PARAGOULD/JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle, are also testing positive for the virus.
There have been recent positive tests for COVID-19 among employees at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, and NEA Baptist Hospital with officials there saying they have worked to help educate employees on the issue.
NEA Baptist stated in a social media post Thursday that all employees and patients undergo a screening process and are given a fresh mask before entering its 16 locations.
Currently, the healthcare provider reports 260 positive COVID-19 tests in its clinics and 151 in its hospital. NEA Baptist is currently treating 21 hospitalized patients, including 6 in the intensive care unit and 2 who are on ventilators.
A hospital official said work is being done to help employees and patients in a trying time.
Meanwhile St. Bernards Medical Center has seen about two percent of its workers test positive for COVID.
Region 8 News has also reached to St. Bernards on the issue as well. We’re still waiting on official numbers to be released.