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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Common symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (>100.4 degrees)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain/body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
    (without a stuffy nose)

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea or vomiting. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 symptoms, check the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov. By coming to campus, an employee is acknowledging that they do not have signs/symptoms of COVID-19.

If you think that you may be contagious, have been in contact with someone who was known to have coronavirus, or have traveled to an area with a known outbreak, call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

A student should immediately notify the Student Health Center at 870-972-2054 during this time frame. If you are experiencing symptoms do not report to the health clinic unless you have been directed to do so. Please call the Student Health Center and receive specific direction.

What to do if symptoms develop:

If any symptoms develop, you must:

  • Stay home. (Do not report to work if you are sick; if you become ill while at work, go home immediately.) Faculty and staff can use accrued leave for this purpose.
  • Immediately inform your supervisor, dean, department head, or department chair. These individuals will provide appropriate notification to Human Resources.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If an individual receives a notification of a positive test:

  • Employees should immediately notify their immediate supervisor who will report this information immediately to Human Resources.
  • A student should immediately notify the Student Health Center at 870-927-2054.

Human Resources is required to contact the Arkansas Department of Health for all positive cases.

Employees who test positive or receive a clinical diagnosis for COVID-19 should leave campus immediately and not return to campus until they receive authorization from the Arkansas Department of Health or treating physician. Employees must provide, to Human Resources, a copy of the release to return to work.

Testing and Contact Tracing

The university will collaborate with the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine on providing on-campus testing of symptomatic A-State students and employees this fall. A-State also partnering with NYIT for contact tracing. Contact tracing is a strategy in which public health officials work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.


Plan version issued: June 25, 2020