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Information as of: 7:52 AM, September 24, 2021
Arkansas Tech University has developed a COVID-19 Management Plan that applies to
all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at ATU. This plan replaces the Phases system developed in 2020 and will be used moving forward.
This plan is effective Aug. 2, 2021, and will be updated as the public health situation evolves.
Active Cases at ATU
14 active COVID-19 cases at the Russellville Campus
3 active COVID-19 cases at the Ozark campus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all individuals age 16 or older should get a COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as possible.” The CDC goes on to state that “widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.”
Details about vaccinations are regularly updated by the CDC on this website: Key Things To Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
Find a Vaccine Provider
Members of the Arkansas Tech University community who have not already been vaccinated and wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may consult these resources to identify the most convenient provider:
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, contact the ATU Health and Wellness Center (479) 968-0329.
COVID-19 Reporting Form
Please go to the link below, log in using your OneTech user name and password, click “forms”, and open the form called “COVID19 Reporting Form”.
Complete the form to report any of the following:
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19
- If you have been exposed to COVID-19
- If you have been tested for COVID-19
Someone from the ATU Health and Wellness Center will follow up with you. If you cannot access this form, please contact the Health and Wellness Center at 479-968-0329.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION NOTICE
Please make sure your cell phone numbers and contact information is current in your ATU Alert account. Do not believe rumors or any statements about outbreaks or class cancellations that are not direct from one or more of the following:
- the ATU main website, www.atu.edu
- the official University social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- the official University news website https://www.arkansastechnews.com/
- by official email to your ATU account; or
- by direct text message from ATU Alert.
HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND PREVENTION INFORMATION
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people may experience post-COVID conditions. These post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 have proven to be safe and effective.
Learn more at the CDC’s main Covid-19 website.
All of the efforts currently in place by ATU are in response to the guidance by the CDC as well as ADH. ATU has relied upon the expert advice of medical, scientific, and public health officials to guide our policies and procedures throughout the current Covid-19 pandemic. We have also implemented a COVID-19 task force that continuously monitors and implements new guidance to engage in best practices, as well as do our part to limit the spread of the virus among our campus and alleviate the strain on our state’s health care system.
Remember that COVID-19 symptoms can be very similar to other respiratory viruses. These symptoms may include: cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. There are other symptoms as well not listed here. Since these symptoms can also be present in other viruses such as influenza, testing may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. If you feel sick or think you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please stay home except to seek medical care.
Call the ATU Health and Wellness Center before showing up for an appointment so we can take precautionary measures to keep others in the waiting area of the clinic safe. You will also need to immediately separate yourself from others as much as possible, monitor your symptoms, wear a mask to prevent spread of illness, and get tested.
Please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form at atu.medicatconnect.com to report your symptoms to the ATU Health and Wellness Center. They will contact you with more information.
According to the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health, Coronavirus is spread in the same ways as other virus illnesses like common influenza or colds. Your keys to limiting exposure to all viruses are similar:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers can be an effective alternative. For more on handwashing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
- Here’s a video from CDC: What You Need To Know About Handwashing
- Disinfect surfaces that people touch frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – germs often spread when a person touches something contaminated and then your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel sick, please stay home.
Learn more about how COVID-19 spreads at CDC
Those coming to campus will be required to wear face coverings regardless of their vaccination status when indoors in a congregational setting, including classrooms, meeting rooms, building lobbies and hallways. Faculty and staff members who are alone in their offices and students who are in their residence hall rooms and on-campus apartments will not be required to wear face coverings.
We understand the concern of community members. The Novel Coronavirus outbreak adds a layer of stress and worry. If you would like to talk to someone, student support is available at the ATU Health and Wellness Center. Information about counselors in the community is available.
You quarantine when you may have been exposed to the virus. This requires you to stay home and away from others in the home for 14 days to monitor for any symptoms that may develop. If you develop symptoms during or after quarantine, isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider immediately for testing.
You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. During isolation you should stay home and stay away from others in the home and use a “sick room” if possible. If you develop any serious symptoms including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone, or any other serious or concerning symptoms, seek emergency care or call 911 immediately.
To learn more about quarantine and isolation, go to this CDC page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
The ATU Travel Office is reviewing all travel relative to the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Please review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During your travels, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact your journey and/or your return.
- The CDC now recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.
If you have concern about travel within the United States for events, please discuss that with your supervisor/instructor/department. Any travel into or through areas listed by the CDC, ADH or U.S. State Department as requiring quarantine may limit your ability to return to campus. Please take into consideration these potential impacts of any travel – official or personal. If you have concerns about any upcoming travel, international or domestic, please reach out to your instructor, supervisor, or the ATU Travel Office.
To slow the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.
Click on the link below to read more about the CDC after-travel precautions for individuals who have traveled abroad to certain countries:
In accordance with this guidance from the CDC and the Arkansas Governor’s office, Arkansas Tech University has made the following determinations:
- Cancellation of all out-of-state travel by any ATU employees or ATU-sponsored groups.
- Cancellation or postponement of international travel by ATU-sanctioned programs for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. A decision on future semesters, including summer 2020, will be made as more information becomes available.
- Members of the University community who have engaged in international travel should stay home for 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.