Healthy Connections, Inc., will provide completely free Covid-19 tests at the 6th Annual Hot Springs Community Resource Fair, Back to School Bash, and Samaritan’s Shoe Giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 15.
The event, which will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Historic Hot Springs Farmers Market (121 Orange St., Hot Springs. It is sponsored by Difference Makers of Hot Springs and will include free backpacks and school supplies, free tennis shoes for children, and free refreshments.
Note that social distancing and face coverings are required for all attendees.
“We are proud to support Difference Makers of Hot Springs and the 2020 Community Resource Fair,” said Healthy Connections CEO Tony Calandro. “This event is a continuation of the work our staff has done throughout the past two months to provide free Covid-19 tests to Arkansas.”
See how the test is given and learn more about Healthy Connections’ free testing program at www.GetTestedFree.com.
Since late May, Mena-based nonprofit Healthy Connections has held 30 events in 13 cities and 10 counties and provided nearly 4,000 free Covid-19 tests.
Healthy Connections is also testing patients at all of its medical clinics in Mena, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida, and De Queen. In-clinic tests are considered medical appointments and patients should call 888-710-8220 to schedule. Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, ArKids 1st, Medicare, and most private health insurance. There is also a sliding-fee scale for patients without health insurance who qualify. Health insurance companies are waiving all copays for Covid-19 testing.
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 www.healthy-connections.org.