Published March 27, 2020
In Rogers, the Mercy Coronavirus Evaluation Site performed nasal swab tests on 41 patients March 20, the first day the site opened for patients screened first by nurses via a call center.
The site is located at 2090 S. Promenade Blvd.
The Mercy Coronavirus Evaluation Site is exclusively for patients who have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath and have either traveled to a high-risk area or had contact with a known patient. Anyone seeking a test must call Mercy’s Coronavirus Evaluation Site line at (479) 717-7585 before arriving. Those not pre-screened will be redirected and asked to call the call center.
People with COVID-19 do not have a runny nose or nasal congestion.
“As part of Mercy’s mission and heritage for almost 200 years, we care for those in our community regardless of the illness or circumstance. Our current situation is no different. The Sisters of Mercy, long known as the Walking Sisters, have always turned and walked toward those in need. Whether it was a cholera or typhoid epidemic in Dublin, Ireland, in the early 1800s, or a smallpox outbreak in Springfield, Mo., at the turn of the 20th century, the sisters were many times the first to serve, without hesitation, whenever needed,” the hospital stated.