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Travel and Events During COVID-19


NWACC has suspended all internal and external events as well as college-sponsored in-state and out-of-state travel until further notice.

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

Restrictions regarding study abroad and personal travel can be found below.

 

More Travel Information:

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

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.

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/