As the number of U.S. veterans infected by coronavirus rises across the country, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville has new measures in place to care for affected patients, while protecting staff and administrators. VHCSO Medical Center Director Kelvin Parks describes the coordinated response.
Bella Vista Fire Department's community paramedics are partnering with the Northwest Medical Clinic at Sugar Creek to expand telehealth services in the city. While paramedics are not able to conduct COVID-19 test swabs at people's homes, they are available to assist with other medical needs. To initiate a visit from a community paramedic, patients should first call the clinic at (479) 306-7507 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tobacco is a risk factor for lung and heart disease and both are medical conditions that could put someone at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For those who want to quit smoking during the pandemic, Hope Cancer Resources is continuing to provide its free tobacco cessation program over the phone.
To mitigate the urgent need for blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued new blood donation eligibility guidance. Chris Pilgrim, media relations representative for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, explains the new guidelines.
Changes to daily life prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic are causing stress and anxiety for many people. For tips on staying mentally well while dealing with uncertainty, loss and loneliness, we spoke to a psychologist from Counseling and Psychological Services or CAPS which is part of the University of Arkansas's Pat Walker Health Center.