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The public may pick up self-administered COVID-19 test kits at the Columbia County Health Unit on South Jefferson.

The Arkansas Department of Health’s Local Health Units across the state will offer COVID-19 testing beginning Monday.

Testing is encouraged for all individuals who believe they have had contact with or been exposed to a positive case as well as anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Tests will also be offered to anyone with or without symptoms who lives in or has traveled to an area experiencing active transmission.

Those seeking a test should confirm that the health unit is open and call ahead for an appointment so that staff can prepare and ensure safe spacing between patients.

People do not need a doctor's recommendation to get a kit. Twana Hendricks, director of the Columbia County Health Unit, said interested people should call ahead to 870-235-3798 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

The Columbia County Health Unit is located at 207 S. Jefferson, south of the old county jail. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The telephone number is 870-235-3798.

Other nearby health units:

Lafayette County – 1113 Chestnut, Lewisville, 870-921-5744. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Nevada County – 1501 W. First St., Prescott, 870-887-2004. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Ouachita County – 740 California Ave. SW, Camden, 870-836-5033. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Union County – 301 American Road, El Dorado, 870-836-5101. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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

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