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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. 

On-Campus Cases

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
9/3 - 9/10 0
9/11 - 9/17 2
9/18 - 9/24 0
9/25 - 10/1 7
10/2 - 10/8 2
10/9 - 10/15 2
10/16 - 10/22 1
10/23 - 10/29 4

 

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 mandatory 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”? 

A potential “exposure” means you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of an individual with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 while not wearing a face covering for a total of 15 minutes or more.

Examples of exposure/close contact:

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact (hugged or kissed them) with an individual who has COVID-19
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils with an individual who has COVID-19
  • Someone with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

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.
  • Get FREE testing at the Benton County or Washington County Health Unit and let them know that you are part of the NWACC community (this will assist with contact tracing efforts).
  • 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? 

To get FREE testing, the college recommends going to the Benton County or Washington County health units. BE SURE to notify the health unit personnel that you are a part of the NWACC community.

Local Testing Sites:

Benton County Health Unit
1200 W. Walnut Street Suite 2200
Rogers, AR 72756
479-986-1300
Office Hours:
Mon - Wed & Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thurs, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m

Washington County Health Unit
3270 Wimberly Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703
479-521-8181
Office Hours:
Mon - Wed & Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thurs, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


 

Exposure means having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic. 

What counts as close contact:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more without a mask or appropriate face covering
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

  • If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Stay home until 14 days after your last contact.
  • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19, stay home until after three days with no fever, symptoms improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, stay home until after 10 days have passed since your positive test. If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

 

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.