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May 26, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 22, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 21, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 20, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 19, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 18, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. Faculty and staff will begin to return to work May 18 through June 1 with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to faculty and staff. Students will be permitted on campus starting May 18 for essential business and with safety precautions in place as outlined in the President’s May 11, 2020 letter to students.

All persons visiting the ACHE campus will follow safety precautions while on campus and are strongly advised to review CDC guidance in considering their travels to campus.

Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

Students arriving to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 academic year who are coming from areas where ‘hot spots’ exist or ‘shelter in place’ or similar restrictions exist are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to greater Fort Smith to ensure they are prepared to begin classes and new student orientation programming as scheduled.

ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates.

May 15, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

All students are in an on-line learning environment through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates. 

May 14, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

All students are in an on-line learning environment through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and this website for updates. 

May 13, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

All students are in an on-line learning environment through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please continue to visit this website for updates.

May 12, 2020

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Continue to Operate as Scheduled

All students are in an on-line learning environment through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. ACHE has extended the travel restriction until further notice. ACHE will continually assess conditions with guidance from national and local authorities regarding campus and travel restrictions. Additionally, any student, faculty, staff traveling by air or to an area with a ‘shelter in place’ or ‘safe at home’ mandate by local authorities, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to the greater Fort Smith community.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please continue to visit this website for updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Plan & Response

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and following guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Arkansas State Department of Health. The ACHE Emergency Response Team is actively managing our readiness and response to the coronavirus epidemic. Health and safety continue to be the top priorities in our decisions and support.

This webpage provides and catalogs important updates and information for our ACHE community, but is not intended to serve as a single point of reference about the rapidly evolving situation.

ACHE is continuing business operations for administration, faculty, staff and students.

ACHE Travel Form

All travel is to be reported by completing the ACHE Travel Reporting Form. ALL students, faculty, staff will be asked to complete this electronic form whether they plan to travel or not.

Report an Illness

To report an illness, click here.

Restrictions

  • All conference and school-sponsored travel has been cancelled or postponed at this time
  • Campus visitors, guest lecturers, and standardized patients will be required to document travel during sign in at the front desk
  • Online learning begins March 16 for on-campus and clinical rotation students.

Prospective Students: All applicant interviews will not be on campus and will be transitioned to an on online format. Applicants will be notified of the decision.

Prospective Employees: Determination of interview format (on campus or remote) will be determined on a case by case basis and applicants will be notified of decision.

Clinical Rotations

The ARCOM Clinical Medicine Office is in continuous contact with medical students on clinical rotations and is in contact with hospitals and clinical sites where students are rotating. All international and travel abroad for clinical education has been cancelled. All school sponsored travel has been cancelled. All in-state travel will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.

Each Clinical Site has established a student as a Site Leader. This student will serve as the primary contact to facilitate ACHE’s ability to communicate and provide appropriate support. Students on clinical rotations can login to the Canvas Course for more information.

Online learning begins March 16 for on-campus and clinical rotation students.

FAQs

What are the symptoms?

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 or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

For more information on symptoms, visit:  cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Should I be concerned?

The risk to campus remains low. There is one presumptive case in Jefferson County. This individual is not an ACHE student.

ACHE is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and following guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arkansas State Department of Health. The ACHE Emergency Response Team is actively managing our readiness and response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Anyone believed to be at risk for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Arkansas Department of Health. Risk to general public remains low.

If a campus community member becomes infected with COVID-19, what will happen?

If a local case is reported, ACHE will take immediate steps in accordance with CDC guidelines to respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community.

If someone has been in contact with a confirmed case and develops symptoms, they should contact ACHE for instructions on further evaluation.

If a student has a positive COVID-19 screening, they will be isolated for assessment and ACHE staff will continue to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infection.

ACHE is carefully monitoring the circumstances and will continue to comply with CDC best practices and guidance as they are released.

If I have travel plans during the spring semester, can I still go?

School-sponsored Travel

  • There is no school-sponsored travel being booked at this time
  • Previously approved student travel taking place in March is suspended

Personal Travel

  • All travel is to be reported by completing the ACHE Travel Reporting Form. ALL students, faculty, staff will be asked to complete this electronic form whether they plan to travel or not.
  • We cannot tell you to continue with your travel plans and we cannot tell you not to.
  • We ask that you exercise good judgement and keep yourself aware of the situation about the places you are traveling, including areas you may connect through while traveling.
  • If you decide to engage in personal travel, we cannot definitely tell you if you will be asked to self-quarantine or not. It is a possibility depending on the ever­changing situation.

 

I just returned from travel. What should I do?

Students: If you return to the Fort Smith area or the ACHE campus from any travel, please notify ACHE and we will provide you with resources and support.

We ask all students returning from overseas to self-qurantine for fever, cough or difficulty breathing for 14 days and watch for changes. If you develop any of these symptoms, call your primary care provider.

Campus health officials, in accordance with CDC guidance, encourage students, faculty, to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene, and contact a medical provider if they develop flu-like symptoms.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is monitoring Arkansans with any possible exposure to Coronavirus disease 2019. Depending on travel history, some returning travelers may be placed under self home quarantine for at least 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 do not develop prior to the last date of quarantine, these people will be free to resume their normal activities, including school or work.

How do I self-quarantine?

Self-quarantine means the isolation of people who are healthy and exposed. This is recommended for individuals returning from Level 3 Travel Advisory areas.

Self-quarantine instructions:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.

Click here for a helpful video with self-quarantine information.

Self-monitoring is suggested for individuals who returned from countries with a Level 2 Travel Health Notice.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.

If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing, or need medical care:

  • Call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • If possible, wear a face mask if you need to be around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

If you need emergency medical attention during the 14 days after your return, call 911 and let them know that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to report an illness.

Are overseas travelers (visitors, students, employees) prohibited from returning to campus or asked to change travel plans?

Based on CDC guidance, people who traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran in the past 14 days, who do not present with symptoms on re-entry, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return home. Returning travelers must comply with all CDC directions and guidance received from authorities at the point of reentry to the U.S.

Faculty, instructors, and staff should encourage all members of the campus community to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene to limit the spread of communicable diseases.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and cough or sneeze into your elbow

All ACHE school-sponsored student travel is suspended at this time. All ACHE employees and students are discouraged from non-essential travel.

Should I wear a mask to reduce the transmission of COVID-19?

Public health officials, including the CDC and WHO, do not recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask. You may be asked to wear a mask when visiting a healthcare facility.

Guidance from the World Health Organization

Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least three feet distance between yourself and other people.

WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks. This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is linked to travel in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or close contact with someone who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

What should I do to protect myself and others?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV for more information.

Click here to report an illness.

What information can or will ACHE share regarding any student or employee who recently travelled overseas?

In compliance with state and federal health privacy laws, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education will not release names or identifying information of any student or employee.

Are classes meeting regularly or is the College preparing to teach courses online?

Online learning begins March 16 for on-campus and clinical rotation students.

If I feel I'm being treated unfairly, discriminated against, or harassed due to concerns around this issue, what should I do?

COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race. Viruses do not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at ACHE.

A person is only at increased risk for COVID-19 if they recently traveled to an area with an outbreak or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

ACHE expresses our support for members of the ACHE community who are from or have personal ties to east and southeast Asia. You are important and valued members of our community. We encourage you to reach out to these resources for support:

ACHE Student Health Resources

Office of Student Affairs

Resources

Student Wellness Resource: