The Arkansas Department of Health's local health units, including Logan County, is now offering COVID-19 testing to anyone with a scheduled appointment.

According to Danyelle McNeill, the Department of Health's public information officer, the tests will be given to anyone with or without symptoms, but testing is encouraged for individuals who believe they have been exposed to the COVID-19, who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, or any individual who is experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Everyone who wants a test is required to call ahead and make an appointment.

According to the ADH, patients will be directed to self-collect specimens outside of the unit using a provided nasal swab and container. The specimens will then be sent to the state Public Health Laboratory. Results are typically made available within 48 to 72 hours, though it can take up to a week. Positive patients will be notified as soon as a result is available.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the tests, but insurance may be billed for patients who have it.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Arkansas was awarded over $5 million in funding to expand access to COVID-19 testing in rural communities.

Members of the U.S. Senate and Congress said, “ Rural America must not be left behind as we work to expand coronavirus testing across the nation. These communities are vital to a successful economic restart, especially in a largely rural state such as Arkansas. These funds will help state officials carry out their plan to reopen Arkansas in a safe manner.”

The Logan County Health Unit in Paris is located at 150 S. Lowder St.and you may call 479-963-6126 for an appointment.

You can find their locations and additional information by clicking on the link below: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/health-units.