Healthy Connections will expand access for Covid-19 testing by taking our free testing pop-up tour to Benton and Texarkana this week.

Free drive-through testing sites will be available in Benton on Wednesday, July 15, and Texarkana, Ark., on Thursday, July 16. Miller County (Texarkana) will be the 11th Arkansas County to have received free Covid-19 testing.

At the pop-up testing sites, patients don’t even get out of their vehicles. The new “simple” Covid-19 test is much easier to receive and less painful than other tests previously given. No insurance information is collected and patients are through the testing area and on their way in just a few minutes. Results from these tests are being received on average in five to seven days.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

7 a.m. to 11 a.m., River Center, 1800 Citizens Drive, Benton

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ralph Bunche Park, 1300 S. East St., Benton

Thursday, July 16

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 E. 50th St., Texarkana, Ark.

The Healthy Connections Free Covid-19 testing popup tour began on May 21 in De Queen and has seen more than 2,500 tests given in 11 Arkansas counties. This will be the second visit to Benton and the first to Texarkana. See the complete schedule at

Covid-19 testing is also being done at every Healthy Connections clinic. Copays are being waived for Covid-19 testing done in the clinic. Call 888-710-8220 to schedule appointments. The complete schedule and all testing information can be found at

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