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Arkansas directs screening at nursing homes over virus

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials have told the state’s nursing homes to screen staff and visitors over concerns about the new coronavirus.

The state departments of Health and Human Services on Monday issued a directive laying out screening procedures for long-term care facilities.

Arkansas hasn’t had any confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which causes the disease called COVID-19.

Visitors will be asked if they’ve been to countries with sustained transmission of COVID-19 or whether they have had contact with anyone infected with or investigated for COVID-19.

The screening procedures will also include temperature checks for visitors and staff.

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