UA employee tests positive for COVID-19

A University of Arkansas employee has tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced on Friday.

The positive case is the second identified in the campus community, after a student who lived off campus tested positive late last month.

UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said the employee had not been on campus since March 26.

“While all staff have been practicing social distancing, out of an abundance of caution, the staff working with this individual were also sent home as a preventative measure,” Chancellor Steinmetz said. “The Arkansas Department of Health will complete contact tracing and notify others as needed. We wish this individual a speedy recovery and ask that you keep them in your thoughts.”

The UA has been conducting online classes since March 12, and has been operating with only essential services on campus with the majority of employees working remotely since March 19.