Updated quarantine and isolation procedures for the campus community

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The university’s COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidelines now align with the CDC with 5 days of self-isolation for those who test positive for the virus.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Quarantine and isolation procedures continue to be a necessary step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, particularly within our university community.

As the spring semester approaches, students, faculty, and staff should be aware that the college’s quarantine and isolation guidelines have been adjusted to align with the general public guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), including at least five days at home for those who test positive for COVID-19 or those who have been exposed or identified as close contact.

WHEN TO STAY AT HOME

Whether you are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or unvaccinated, there are a few things to remember if you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or come in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or more on 24 hour period) with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19 OR have symptoms (regardless of vaccination status):

  • Stay home for 5 days (after test results or first symptoms) and isolate yourself from others.

  • If you have had symptoms, you can end isolation after 5 days, IF you have no fever for 24 hours (without medication) and symptoms improve.

  • If you do not develop symptoms, you can end the isolation after 5 days.

  • Continue to take precautions (wear mask, avoid travel, avoid high risk people) for 10 days (after test results or first symptoms).

If you are seriously ill with COVID-19, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days and consult your doctor before ending the isolation.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date with your vaccines (Includes unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, non-booster vaccinated):

  • Stay home (quarantine) for at least 5 days and wear a mask around others at home.

  • Get tested 3-5 days after your close contact. If your test is positive, stay home and begin the isolation process described above.

  • Watch for symptoms for up to 10 days after close contact, even if your test result is negative.

  • If you develop any symptoms, isolate yourself immediately.

  • Continue to take precautions (wear a mask, avoid travel, avoid people at high risk) for up to 10 days (after close contact).

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date with your vaccines OR if you have been infected in the past 90 days (Includes fully vaccinated with a booster):

  • You don’t need to stay home unless you have symptoms.

  • Even if you don’t have any symptoms, get tested 3-5 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • Watch for symptoms for up to 10 days after close contact, even if your test result is negative.

  • If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately, wear a mask, and make an appointment to be tested.

  • Continue to take precautions (wear a mask, avoid travel, avoid people at high risk) for up to 10 days (after close contact).

WHERE TO BE TESTED

Tests are available in the region and by appointment at the Pat Walker Health Center for all students and university staff.

To schedule COVID-19 testing on campus, contact Pat Walker Health Center at 479-575-4451, option 1, or book an appointment online at myhealth.uark.edu.

SELF-REPORTING OF A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19

If you have been tested off campus or used a home self-test and tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-report your case to U of A Emergency Management using the online self-declaration form.

If you have been tested on campus, you do not need to register as your case information is provided directly to Emergency Management by the university.

INFORM OTHERS OF POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19

If you have tested positive or identified as close contact – we encourage you to contact those with whom you have recently been in close contact to inform them of your status. This is essential to help keep our community on campus safe.

that of the university COVID-19 response site continues to be updated during the pandemic with the latest news and information for the campus community.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes to more than $ 2.2 billion for the economy of Arkansas through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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