Isolation is for those who are sick
Individuals who are sick/experiencing symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 test results
or have received a positive test result, are asked to isolate from others. Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (tested positive), from people who are not infected.
Students and employees who are in isolation cannot attend class, go to student events, use the dinning halls, or report to work.
Who should Isolate?
How long should I stay in isolation or quarantine?
- People who have tested positive for SARS-COV-2
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and can recover at home
- People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-COV-2
- Until you are released by your health professional, the Arkansas Department of Health or the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences or
You can end your isolation once you meet the following requirements:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Symptoms have improved
If you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen, your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days.
Quarantine is for those who may have been exposed
Anyone tested after being identified as a close contact with someone who has received
a positive test result is required to quarantine for 14-days from the last contact
date, regardless of test results. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have have been exposed (contact) to COVID-19 away from others. Students in quarantine will be temporarily located for 14 days after their last exposure to the infected patient. A nurse from the UAPB Student Health Services or the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will monitor the students for symptoms of COVID-19. For additional information, on how to count your 14-day quarantine see the CDC page: When to start and end quarantine.
ADH requires a person exposed to COVID-19 to complete a 14-day quarantine period, even though they may have a negative test result during the quarantine period.