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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Information

ASU-Beebe is committed to protecting the health and safety of the Vanguard community while continuing to remain focused on our mission to "Transform Lives Through Quality Learning Experiences". This page is intended to provide important resources and information, as well as answer any questions that the Vanguard community may have regarding COVID-19. 

As we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to assess and adjust our procedures while making respectful decisions based on guidance and recommendations by public health authorities. Our decisions are subject to change to adapt to new pandemic conditions that may arise, including the rise of the COVID-19 Omicron subvariant BA.2.

As of February 25,2022, face coverings are no longer required on the campuses of ASU-Beebe. ASU-Beebe supports social distancing, and masks are welcomed on campus. In all cases, employees and students will respect and comply with any employee, student, or guest's request for social distancing. 

Click here to complete the ASU-Beebe COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

 

COVID-19 Dashboard Report

Arkansas State University-Beebe is committed to its role as a leader in our communities. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. This dashboard provides updates regarding positive cases on campus and the College's effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All information and data is subject to change. 

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About the Report

These figures are based on self-reporting to ASU-Beebe. They also include cases which may have been initially reported and confirmed through the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) or UAMS, and forwarded to ASU-Beebe. Cases reported through the ASU-Beebe COVID-19 Self-Reporting form are included in these totals. 

Due to increases in testing and reporting to other agencies, and the possibility that not all cases are self-reported, or relayed from other public sources to ASU-beebe, the information above may not include all cases of COVID-19 among the ASU-Beebe community. Data reflected in this dashboard will be updated every Tuesday by 5:00 p.m. 

Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Reporting

Additional data and reports are available on the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) COVID-19 Reports page, and ADH Dashboard. Numbers are subject to lab corrections and lag time adjustments. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Data Tracker

Find maps and charts tracking cases, trends, and additional information regarding COVID-19 in the United States on the CDC COVID-19 Data tracker page.

 

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Information and Updates for Students

Classroom Protocols

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What to do if you are sick

If you have developed signs of ANY infectious illness, including symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact your health care provider for testing and care. 

Information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 can be found in the Testing and Tracing section. 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are optional in all campus spaces and are not required. ASU-Beebe supports social distancing, and masks are welcomed on campus. In all cases, employees and students will respect and comply with any employee, student, or guest's request for social distancing. 

Isolation Housing

ASU-Beebe has isolation housing plans in place to safely support on-campus residents in Legacy and Horizon Halls for students who test positive for COVID-19. WE have multiple rooms dedicated to serving students who are required to isolate and remain in campus housing. 

should a student need to be moved to an isolation room, staff will be dedicated to addressing students' needs, daily check-ups, food service, and basic errands. 

Remember, if you are sick, refrain from attending class. 

Hand Sanitizing and Personal Hygiene

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Read more about when and how to wash your hands

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Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing

Custodians are cleaning buildings, classrooms, and restrooms on a daily basis and are focusing on wiping down all contact points such as sinks, door knobs/handles, elevator buttons, toilets, faucets, light switches, etc. Hand sanitizing stations can be found in hallways and other locations across campus. It is recommended that you frequently wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Students should bring their own daily cleaning supplies, such as disinfectant sprays and wipes, to perform routine cleaning of countertops, sinks and shared bathrooms in private or suite setups. 

Outdoor WI-FI Hotspots

ASU-Beebe has designated a number of indoor and outdoor spaces for students to study and participate in their online classes should they need to on campus. The college has strategically placed hotspots across the campus for maximum coverage. 

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Information and Updates for Employees

Employee Protocols

Self-Reporting Form
Face Coverings 

Face coverings are optional in all campus spaces and are not required. ASU-Beebe supports social distancing, and masks are welcomed on our campuses. In all cases, employees will respect and comply with any employee, student, or guest's request for social distancing. 

What to do if you are sick

Employees experiencing symptoms of ANY illness or infectious disease will not come to campus until symptom free for 24 hours and/or until a healthcare provider provides a diagnosis of a non-communicable illness. 

Employees must be aware of and daily self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms such as: cough, congestion, fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, etc. 

  1. Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 will not come to campus. The employee must complete the ASU-Beebe Self-Reporting Form on the ASU-Beebe Coronavirus Information page. The Director of Human Resources or designee will contact the employee once the form is received. Employees are also encouraged to notify their supervisors of the reason for the absence and to consult their healthcare provider. 
  2. Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 may not return to work until cleared by Human Resources to do so. 

Information on what to do if you test positive can be found in the Testing and Tracing section. 

COVID-19 Employee Leave Request

In some cases, remote work may be offered at the discretion of the supervisor and supervising member of Executive Council. Remote work is not an employee entitlement and may not be possible/suitable for all positions or situations. Requests must be approved by the Director of Human Resources before the employee is authorized to be placed on a remote work plan. 

To request COVID-19 leave for absences related to COVID-19 (when remote work is not possible), please complete the COVID-19 Employee Leave Request Form and submit to your supervisor prior to leave or as soon as possible after leave commences. Verbal notice will be accepted until a form can be completed. You MUST submit supporting documentation to be eligible for COVID-19 leave.

 Hand Sanitizing and Personal Hygiene

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy Read more about when and how to wash your hands.

Handwashing Photo

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing

Custodians are cleaning buildings, classrooms, offices, and restrooms on a daily basis and are focusing on wiping down all contact points such as sinks, door knobs/handles, elevator buttons, toilets, faucets, light switches, etc. Hand sanitizing stations can be found in hallways and other locations across campus. It is recommended that you frequently wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

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Vaccine Information

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Arkansas?

All Arkansans age 5 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. 

How can I get the vaccine?

Eligible Arkansans can make an appointment at a community pharmacy. Vaccine clinics may also be available in your area through hospitals and local health care providers. Click here for a list of clinics.

When can I get a booster shot?

On January 4, 2022, the CDC updated its recommendation for when many people can receive a booster shot, shortening the interval from 6 months to 5 months for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Visit the CDC website to review eligibility guidelines for receiving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. 

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Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccines?

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has published an informative guide that covers common questions and answers regarding the COVID-19 vaccines at COVID-19 Vaccine FAQS.

 

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The ASU-Beebe Office of Human Resources has the capability to test 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). 

COVID-19 rapid antigen testing is available during normal operating hours Monday through Friday. Testing is fast, easy, and confidential. To make an appointment, call (501) 882-4469. 

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, please complete the ASU-Beebe COVID-19  Self-Reporting Form and a member of the ASU-Beebe staff will advise you of your next steps. 

Isolate yourself immediately, and do not return to campus until you have met the following CDC recommendations. 

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
    • Stay home for 5 days. 
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you may return to campus. 
    • It is recommended that you continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.  

What to do if you have been designated as a close contact or have been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

As knowledge and resources have evolved during the pandemic, our response to COVID-19 has been modified to balance the educational and physical well-being of students at ASU-Beebe. Quarantine for students who are identified as probable close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 individual, are no longer required to quarantine or restrict from campus.

Please review the following guidance regarding exposure to a COVID-19 positive person or if you are exhibiting symptoms of ANY infectious illness, including COVID-19:

  • It is recommended that you wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 (the last date of close contact is considered day 0) and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others to reduce transmission risk. 
  • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact. If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself from other people and complete a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
  • If you have been confirmed as COVID-19 positive, please inform any members of the campus community that you may have been in direct contact with, to complete the COVID-19 Self-reporting Form.
  • If you develop signs of ANY infectious illness, stay home, and contact your healthcare provider for testing and care. While you have not been placed in quarantine and restricted from campus, wait until your symptoms have improved or resolved and you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to campus. 
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus. Please call (501) 882-4469 to coordinate testing.

Quarantine and Isolation Letters

The ASU-Beebe contact tracing team will issue isolation letters as needed. Notify your instructors or supervisors that you have been placed in isolation in accordance with Arkansas Department of Health and CDC recommendations. Email your instructors or supervisor the isolation letter issued by the ASU-Beebe contact tracing team, sending an additional email is not necessary. 

ASU-Beebe no longer places students, faculty, or staff members in quarantine based on exposure or symptoms of COVID-19. Please review the above guidance on how to proceed. 

 

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Campus meeting update

Individuals seeking to reserve a space on our campuses or plan an event must contact the Office of Student Life directly (event@asub.edu or 501-882-4491) to discuss arrangements and facility needs. 

External College Events

In order to engage in official travel for ASU-Beebe, each traveler must adhere to the published Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations regarding testing, quarantine, and isolation, which may currently be found at the following links:

Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

International Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Should the CDC modify its guidance, ASU-Beebe will update its procedures to align with published CDC guidance. 

In some instances, an outside entity or partner (third-party, not ASU-Beebe) may require vaccination, masking, testing, and/or other health-related requirements in order for a student or employee to participate in an activity. These activities may include, but are not limited to, clinicals, off-campus events, travel, etc. If the student or employee wishes to participate in the activity, then they must follow those third-party requirements. 

Internal College Events

All internal offices/ departments/ programs of ASU-Beebe are required to submit event requests (i.e., meetings, gatherings, activities and facility), for on all ASU-Beebe campuses to the Office of Student Life for review and approval by using the Room and Event Request Form on the Campus Event Calendar page of the ASU-Beebe website. 

  1. Internal campus meetings and events may schedule space without a social distance plan. In all cases, the meetings and events should utilize space where social distancing can be arranged for the number of attendees. 
  2. External meetings and events that expect 100 attendees or more require Chancellor's approval. Organizers of external meetings should contact the Office of Student Life, event@asub.edu before planning to host their event on campus.  

The college’s food service provider, Great Western Dining, Inc., will continue food service and catering during this period. Meeting coordinators can contact Food Service Director Tim Brenner directly (tlbrenner@asub.edu or 501.882.4430) to make catering arrangements for on-campus (events after March 30, 2020) and off campus sites. 

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Where can I find current public health information about COVID-19, such as current variants, vaccines, Post-COVID conditions, and other health impacts?

Visit COVID.gov to find COVID-19 guidance for your community and resources about masks, treatments, vaccines, and testing. 

You can also visit the CDC COVID-19 Science Agenda website for additional information about health equity, vaccines, current variants, prevention strategies, and other information regarding the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive?

If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis through the ASU-Beebe Office of Human Resources, or your primary healthcare provider, Human Resources staff or your healthcare provider will advise you of your next steps. You should contact your healthcare provider should you have any medical concerns or health-related questions. Refer to "Testing and Tracing" on this page for additional information. 

Can I get a COVID-19 test on campus?

Yes. ASU-Beebe has the capability to test students, faculty, and 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 college has rapid antigen testing available on the Beebe, Searcy, and Heber Springs campuses. The onsite test takes about 10 minutes to yield results. Testing is fast, easy, and confidential. To make an appointment, call (501) 882-4469. If you have medical questions, please contact your healthcare provider.

What if I need to get tested over the weekend or after-hours?

Students who need medical assistance during the weekend, after hours, or on holidays should contact their residence hall assistant, contact their healthcare provider, or go to one of the walk-in clinics in town for medical care. If you have a COVID-19 question that is non-urgent, you can send it to kgray@asub.edu and the Emergency Management Coordinator or designee will answer you within 24 hours. 

I was a close contact of someone at ASU-Beebe who tested positive for COVID-19, but I never received an email notification that I was their close contact. What should I do?

ASU-Beebe no longer contact traces COVID-19 exposures. If you are unsure of how to proceed, complete the ASU-Beebe Self-Reporting Form and the Emergency Management Coordinator or designee will answer you within 24 hours. 

I was a close contact of someone outside of the ASU-Beebe community who tested positive for COVID-19. How do I alert ASU-Beebe that I am considered a close contact and may potentially have COVID-19?

ASU-Beebe no longer contact traces COVID-19 exposures. If you are unsure of how to proceed, complete the ASU-Beebe Self-Reporting Form and the Emergency Management Coordinator or designee will answer you within 24 hours. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Face coverings are optional in all campus spaces and are not required. ASU-Beebe supports social distancing, and masks are welcomed on our campuses. In all cases, employees and students will respect and comply with any employee, student, or guest's request for social distancing.

Will ASU-Beebe be notified of positive COVID-19 cases on campus?

ASU-Beebe reports active COVID-19 cases on the COVID-19 Dashboard. The data is updated bi-weekly and includes the total students living on-campus; total students living off-campus; total employees; total vendors/contractors; and cumulative totals. 

What is the difference between "isolation" and "quarantine"?

Quarantine: According to current CDC definitions,  quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The practice of quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Isolation: According to current CDC definitions,  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. 

If I need to go into isolation and cannot go home, what do I do?

If you are an on-campus resident in Legacy or Horizon Halls, we have isolation housing plans in place to safely support students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19. We have multiple rooms dedicated to serving students who are required to isolate and need to remain in campus housing. 

Should a student need to be moved to an isolation room, staff will be dedicated to addressing students' needs, daily check-ups, food service, and basic errands.

FAQs for IT Support to Alternative Instruction Methods/Remote Learning

The ASU-Beebe Information Technology Department will continue with normal operations and remain diligent in ensuring that all students have the technological resources that they need.

Should additional ITS assistance be needed, please contact the ITS Helpdesk by email at helpdesk@asub.edu or via phone at 501-882-8999.

Add Text Notification to Canvas - Some students may not have access to internet at all times due to where they live, so adding a text notification to Canvas is a good option to keep you informed when instructors post new material, or there are announcements regarding course assignments.  Here is a How-To guide for setting up text message notifications for your Canvas courses. 

 

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ASU-Beebe Update 45 - Mask Mandate Rescinded Protocol

ASU-Beebe Update 44 - Vanguard Community Protocols

ASU-Beebe Update 43 - Vanguard Community Protocols

ASU-Beebe Update 42 - Covid19 and Vaccination Status

ASU-Beebe Update 41 - Vaccination Clinic Reminders 

ASU-Beebe Update 40 - Facemask Requirement and Protocol on All Campuses

ASU-Beebe Update 39 - Vaccination Clinics for Employees and families, and ASUB Students

ASU-Beebe Update 38 - ASUB Extends Limitations on Meeting Space Use through Sept. 1, 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 37 - ASUB Academic Program and Learning Space Protocols for Summer - Fall 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 36 - Coronavirus Protocols for Employees - June 10, 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 35 - Vanguard Community Encouraged to Get Vaccine Now That Access is Open to all Adults

ASU-Beebe Update 34 - HEERF-2 Student Grant Awards Distribution Set for Week of April 5th

ASU-Beebe Update 33 - COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Available On-campus through May 6, 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 32 - Continued Requirement for Wearing Face Covering on ASU-Beebe Campuses

ASU-Beebe Update 31 - Student Vaccination Clinic for Group 1-C Eligible

ASU-Beebe Update 30 - Update Status on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants - Round 2

ASU-Beebe Update 29 - ASUB Extends Meeting Space Restrictions to June 1, 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 28 - Classroom Protocols for Spring 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 27 - ASU-Beebe Moving to Remote Learning after Nov. 20;  All Campuses to Remain Open for Services

ASU-Beebe Update 26 - Vanguard Community Encouraged to Continue Following COVID Protocols Off-Campus

ASU-Beebe Update 25 - ASUB Extends Meeting Space Restrictions to February 2021

ASU-Beebe Update 24 - ADH Reporting for Education Institutions

ASU-Beebe Update 23 - Protocol Reminder for Fall 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 22 - Classroom Protocols for Fall 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 21 - Changes to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

ASU-Beebe Update 20 - Protocol Regarding Venues, Gatherings, & Facility Use on ASU-Beebe Campuses

ASU-Beebe Update 19 - ASU-Beebe Return to Fall Classes, Open Registration Dates, Campus Tours Resume July 1

ASU-Beebe Update 18 - Faculty Update on Fall 2020 Class Instructional Planning

--Faculty Canvas Course Checklist for Fall 2020 Class Preparation

ASU-Beebe Update 17 - Summer Term II - All Classes Transitioning to Online or Internet Assisted

ASU-Beebe Update 16 - Fall 2020 Semester to Return to In-Person Classes on Campus

ASU-Beebe Update 15 - CARES Act - Funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants

ASU-Beebe Update 14 - Summer Semester Class Changes - April 14th

ASU-Beebe Update 13 - Guidance for Final Exams for Spring 2020 terms - April 7th

ASU-Beebe Update 12 - AMI for Remainder of Spring 2020 Semester - April 5th

ASU-Beebe Update 11 - Clery Notification of COVID-19 Case - April 4th

ASU-Beebe Update 10 - Alternative Methods of Instruction Extended to April 17th

ASU-Beebe Update 9 - Spring Break Update- All Services Moving Remotely Thru March 27

ASU-Beebe Update 8 - All Non-Essential Employees Work Remotely - March 19,2020

ASU-Beebe Update 7 - Heber Campus Only - March 16, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 6 - Meeting Space Cancellation - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 5 - Detail on Campus Status, Spring Break and Learning Support - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 4 - All ASU-Beebe Campuses Moving to AMI/Remote Instruction - March 15, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 3 - Establishment of Coronavirus Information Resources - March 13, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 2 - Vanguard Health Professions - Clinical Rotations Suspended - March 12, 2020

ASU-Beebe Update 1 - Vanguard Travel Information Update - March 12, 2020

ASU-Beebe: Message Regarding Precautions for Coronavirus - March 2, 2020

 

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