In line with our mission of Making our Community Healthier, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center has established a Triage Center to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of March 16, the Triage Center will be open daily, 8 am-8 pm (Monday-Friday) and 9 am-5 pm (Saturday and Sunday), until further notice. The center is located at 2424 West Main Street in Russellville; the phone number is 479.858.1117.
The center has been established to help those affected by COVID-19-like symptoms while also protecting our community’s elderly and ill patients and health care workers. It will also help to protect other vital community health care resources from being overwhelmed.
IF YOU FEEL SICK —
While this virus produces only mild symptoms in the majority of patients, it is still very important to distance yourself from others to prevent spread.
If you have mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or body aches, please distance yourself from others and remain home. Call your doctor first for advice.
If you feel ill enough to see a doctor, please call your doctor first. Your doctor’s office may direct you to Saint Mary’s Triage Center.
If you have difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 immediately.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE TRIAGE CENTER —
At the Triage Center, you will be screened; most patients will receive advice about home care and be sent home. You may be asked to remain self-isolated to reduce the risk of transferring the virus.
While there, you will see health care workers in protective equipment. Do not be alarmed; this is to protect both you and workers.
Patients will be tested for influenza and other conditions with symptoms similar to COVID-19.
At this time, access to COVID-19 testing is extremely limited. Out of necessity, and until access to the test becomes less restricted, physicians will diagnose most patients without using coronavirus testing. Receiving results may take several days, and patients suspected of having COVID-19 may be contacted at home by the Arkansas Department of Health for follow up.
- To slow the spread of COVID-10, and to protect the community’s elderly and vulnerable, patients with cough or flu-like symptoms should stay isolated from others.
- Call your doctor first if symptoms appear.
- For the latest information about Saint Mary’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit facebook.com/saintmarysregional or the COVID-19 preparedness page on this website.