 80 people were tested over just a few hours. Next week, Healthy Connections will be in Malvern, Hot Springs, and Hot Springs Village. We’ll also return for another stop in De Queen. Learn more at or

Thanks to Ed88 for coming out and shooting some video at the event.