Healthy Connections, Inc., has now provided more than 3,500 free Covid-19 tests throughout Arkansas as part of its mass testing program.
Healthy Connections, a Mena-based nonprofit community health network, has put on 27 events in 13 cities and 11 counties in Arkansas since late May. The result has been 3,544 free Covid-19 tests given. Most of these events were open to the general public and tested anyone who wanted to be tested, regardless of symptoms. These tests are in addition to the Covid-19 tests that have been given in Healthy Connections’ medical clinics.
Healthy Connections staff has spent more than 90 hours testing at these events with varying weather. Some came during heavy rainstorms while others came during extreme heat. During that time, the drive-through events tested patients in cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, lawnmowers, tractors, golf carts, and even some fire engines.
The most tests provided in a single day was 592 on July 16 at the Four States Fair in Texarkana. That event, combined with two events in Benton on July 15, also made for the largest weekly testing total of 840.
Healthy Connections has also spent some time in July testing businesses and their employees.
The next pop-up testing event is scheduled to be Saturday August 15, 2020, at the Farmers Market in Hot Springs. This testing event is open to the public and a part of Difference Makers of Hot Springs’ Community Resource Fair. Testing is scheduled that day from 3 to 6 p.m.
Until then, Healthy Connections is still 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. All the information about testing can be found at www.GetTestedFree.com.
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.