Health & Safety FAQ

Health & Safety

If I have had or get COVID-19 and recover, will I be required to quarantine if exposed to a positive person?
Per ADH’s and CDC’s guidelines, students who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and remain asymptomatic if exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual are not required to quarantine. After this 90-day period has lapsed, you will be required to follow quarantine guidelines as if you haven’t been previously infected. 

Updated April 15, 2021

When will a student be tested?
​If a student is symptomatic, they should contact Nurse Rhonda to set up a time to test. The university has access to Rapid Antigen tests, which yield results in up to 15 minutes. If the result of that test is positive, then a student will be placed in isolation for 10 days from the start of their symptoms. JBU is no longer requiring that students quarantine while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test because of the access to this Rapid Antigen test that yields nearly immediate results. 

Updated April 15, 2021

What if a student is determined to have been in “close contact” with an infected/positive person? 
The contact tracer will call all “close contacts” of an infected/positive person, and those exposed students will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days with no COVID test required. If possible, the ADH recommends that an exposed student in quarantine be housed alone in a single room with access to their own bathroom. There may be some flexibility for higher education, given its congregate living context. Again, JBU expects that most quarantined students will go home, if feasible, during their quarantine. The rest will be placed in housing provided by JBU. The ADH suggests that the quarantined student be tested five days after exposure to see if they have contracted COVID-19 because it takes several days after exposure for the virus to show up on the test. Still, JBU does not require students to test unless they are experiencing symptoms. If the student tests positive, we expect that most students will go home for isolation, if feasible, or transfer to the isolation housing at JBU and follow that protocol. This fact is another primary reason for requiring masks and physical distancing to minimize the number of students determined to be “close contacts” and quarantined. JBU will provide food service to students in quarantine if they remain at JBU, and those students will be able to keep up with their studies through Blackboard and Zoom. New OWL camera technology in most classrooms will provide a more immersive student experience within Zoom. The ADH and JBU will monitor all students' symptoms to make sure that they are getting proper health care. JBU residential life staff will also continue to minister to their emotional and spiritual needs. 

Updated April 15, 2021
 
Will there be required regular testing for faculty or staff, especially those that come into frequent close contact with students, such as residence life staff or lab instructors?
Arkansas is currently only testing those who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed positive person, so we only test the student body if JBU determines the chance of community spread very high (after Christmas Break and Easter Break). We require all faculty and staff to take their temperature every day and not come to work if they have a fever over 100, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

Updated April 15, 2021

Will health services help students get to the clinic for testing?
JBU offers free Rapid Antigen Tests to symptomatic students. Please contact Nurse Rhonda to set up an appointment. 

Updated April 15, 2021

If I travel internationally during a break, will I be required to test or quarantine? 
CDC requires anyone who is traveling internationally to have a negative test before flying. If you are traveling, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Make sure you have the results of your negative test before you travel. Keep a copy of your results with you during travel; you might be asked for them. (Information from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html) ​

​Arkansas Department of Health closely adheres to the guidance on nonessential travel. Per CDC guidelines, JBU requires any student who travels internationally to quarantine at home for 10 (14) days. You can find more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html 

Updated April 15, 2021