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Healthy Living: Considering a New Supplement?

FORT SMITH, Ark. — This time of year everyone is looking at ways to be healthier and feel better. This often includes adding some new vitamins or wellness supplements. There are a lot of different kinds out there and they aren't meant for everyone. Baptist Health's registered dietitian Blake Metcalf shares what you should look for.
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Free COVID-19 rapid tests restocked and ready to go in the River Valley

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Free antigen tests can be found at your local health unit or through some other organizations that are helping distribute them in the River Valley. "Monday we handed 1,009 tests. There are 2 tests per box. We can issue one box per person or up to three boxes or six tests per family per day," said Michelle Hammer, with the Crawford County Health Unit in Van Buren. "You can come to the side entry and ring the doorbell and we will hand you the tests right there."
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Arkansans to receive broader telehealth services thanks to grant

FORT SMITH, Ark. — As hospitals have focused on COVID-19 care and doctors on finding safe ways to see their patients, telehealth was an easy answer. Dr. Amita Heaser experienced it in her own practice at Mercy Clinic in Forth Smith. “The advent of telehealth has been very beneficial...
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LeFlore County has 837 active COVID cases with 82 related deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reported Wednesday morning that LeFlore County had 837 active COVID cases with 82 deaths that have been caused by the virus. Poteau has the most active cases in LeFlore County with 243, followed by Heavener with 104, Spiro with 91, Pocola with 78, Wister with 61, Bokoshe and Shady Point with 45 each, Talihina with 43, Howe with 39, Cameron with 32, Arkoma with 31, Panama with 15 and Hodgen with 10.
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Mercy awarded grant to expand virtual care

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges, so does the need for more virtual care options for patients everywhere. Thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission, Mercy will expand and upgrade telehealth services for patients across Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. “This grant will help us extend our telehealth...
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Mercy Health changes COVID testing eligibility

FORT SMITH, Ark. — In a letter obtained by 5NEWS to Mercy Health physicians, Mercy is changing their guidance for who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 test. The changes were made based on the inventory of testing supplies currently on hand and when Mercy's new shipments are expected to arrive.
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Mercy Receives $2.2M Grant to Expand Telehealth

Mercy Health received a $2.2 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission to expand its telehealth services in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy’s hospitals in Arkansas will receive slightly less than $650,000 from the grant. Mercy has hospitals in Fort Smith, Rogers and Berryville in addition to clinics and other facilities in Arkansas.
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Arkansas to increase COVID-19 testing as omicron cases surge

ARKANSAS, USA — On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Governor Asa Hutchinson updated the state on the rising omicron surge threat. He says to combat it Arkansans need to wear masks, get vaccinated and increase the state's testing. "Active cases have doubled since the last week," Gov. Hutchinson said. Last week,...
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UAFS moves to virtual instruction until Jan. 24

With almost 13,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Arkansas Thursday (Jan. 13) and 2,621 active cases in Sebastian County, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) has decided to take things virtual for one week. UAFS Chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley said the university would take all instruction and operations...
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Campus COVID Announcement

Last week I wrote to you full of excitement for the new semester. Our students were masking, our faculty were setting clear expectations, and our staff were working diligently to keep campus clean, events safe, and students engaged. Unfortunately, even with your hard work and dedication, the rapid community spread...
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