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Stay in the Know.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Stay in the Know.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please view an encouraging video message by NWACC President Dr. Jorgenson:

 

ATTENTION: Be sure to monitor your NWACC email to stay updated on NWACC’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Due to the fluidity of the situation, public relations emails will reach employees and students the quickest. Updates to the college's website: www.nwacc.edu/coronavirus will be done as quickly as possible. 

Student Resources: To access enrollment help and other services while taking courses online this spring and summer, visit our Student Resources page. Student Resources


UPDATE: 

Students: 

  • All spring courses at NWACC will be continued online for the duration of the spring 2020 semester. Your instructors will work with you on any information you need regarding the continuity of your online courses.

  • Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed, but will be scheduled for a later date, possibly in the summer. You will receive more information on this at a future date. 

  • Summer classes are offered online. 

  • Student Services such as registration, enrollment and advising will continue to be available online.

Employees:

  • NWACC employees will continue working remotely with a new target date of returning to campus on May 26th, and all courses will be continued online for the duration of spring and summer 2020 sessions.

  • NOTE: Your supervisor has been instructed to communicate with you on addressing work-related capabilities and needs so that you can extend your remote work beyond the original March 20th deadline.

Your flexibility and understanding is appreciated as our college community works to continue to offer quality higher education while keeping in mind the safety and health of our students and employees.  

Stay Updated

View NWACC's bi-weekly COVID-19 update reports.

COVID-19 Update Reports

 
COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. They can cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold; however, some can cause severe illness, like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little-to-no symptoms, to people becoming severely ill and dying.

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Transmission may also occur when a person touches a surface or object that has virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, new information about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing.

If you are sick with a respiratory illness, keep from spreading it to others:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, vaping devices or anything that can spread the virus to others.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 other than supportive care for symptoms.

  

Study Abroad / International / Domestic Travel:

NWACC is suspending all college-sponsored in-state and out-of-state travel until further notice effective immediately. Prior to May 1st, the college will reassess.

In the case of an extreme, unusual circumstance, an appeal may be made to the appropriate Vice-President.

In response to the CDC statement about Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education, NWACC is reviewing upcoming study abroad programs in countries with CDC Travel Notices with higher levels of risk for COVID-19.

The CDC and Department of State have issued a number of warnings referencing travel in and out of countries impacted by the COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, NWACC has decided to suspend its summer 2020 study abroad programs.

Summer 2020 study abroad programs include:

  • Spain - Germany
  • Italy
  • Belize

If you are an NWACC student who had planned to study abroad this summer, further details on refunds and future trip opportunities will be emailed to you. If you have questions, please reach out to studyabroad@nwacc.edu

If you have personal travel plans during Spring Break, please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly.

The CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. 

If you are planning to travel internationally during spring break, you can find current information about the risks from the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. The CDC warns against travel to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan, and other countries may be added to the list at any time. 

Travelers should prepare for quarantines, or for other sudden and serious travel disruptions that could be imposed without warning. In this unprecedented climate, return travel to the U.S. from some destinations might be difficult.

 If you have traveled to an affected area in the past 14 days or have come into contact with someone who has traveled from an affected area, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recommends you self-isolate to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus to others. 

Learn about the difference between isolation and quarantine

You should also contact the ADH Outbreak Response section before or upon returning and they will guide you through the process. You can contact ADH at 501-537-8969.

If you begin to experience symptoms, contact your medical provider.

Additionally, make sure to do the following:

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when unable to wash hands.

UAMS offers FREE 24 hour online screening for COVID-19 at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your destination as the coronavirus situation in the US is changing rapidly.

While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels of local transmission.

If you travel, take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

  • All external events scheduled to be held at all NWACC sites will be cancelled or postponed. If you have made arrangements with various entities to hold an event on our campus at any of our sites during this time, please notify those entities immediately.

  • All large, internal events scheduled to be held at all NWACC sites will be cancelled or postponed. This includes the Employee Recognition Ceremony, the Administrative Assistants’ Tea and other similar events.

 

Additional Information:

NWACC is preparing for the potential of local transmission, aligning its prevention and preparation efforts with guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Arkansas Department of Health.  

Preventative actions being taken by NWACC:

  • NWACC courses have been moved online through the 2020 spring semester and summer session.
  • Employees are currently working remotely. 
  • NWACC facilities closed to the public for deep cleaning.
  • NWACC's hand sanitizer dispensers are full and operational in all NWACC buildings.
  • NWACC has purchased a limited supply of disinfecting wipes.
    • If your department/area is interested in helping prevent the spread of the flu virus, you may pick up a container of wipes from the facilities office or file a work order to have a container delivered. Quantities are limited, so we ask that you work in conjunction with your department, area or floor to share. This is not an assigned duty, rather, an option for volunteers to assist in helping prevent illness.

Practice social distancing:

Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices. The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure to infectious bacteria and viruses during a communicable disease outbreak.

The following strategies may be useful in conducting social distancing:

  • Adhere to public health hygienic recommendations by washing your hands after touching commonly used items or coming into contact with someone who is sick.
  • Proper hand washing involves scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Practice proper coughing or sneezing etiquette.
  • Properly dispose of anything that comes in contact with your mouth such as tissues or plastic eating utensils.
  • Avoid coming in contact with individuals displaying symptoms of illness.
  • If working in close proximity to other individuals, attempt to keep a distance of approximately three feet from the nearest person while working.
  • Avoid congregating in large public venues such as theaters or sporting events.

Students, please make note of the following instructions regarding what to do if you are absent from online class/coursework due to experiencing a general illness and/or if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

  • Students absent from class due to general illness

    • If you are experiencing a general illness, contact your instructor(s) regarding this illness. Your instructor will offer guidelines regarding making up work/class time based on NWACC procedures.

  • Students absent from class due to COVID-19

    • If you are diagnosed with or have been mandated to quarantine for COVID-19, report this information to the Dean of Students Office at 479-619-4234 or 479-619-4237 or via email to deanofstudents@nwacc.edu

    • The Dean of Students Office may require validation (written proof) from the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health, and/or from your local physician. NWACC will follow all guidelines with respect to protecting the privacy of your information.

    • The Dean of Students Office will notify the appropriate instructor(s) of any confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    • Your instructor will offer you guidelines regarding making up class/coursework based on NWACC procedures.

NWACC employees, please make note of the following instructions regarding what to do if you have a student who is absent from online class/coursework due to experiencing a general illness and/or if the student is diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

  • Students absent from class due to general illness

    • If a student reports a general illness to you, please follow guidelines for allowing the student to make up work/class time based on NWACC procedures already in place.

  • Students absent from class due to COVID-19

    • Reports of COVID-19 are to be reported by the student to the Dean of Students Office at 479-619-4234 or 479-619-4237 or via email to deanofstudents@nwacc.edu.

    • The Dean of Students Office may require the student to provide validation (written proof) from the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health, and/or from his or her local physician.

    • The Dean of Students Office will notify the appropriate faculty of any confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    • If a student reports that they have been diagnosed with the COVID-19, please work with the student regarding making up work/class time using current NWACC procedures already in place, plus any additional guidelines which may be set forth by NWACC in response to the COVID-19 virus.

If you experience flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning from an area impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone confirmed with COVID-19:

  • Contact your medical provider. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health care facility without calling first. This will ensure your provider can take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
  • Avoid using public transportation.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately. Do not use a handkerchief.
  • Avoid close contact with others to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Do not go to work or class. Students should make sure to contact their professors as soon as possible to make academic arrangements. Employees should notify their supervisors. 
  • Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

If symptoms continue to worsen, make sure to contact your medical provider immediately.

UAMS offers FREE 24 hour online screening for COVID-19 at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

Students: 

  • Reports of COVID-19 are to be reported by the student to the Dean of Students Office at 479-619-4234 or 479-619-4237 or via email to deanofstudents@nwacc.edu. 

  • The Dean of Students Office may require the student to provide validation (written proof) from the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health, and/or from his or her local physician.

  • The Dean of Students Office will notify the appropriate faculty of any confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • If a student reports that they have been diagnosed with the COVID-19, please work with the student regarding making up work/class time using current NWACC procedures already in place, plus any additional guidelines which may be set forth by NWACC in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Employees: 

  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please report this information to Human Resources at 479-619-2679 or 479-619-3138 or via email to hrhelp@nwacc.edu

  • HR may require you to provide validation (written proof) from the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health, and/or from your local physician.

There is currently no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Most people who have become infected experience mild illness and recover with supportive care, but COVID-19 can be more severe for others and should seek immediate medical attention.