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Employee guidelines if exposed to COVID-19

Thursday, May 28, 2020

1. Do not call Company Nurse (UA-PTC’s company nurse is for workers comp claims only). Company Nurse is only to be called once the employee has been tested and positive confirmation from CDC for COVID-19.

2. Employee should call the UAMS Help Hotline at (800) 632-4502 to be triaged or have questions regarding COVID-19.

3. Employee should call the Health Department Hotline at (800) 803-7847 if they have been exposed or having symptoms.

4. If an employee is having symptoms, there are three ways to be screened. Per UAMS: Do not come to UAMS or any other doctor’s office, urgent care clinic or emergency room without first calling and getting instructions. If someone needs urgent medical care and could have been exposed to COVID-19, tell the operator when you call 9-1-1.

  • Call UAMS Help Hotline at (800) 632-4502
  • Online Screening https://uamshealth.com/healthnow
  • There is a drive thru triage screening at the corner of Sheffield and Jack Stephens Drive (across from Spine Institute) in Little Rock. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is designed to quickly and safely screen people with cough, fever, shortness of breath, flu or COVID-19.

5. Company Nurse is only to be called once the employee has been tested and a positive confirmation from CDC for COVID-19. The employee will be referred by Company Nurse to seek medical attention at that time.

Public Employee Claims division follows the Arkansas statutory requirements for workers’ compensation which the legislature created. Arkansas Code § 11-9-601(e)(2),(3) provide the following:

(2) No compensation shall be payable for any contagious or infectious disease unless contracted in the course of employment in or immediate connection with a hospital or sanitorium in which persons suffering from that disease are cared for or treated.

(3) No compensation shall be payable for any ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed.