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    What to do if you get sick


What to Do if You Have Symptoms of COVID-19


If you have symptoms that you suspect may be related to COVID-19, employees should not report to work and students should not attend in-person classes or participate in campus activities. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature above 100.4, or have a known exposure to anyone with confirmed COVID-19, quarantine immediately. If you are not in immediate distress, treat your symptoms if needed (such as acetaminophen/ibuprofen for fever) while contacting a medical provider for further advice.

Students

If you are sick, do not attend in-person classes or participate in campus activities. Complete the Student Health Services COVID-19 online screening form to receive a phone call for further guidance. Communicate with your instructors regarding being absent from class. For more information, contact Student Health Services.

Employees

If you are sick, do not report to work. Communicate with your supervisor regarding being absent from work. Contact Human Resources to receive assistance in making decisions regarding symptom resolution and return to work.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19


Students: Notify the Office of Student Life at studentlife@harding.edu or 501-279-4332.

Employees: Notify your immediate supervisor and Human Resources.

Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 should:

ISOLATE: Do not attend class, report to work, or participate in any activities with others.

Follow the instructions of the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education protocols for contact tracing; Zach Neal, Assistant VP and Dean of Students, is the Harding contact with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in following state protocols regarding contact tracing.

Be prepared to share details of your specific circumstances including names and information regarding those with whom you’ve been in close contact, defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without a cloth face mask, over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset until the time you are isolated. View this graphic to understand the definition of close contacts and the impact of interaction with a close contact to a COVID-positive individual.

Quarantine and Isolation

Those who have been in close contact — defined as someone within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, with or without a cloth face mask, over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset until the time the person who has tested positive is isolated — of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result must be quarantined. Those who test positive for COVID-19 must be isolated. Click here for more information from CDC on quarantine and isolation.

All students who are awaiting test results, experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been directed by the Arkansas Department of Health to submit to quarantine are to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC. Should this occur, students must notify the Office of Student Life at studentlife@harding.edu or 501-279-4331 in order to facilitate alternative housing and meal delivery as deemed necessary in each situation. A Student Life administrator and/or a registered nurse in Student Health Services will maintain ongoing communication with all students who are quarantined or isolated.

On-campus Student Quarantine

Students will be placed in a designated room in a residence hall and will not be able to leave or have visitors. Quarantine guidelines are as follows:

Safest method is to quarantine for 14 days. Using the date of close contact as Day 0, an individual is released from quarantine on day 15.

Using the day of close contact as Day 0, an individual can be released from quarantine after the completion of Day 10 if no symptoms have developed.

Using the day of close contact as Day 0, a student (or employee) can return to class (or work) upon completion of Day 7 if a negative test has been received and no symptoms have developed. The earliest day to get a test for consideration is on Day 5 of the quarantine.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Health's detailed description of quarantine.

On-campus Student Isolation

Students will be confined in a designated room in a residence hall. Isolation lasts 10 days from either onset of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test AND continues until: you are fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications) AND symptoms are improved.

Meals will be delivered to students in on-campus quarantine or isolation and classes will shift to remote participation.

Off-campus Isolation and Quarantine

Off-campus students will quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residence. Using the day of close contact as Day 0, a student (or employee) can return to class (or work) after the completion of Day 10 of the quarantine and having had no symptoms. Using the day of close contact as Day 0, a student (or employee) can return to class  (or work) upon completion of Day 7 if a negative test has been received and no symptoms have occurred. The earliest day to get a test for consideration is on Day 5 of the quarantine.