March 23, 2020
Dear UAPB Family:
On Sunday, we learned that a member of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff community has been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case within our campus community.
It is believed that the student contracted the virus from someone who also tested positive. The student has been and continues to be self-quarantined off-campus. We pray for the student’s speedy recovery, and we pray for the wellbeing of all those around the country and beyond our borders who are fighting the virus.
UAPB is coordinating our COVID-19 response efforts with the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas system and will provide new information and updates as they become known to our campus. The Department of Health will notify those with whom the student had contact on the measures they need to take to monitor their health.
On March 11, out of an abundance of caution to protect our students, faculty and staff, UAPB moved classes online and restricted access to the campus. This week is spring break, and students are asked to schedule a time to move out of their on-campus housing, now through April 3, at www.uapb.edu/moveout.
In addition, many of our faculty and staff are also working remotely with the exception of a limited number of employees required to maintain essential services on campus.
Please be safe and remain vigilant in practicing preventive measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Practice social distancing – avoiding group activities or outings – and wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer and use it when you cannot wash your hands. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Disinfect surfaces that can be contaminated such as desks, phones, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.
We must all take responsibility for own health and the health of others. If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches or other flu-like symptoms, call your medical provider for guidance. Do not show up without calling first.
If you have any questions, please cmail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (870) 575-HELP.
And again, be vigilant in protecting yourself and others.
Laurence Alexander, J.D. Ph. D