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Reporting COVID-19 Cases


To keep our college community informed, NWACC is monitoring positive COVID-19 cases at its Bentonville and Springdale locations and is posting weekly notifications below. NWACC is also working closely with public health officials to process positive cases and notify those who were in close contact with the diagnosed individual(s). 

The case information listed below includes individuals who have been confirmed as having been at an NWACC location and have tested positive for COVID-19. 

2021 On-Campus Cases

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
12/18 - 1/7 1
1/8 - 1/14 1
1/15 - 1/21 2
1/22 -1/28 2
1/29 - 2/4 2
2/5 - 2/11 1
2/12 - 2/18 0
2/19 - 2/25 0
2/26 - 3/4 0
3/5 - 3/11 1
3/12 - 3/18 0
3/19 - 3/25 0
3/26 - 4/1 0
4/2 - 4/8 0
4/9 - 4/15 0
4/16 - 4/22 0
4/23 - 4/29 0
4/30 - 5/6 0
5/7 - 5/13 0
5/14 - 6/3 1
6/4 - 6/10 1
6/11 - 6/17 0
6/18 - 6/24 1
6/25 - 7/1 1

 

Time Period New Positive Case Count
7/2 - 7/8 0
7/9 - 7/15 1
7/16 - 7/22 0
7/23 - 7/29 3
7/30 - 8/5 0
8/6 - 8/12 2
8/13- 8/19 1
8/20 - 8/26 5
8/27 - 9/2 15
9/3 -9/9 8
9/10 - 9/16 8

 

 

2020 On-Campus Cases

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
11/26 - 12/3 3
12/4 - 12/10 3
12/11-12/17 0
12/18 - 1/7 1

 

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
10/30 - 11/5 3
11/6 - 11/12 2
11/13 - 11/19 5
11/20 - 11/25 4
11/26 - 12/3 3

 

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
10/2 - 10/8 2
10/9 - 10/15 2
10/16 - 10/22 1
10/23 - 10/29 4
10/30 - 11/5 3

 

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
9/4 - 9/10 0
9/11 - 9/17 2
9/18 - 9/24 0
9/25 - 10/1 7

 

Time Period New Positive Cases Reported
8/7 - 8/13 0
8/14 - 8/20 0
8/21 - 8/27 2
8/28 - 9/3 0

 

 

Clery Act - Emergency Notification

Required Emergency Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases/Limited Exposure at NWACC

9.27.20

NWACC was notified that a college member has tested positive for COVID-19 and limited potential exposure has occurred on campus. The college member has isolated, according to CDC and local public health guidelines. Contact tracing is being coordinated through NWACC’s Human Resources and UAMS. Those in the college community who may have been exposed/ come into close contact with the positive case have been notified directly and given further instructions to prevent the spread. Additional and thorough disinfection of college areas also occurred immediately.

As part of Clery Act requirements for all colleges, NWACC is required to send this initial Emergency Notification* to students and employees of a positive COVID-19 case(s) at NWACC that has caused limited potential exposure to other college members.

Reminder: Notifications of confirmed positive cases at NWACC locations are available through the college’s coronavirus website, on the web page: www.nwacc.edu/coronaviruscases

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in our local community and state, please remember to continue to strengthen your personal health protection:

  • It is encouraged to wear a face covering over one’s mouth and nose at NWACC, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible
  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Do not schedule or conduct face-to-face meetings; utilize Microsoft Teams and phone meetings.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-used surfaces.
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick.

COVID-19 REPORTING REMINDER:

If you have experienced ANY of the following: 

  • Symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 and/or
  • May have been exposed to (in close contact with) another person who has tested positive to COVID-19.

DO NOT come to campus until you have been directed to do so by the Dean of Students office (if student) or Human Resources (if an employee).

 If you are a student:

  • Report this information by emailing the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@nwacc.edu
  • Email your instructor(s) to let them know you have experienced one (or more) of the items on the list above and cannot come to campus

If you are an employee:

  • Report this information by emailing Human Resources at COVIDhelp@nwacc.edu
  • If you are an instructor and have an in-person/face-to-face class on campus, notify your students that the class is moving online or to remote synchronous.

COVID-19 affects all age groups - even college-aged students - and the social distancing and face covering guidelines are to protect yourself and care for others as well. Please do your part in keeping our college community safe.

*NOTE: Under appropriate circumstances, the NWACC Department of Public Safety will issue emergency notifications, and/or timely warnings regarding criminal activity or safety issues concerning campus as required by law.



FAQs - Reporting COVID-19 Exposure/Cases

What kind of symptoms may be related to COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Where do I report if I’ve been exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19?

I’m told that I need to report to Human Resources or the Dean of Student office if I’ve been exposed/in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, but what qualifies being “exposed”? 

View the CDC website to learn more about what "exposure" to COVID-19 means and when to quarantine and/or isolate.  

What happens if I report my positive case/exposure to Human Resources or to the Dean of Students office late at night or on the weekend? 

Your email will be received and you will get an automatic response instructing you to do the following:

  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS/NWACC LOCATIONS
  • If you are a student, email your instructor(s) to let them know you have COVID-19 symptoms, been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and/or diagnosed with COVID-19 and cannot come to campus.
  • If you are an instructor and have an in-person/face-to-face class on campus, notify your students that the class is moving online or to remote synchronous.
  • View a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in NWA at www.nwacouncil.org/testing.
  • Human Resources/Dean of Student office will follow up with you once they return to the office.
  • NWACC Counseling and Wellness Center’s mental health services are available online. Contact counseling@nwacc.edu to set up an appointment.

When should I get tested for COVID-19? 

Get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms – fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, etc. – or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS and contact Human Resources/ Dean of Students office to notify them of symptoms, exposure and/or positive test results. 

Where do NWACC students/employees get tested for COVID-19? 

View a listing of COVID-19 testing sites in NWA at www.nwacouncil.org/testing.

Isolation: Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick (cdc.gov). Example: A person who lives in your home is diagnosed with COVID-19. This person needs to be isolated to a separate room and bathroom in the house, if possible.

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were diagnosed with and/or exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick (cdc.gov). 

View the CDC website to learn more about what "exposure" to COVID-19 means and when to quarantine and/or isolate.  

How is a student/employee notified if they’ve been exposed to an individual at NWACC who has tested positive for COVID-19? 

The college’s Human Resources or Dean of Students office will notify individuals who were exposed to an individual while at NWACC who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, a person who has been exposed to a known positive case may also be contacted by the Arkansas Department of Health and/or UAMS.

If I test positive for COVID-19, do I notify my coworkers/other students who I may have exposed while at NWACC for the last several days? 

Be sure to first report this information to Human Resources or Dean of Students office. They will then notify individuals who were exposed to someone while at NWACC who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.