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COVID-19

  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands, est population 41,000, was among the last nations on Earth to remain free of COVID-19, after closing borders against the global pandemic. That changed August 8th. A team of U.S. based Marshallese medical providers, including Arkansas physician Dr. Sheldon Riklon, traveled to the RMI to respond to the outbreak in cooperation with RMI medical providers, with PPE supplied by U.S. Marshallese migrants.
  • On today's show, the Republic of the Marshall Islands was one the last places to remain COVID free. On Aug. 8 that changed. Plus, pre-integration professional basketball, stories behind the art and music, and much more.
  • The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ northwest Arkansas campus has opened a clinic for people experiencing symptoms three weeks or more after a positive test.
  • A reformulated COVID-19 vaccine booster that targets the original Alpha coronavirus as well as the circulating Omicron variant, recently met with conditional approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Joe Thompson, President and CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement headquartered in Little Rock, provides guidance.
  • As the fall semester begins in Arkansas, state and national health professionals are urging parents, students and schools to take precautions to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.
  • Arkansas and other southern states — where COVID-19 vaccination rates are low — this summer are ground zero for Omicron subvariant infections. Dr. Robert Hopkins, a professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chief of Internal Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, provides insight and guidance about this new outbreak.
  • Arkansas and other southern states — where COVID-19 vaccination rates are low — this summer are ground zero for Omicron subvariant infections. Dr. Robert Hopkins, a professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chief of Internal Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, provides insight and guidance about this new outbreak.
  • With COVID-19 cases rising in Arkansas, experts recommend getting tested if exposed to the virus. Rapid COVID-19 antigen test kits are widely available for purchase at local drug stores and retailers for home testing. The U.S. government is also distributing free test kits through the mail. Now if you test positive? Folllow-up with a clinical test to confirm, and to make sure your case is counted.
  • With COVID-19 cases rising in Arkansas, experts recommend getting tested if exposed to the virus. Rapid COVID-19 antigen test kits are widely available for purchase at local drug stores and retailers for home testing. The U.S. government is also distributing free test kits through the mail. Now if you test positive? Folllow-up with a clinical test to confirm, and to make sure your case is counted.
  • With COVID-19 variants increasingly circulating in Arkansas as we head into summer, data show that new case, hospitalization, and death rates are again rising after a mid-April lull. Protective vaccination and booster rates however remain flat. Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement frames the situation.