COVID-19 Information

 

It is no longer mandatory to report symptoms, cases or exposures to the HWC and students will now be asked to communicate directly with their professors/instructors regarding any necessary absence(s) following a positive test, as they would with any communicable illness.  Home COVID-19 tests may be used as a valid excuse to isolate and be absent from class.  Any ATU student or employee can schedule a COVID-19 test by calling 479-968-0329 or stopping by the ATU Health and Wellness Center, Doc Bryan 119.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home (off campus) for at least 5 full days.  Wear a well-fitting mask anytime you are around others inside your home.  Avoid travel.

If you are symptomatic
, you may end isolation after five full days and are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and your symptoms are improving.  After ending isolation, wear a well-fitting mask for 5 more full days anytime you are in public or in close proximity to others in your home.

If you tested positive but did not have symptoms, you may end your isolation after five full days.  After ending isolation, wear a well-fitting mask for 5 more full days anytime you are in public or in close proximity to others in your home.

If you got very sick or have a weakened immune system, you should isolate for 10 full days and consult your doctor before ending isolation.

If you'd like to use antigen testing to determine when to stop masking: Persons who have access to antigen tests and who choose to use testing to determine when they can discontinue masking should wait to take the first test until at least day 6 and they are without a fever for ≥24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and all other symptoms have improved. Two consecutive test results with ≥ 48 hours between tests must be negative for persons to discontinue masking. If either test result is positive, persons should continue to wear a mask around others and continue testing every 48 hours until they have two sequential negative results.  Those who prefer to use antigen testing to determine when to stop masking, should be prepared to provide their own antigen tests.

To view the above information in flowchart format, please visit here. 

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are either vaccinated or unvaccinated:

Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should begin wearing a mask immediately after learning you've been exposed. For 10 days, you should wear a high-quality mask anytime you are around others indoors in your home or in public. Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure. You should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Even if you don't develop any symptoms, you should be tested on Day 6.  You may be tested at the ATU Health and Wellness Center or other testing location, including taking a home antigen test. Continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a well-fitting mask for ten full days anytime you are in public or around others inside your home. If you develop symptoms at any point after testing negative, isolate and get re-tested.  At any time that you test positive, follow instructions for isolation.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and have had a confirmed COVID-19 case in the previous 90 days with a COVID-19 test:

In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19, has a history of a previous COVID-19 infection in the previous 90 days, and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine at this time. You are encouraged to get tested if symptoms of COVID-19 develop. You should wear a well-fitting mask anytime you are in public or in close proximity to others in your home and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for ten full days from exposure.

COVID-19 Vaccination Info: 

ATU Health and Wellness Center is a vaccination provider, but does NOT currently have vaccine in stock. New updated bivalent vaccines were issued mid-September 2023 and are available at the local health unit and some pharmacies.  If you have questions about the updated vaccines or to schedule a vaccine appointment, please call your local health unit or pharmacy.  The Pope County Health Unit can be reached by calling 479-968-6004.

CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.  Updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are now available.

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death.  Vaccination also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of long COVID, which can develop during or following acute infection and last for an extended duration. 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccination: