Heath Whorton, emergency manager for Arkansas Tech University, has important information for any ATU student who wants to avoid the possibility of quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.
“There is a misconception that if an individual is wearing a mask and they are exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, they do not have to quarantine regardless of vaccination status,” said Whorton. “That is incorrect. The mask distinction regarding quarantine only applies only to K-12 schools. Unvaccinated individuals at ATU who are exposed to COVID-19 are required to quarantine whether they were wearing a mask at the time of exposure or not.
“The best way to avoid quarantine,” continued Whorton, “is to become fully vaccinated.”
Arkansas Tech students who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may schedule an appointment by calling the ATU Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329 or by walking in to Doc Bryan Student Services Center suite 119 weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
A list of off-campus locations that are providing COVID-19 vaccines is available at www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-map-of-1-a-pharmacy-locations.
Learn more about ATU’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies at www.atu.edu/pandemicrecovery.