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Novel Coronavirus

Information as of: August 26, 2021


Coronavirus Resources

Arkansas State University’s Emergency Operations Center will be active during times of declared state emergencies, and resources related to the university’s on-going efforts to mitigate and react to the pandemic will be posted on this page. A-State strives to keep these links and resources current.


Following recommendations of the CDC related to the omicron variant, new isolation and quarantine guidelines were adopted by the A-State EOC effective Jan. 1.


With the start of the fall semester at Arkansas State, a reminder to all that the university will be on-campus this fall. Faculty and staff have received a list of FAQ related to the current mask protocol and other essential questions. Here are links to those recent communications:
Faculty | Staff

Masks Currently Required Indoors

Effective Aug. 12, 2021, Arkansas State University requires the wearing of masks by all individuals for any indoor location where six-foot social distancing is not practical. This includes any classroom where six-foot social distancing isn’t possible for all class members, in offices or meeting rooms, or in any confined space such as an elevator. Masks are not required in individual student housing areas. For more details, here is the full policy and a link to the Chancellor’s message to campus.

Stay up to date on communications

Arkansas State has maintained a robust stream of messages to the campus throughout the pandemic. Please make sure you are checking the university’s official email correspondence to all – Daily Digest – each day. For employees, this is your official means of receiving vital employee updates, and should be the first thing read each day at work. For students, please remember that like all official correspondence – including your instructors and other FERPA protected educational communications – will be sent to your student A-State email account.

Delta is different

Along with being far easier to spread to others, the Delta variant has some different primary symptoms. Please check with ADH and/or the CDC for current guidance on what is suspicious.

When in doubt, stay home

Please don’t share your sniffles – COVID or otherwise – with your friends and neighbors. And if you are feeling ill, report in via our self-reporting form. Also, don’t be shy about testing. Especially with the Delta variant, asymptomatic spread is a very real problem.

Campus COVID-19 Leave

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse issued a special leave policy for A-State employees. Click here to see the policy. If you have questions, contact Human Relations.