Our UCA Student Health Clinic (SHC) has the capability to test and trace any students, faculty, or staff members who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or those who believe they may have been in close contact with an infected person(s).
The university has a PCR-based Abbott ID NOW machine that provides COVID-19 test results in around 15 minutes for individuals who are symptomatic. The university also offers a PCR-based test for individuals who are not symptomatic but would like to get tested. Results typically return in around 24 hours or less. Testing is fast, easy, and confidential. To make an appointment, visit the SHC website, or call (501) 450-3136. If you have medical questions, you can also email the SHC at email@example.com.
Dr. Randy Pastor, UCA Medical Director, has developed a protocol outlining the steps students should take if they need to get tested, or if they receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Isolate yourself immediately and do not return to campus until designated as recovered by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Students: If you live in university housing, you MUST be moved to isolation housing. If you live in a university apartment with fully vaccinated roommates, you may be able to remain there IF APPROVED by the UCA contact tracing team. If you live off campus, you may isolate at your off campus residence.
You are required to email the UCA Contact Tracing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify them of your positive test results if your test was done off campus. They will then issue an isolation letter and will help determine who your campus-related close contacts are. If your test was ordered through the UCA Student Health Clinic, you will be contacted directly by the Contact Tracing Team and will not need to email them.
The Arkansas Department of Health or UAMS will also call you a few days after you test positive to complete the contract tracing process. You are required by law to cooperate with them to the best of your ability.
Notifying Instructors and Supervisors
Students: Notify your instructors that you have been advised to remain off campus until released by your medical provider. Email your instructor the isolation letter issued by the UCA Contact Tracing Team if the instructor has questions or requests proof of your status.
Faculty and Staff: Notify your supervisor that you have been placed in isolation for health reasons and have been advised to remain off campus until released by your medical provider.
FULLY VACCINATED: Vaccinated persons having exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are currently not required to officially quarantine. However, they are asked to wear a mask in all indoor public places for 14 day or for 5 days if they test negative on the 5th day following the exposure if the following points are met:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
- Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19.
NOT FULLY VACCINATED: If you are a close contact and you are not fully vaccinated, you need to quarantine. Quarantine can end after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Or, it can end after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and you have a negative test on days 5, 6 or 7 after exposure.
Students: If you live in university housing, you MUST be moved to quarantine housing. If you live in a university apartment with fully vaccinated roommates, you may be able to remain there IF APPROVED by the UCA contact tracing team. If you live off campus, you may quarantine at your off campus residence.
If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over again. If you develop symptoms while in quarantine, you should test as soon as possible. If the test returns positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself.
Students: You are required to email the UCA Contact Tracing Team at email@example.com to inform them that you have a close contact that has tested positive. They will assist you with the quarantine process. If you have already been contacted by the UCA Contact Tracing team, sending an additional email is not necessary.
Faculty and Staff: The Arkansas Department of Health should call you within a few days to make sure you are aware of your potential exposure and advise you on next steps.
Students: The UCA Contact Tracing Team will issue you a quarantine letter. You may receive a second call from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to follow up on your quarantine process.
Notifying Instructors and Supervisors
Students: Notify your instructors that you have been placed in quarantine in accordance with Arkansas Department of Health regulations. Email your instructor the quarantine letter issued by the UCA Contact Tracing Team if the instructor has questions or requests proof of your status.
Faculty and Staff: Inform your supervisor that you have been placed in quarantine in accordance with Arkansas Department of Health regulations. Do not come back to work until your established quarantine period is completed.
Students should not come to class if they are awaiting COVID-19 test results. All classes are being designed to support remote learning to ensure that students can continue their studies while in quarantine or isolation.
I was a close contact of someone at UCA who tested positive for COVID-19, but I do not think they listed me as their close contact. I never received an email notification that I was their close contact. What should I do?
UCA will provide face coverings to any student or employee that requires one.
Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until considered recovered by a medical professional.
We have isolation and quarantine housing plans in place to safely support any students living on campus who either test positive for COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. We have multiple buildings that are dedicated to serving students who are required to quarantine and need to remain in campus housing. Additionally, we have other university-owned housing to isolate those who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and need to remain on campus.
Should a student need to be moved to isolation or quarantine housing, UCA Health Clinic staff will transport them via open-air golf cart or shuttle. There, a full staff will be dedicated to addressing students’ needs, including medical care and daily check-ups, food service, and basic errands. Students will also be able to participate in organized, socially distanced activities for physical and social health.
Remember, if you are sick, do not attend class.