University of Arkansas student tests positive for coronavirus

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A University of Arkansas student in Fayetteville has tested positive for coronavirus, school officials announced Monday.

“The student, who had recently been in contact with someone who had visited from out-of-state, is symptomatic and is in self-isolation off campus,” said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz in a letter released by the university. “Please keep this individual and all the others battling the virus across the nation and worldwide in your thoughts.”

In his letter, Steinmetz said most students are not on campus at this time because of spring break. Faculty and staff, he said, are working remotely with the exception of a limited number of employees required to maintain essential services on campus including health care, public safety and food-to-go for the limited number of students still on campus.

The school last week shifted to online and remote operations, and announced that on-campus housing will close on April 3.

Steinmetz said for the limited number of people on campus, the Pat Walker Health Center remains open for medical services, but there are no walk-in or online appointments being taken at this time. Instead, all appointments must be scheduled by phone at 479-575-4451.

Officials said the health center is using only one entrance on the west side of the building by the parking lot, and that external temperature checks are required before anyone is allowed inside. Students and faculty should note that all evening and Saturday clinic hours have been suspended, and that all after-hours needs should be directed to Washington Regional Medical Center at 479-463-2055.