Baptist Health encourages residents in Arkansas and Oklahoma to be proactive to help protect themselves against the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, and to take necessary measures if they believe they have contracted the disease. Our health care organization is equipped to address COVID-19 and remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those we serve. Baptist Health is working with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that we are prepared to care for any patients with the disease. Baptist Health’s efforts include assessing patients, placing them in isolation as necessary and treating them when medically appropriate. We treat patients every day with highly infectious diseases, including those with conditions much more serious than COVID-19, and have plans to handle the coronavirus. The best way for someone to protect themselves and others from contracting COVID-19 is through habits commonly practiced for the common cold and flu, including:
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- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Washing hands often with soap and warm water for 15 seconds
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Covering all coughs and sneezes
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces