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COVID – What to do

Updated: February 8, 2022


This page contains current guidance for our campus community. If you have questions, please contact Health Services at health@ualr.edu or 501-916-3188.

-> Isolation and quarantine details are provided at the bottom of this page. <-


What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Close Contact:
Being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (within a 24 hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Monoclonal antibody therapy:
Ask your doctor if monoclonal antibody therapy is right for you (scroll down on that page).
If You Are A… Follow These Steps:
Student Living in Campus Housing
  1. Report your results at this link.
  2. Call Campus Living at 501-916-3743 for instructions on isolating. Do not go in person.
  3. Review isolation protocols below.
  4. Notify your instructors that you are in isolation if you have face-to-face classes.
  5. Remain isolated. You’ll be contacted by someone in Health Services about your release date and other relevant information.
Student Living Off Campus
  1. Report your results at this link.
  2. Go home and isolate immediately.
  3. Review isolation protocols below.
  4. Notify your instructors that you are in isolation if you have face-to-face classes.
  5. Remain isolated. You’ll be contacted by someone in Health Services about your release date and other relevant information.
Faculty or Staff Member
  1. Report your results at this link.
  2. Go home and isolate immediately.
  3. Review isolation protocols below.
  4. Notify your supervisor that you are in isolation.
  5. Remain isolated. You’ll be contacted by someone in Health Services about your release date and other relevant information.

What to do if you’re identified as a close contact and

  1. you’re NOT vaccinated or
  2. you’re partially vaccinated or
  3. you have been fully vaccinated and are due for your booster
Close Contact:
Being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (within a 24 hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

You are automatically considered a close contact if someone in your dorm or household tests positive.

If You Are A… Follow These Steps:
Student Living in Campus Housing
  1. Immediately call Campus Living at 501-916-3743 for instructions on where to quarantine. Do not go in person. If you are in your dorm room already, quarantine in place until you talk to Campus Living.
  2. Review quarantine protocols below.
  3. Notify your instructors that you are in quarantine if you have face-to-face classes.
  4. Call Health Services or your medical provider if you have questions or become symptomatic (fever 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, or loss of smell or taste).
  5. You may get tested 2-3 days after the date of exposure.
    1. If your test is negative: You must still complete your quarantine period.
    2. If your test is positive: Report your results online.
Student Living Off Campus
  1. Go home and quarantine immediately.
  2. Review quarantine protocols below.
  3. Notify your instructors that you are in quarantine if you have face-to-face classes.
  4. Call Health Services or your medical provider if you have questions or become symptomatic (fever 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, or loss of smell or taste).
  5. You may get tested 2-3 days after the date of exposure.
    1. If your test is negative: You must still complete your quarantine period of 10 days.
    2. If your test is positive: Report your results online.
Faculty or Staff Member
  1. Go home and quarantine immediately. 
  2. Review isolation protocols below.
  3. Notify your supervisor that you are in quarantine.
  4. Call Health Services or your medical provider if you have questions or become symptomatic (fever 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, or loss of smell or taste).
  5. You may get tested 2-3 days after the date of exposure.

What to do if you’re identified as a close contact and

  1. you ARE fully vaccinated and boosted or
  2. you have been fully vaccinated and are within six months of your second shot (Pfizer or Moderna) or within two months of your Johnson & Johnson shot or
  3. you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days
Close Contact:
Being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes (within a 24 hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

You are automatically considered a close contact if someone in your dorm or household tests positive.

If You Are A… Follow These Steps:
Student, Faculty Member, or Staff
  1. Get tested at least 5 days after the last date of exposure even if you don’t develop symptoms.
  2. Wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure.
  3. Go into quarantine if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. According to CDC guidance, there is no need to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic, but use your judgment on doing what is best for you in that regard.
  4. Call Health Services or your medical provider if you have questions or become symptomatic (fever 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, or loss of smell or taste).

What To Do If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19:
Onset of fever 100.4° F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shakes with chills, loss of smell or taste, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
If You Are A… Follow These Steps:
Student Living in Campus Housing
  1. Stay in your room in Campus Living while you’re symptomatic.
  2. Notify your instructors that you’ll miss class.
  3. Speak with Health Services or your medical provider about getting tested.
    If you choose not to be tested, you may return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    If you choose to be tested, notify Campus Living and stay home until you get test results.

    • If your test is negative: Return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    • If your test is positive: Report your results online and isolate (see isolation protocols below).
Student Living Off Campus
  1. Stay home while you’re symptomatic.
  2. Notify your instructors that you’ll miss class.
  3. Speak with Health Services or your medical provider about getting tested.
    If you choose not to be tested, you may return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    If you choose to be tested, stay home until you get test results.

    • If your test is negative: Return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    • If your test is positive: Report your results online and isolate (see isolation protocols below).
Faculty or Staff Member
  1. Stay home while you’re symptomatic.
  2. Notify your supervisor that you’re ill and are staying home.
  3. Speak with Health Services or your medical provider about getting tested.
    If you choose not to be tested, you may return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    If you choose to be tested, stay home until you get test results.

    • If your test is negative: Return to campus when your symptoms are gone.
    • If your test is positive: Report your results online and isolate (see isolation protocols below).

Isolation Protocols

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must be isolated for a minimum of 5 days. Isolation can end at that time for those who are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms are improving.
  • For those who test positive and do not have symptoms, isolation can end after 5 days.
  • All individuals who test positive, regardless of whether they have been symptomatic, must wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time they are around others. Face masks continue to be required indoors where physical distancing can’t be assured and are required in all classroom/lab and advising spaces.
  • Health Services continues to perform case investigations for employees and students that test positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine Protocols

  • Individuals identified as a close contact for COVID-19 who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations must be quarantined for a minimum of 5 days. Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • On day 5 following COVID-19 exposure, individuals who are a close contact for COVID-19 should get tested. Rapid tests are available in Health Services by appointment. If the test is positive, individuals must report the test result and Health Services will follow up. Regardless of the test result, individuals should continue to watch for symptoms until 10 days after the exposure.
  • Close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time they are around others. Face masks continue to be required indoors where physical distancing can’t be assured and are required in all classroom/lab and advising spaces.