COVID-19 Information

Health

If you test positive for COVID-19

Students

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should stay in their rooms and email studentlife@harding.edu for further instructions regarding the isolation process. Students should refrain from interacting with others, attending classes or visiting any other populated areas on campus such as the library, cafeteria, student center, gym, Chapel, etc.

Students should communicate with their professors regarding isolation status and follow their instructions regarding class work.

Student athletes should follow campus guidelines and those of the athletic department and should contact their athletic trainer and coach.

Students may contact their primary care provider or a healthcare professional for further instructions regarding treatment and management of COVID-19. Student Health Services is also available to provide healthcare advice, answer any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 infection, and facilitate health care connections as desired by the student.

Employees

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 cannot return to work until they have completed 10 full days of isolation from either the symptom onset or the date they tested positive, which is considered Day 0. For example, if your symptoms begin on Monday, July 19 (Day 0), and you can return to work on Friday, July 30.

In addition, employees will assist in identifying members of the Harding community with whom they have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes) within 48 hours prior to symptoms or the collection of a positive test specimen.

If you develop symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19

Students

Unvaccinated students

Unvaccinated students who are exposed  to COVID-19 should quarantine in their rooms, email studentlife@harding.edu, and complete a COVID-19 Screening Formto receive a phone call with further advice from SHS.

Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 but have tested positive to COVID-19 anytime in the past 90 days do not have to quarantine.

Vaccinated students

Vaccinated students, without symptoms, who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine. It is recommended that asymptomatic, vaccinated students with exposure to COVID-19 be tested 3-5 days after exposure, wear a mask in indoor public settings until test results return, and complete a COVID-19 Screening Form.

All students, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with symptoms of COVID-19 should quarantine in their rooms, email studentlife@harding.edu, and complete a COVID-19 Screening Form to receive a phone call with further advice from SHS.


Students may be tested on campus at Student Health Services or at a health clinic of their choosing; some local health clinics providing tests include:

  • Unity Health / Searcy Medical Center — 501-278-2800
  • One Life Wellness — 501-203-0801
  • AR Care Clinic — 501-279-7979
  • AR Dept. of Health, Searcy Unit (testing only, no physician) — 501-268-6102
  • PrimeCare Urgent Care — 501-279-9000 (offers after-hours care)
  • Unity Health After-Hours Clinic — 501-268-5433 (offers after-hours care)
  • Unity Health Emergency Room for medical emergencies (offers care 24/7)

Students who suspect they may have COVID-19 should not come to the Student Health Services office in person unless instructed to do so via a phone call from SHS.

If you are in immediate distress, call Public Safety at 501-279-5000 to assist with transport for emergency care. If you are not in immediate distress, treat your symptoms if needed (such as acetaminophen/ibuprofen for fever) while awaiting further advice from Student Health Services.

Students with health circumstances occurring after hours that require immediate assistance are encouraged to seek medical attention in the urgent care or emergency setting. If immediate assistance is not required, students with symptoms of COVID-19 should quarantine immediately and seek medical evaluation when normal operating hours resume.

Employees

Employees who are a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes) of a COVID-19 positive individual and are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic are not required to quarantine at this time. In addition, individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days from the date of the close contact are also not required to quarantine..

Employees who are a close contact and have been vaccinated but develop symptoms of COVID-19, should quarantine for a minimum of 10 days per the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

For employees who are not fully vaccinated and/or have not recovered within 90 days who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, using the last day of contact as Day 0, the following options will be available:

  • Safest Method — 14 days from the most recent contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
    Example - You are a close contact on Monday, July 19 (Day 0), you can return to work on Tuesday, August 3 (Day 15).
  • Test Out – You can obtain a COVID-19 test on or after Day 5. If negative, you can return to work after completing 7 full days of quarantine. You should monitor for symptoms. For example, if you are a close contact on Monday, July 19 (Day 0), you can test on or after July 24 (Day 5). If negative, you can return to work on Tuesday, July 27 (Day 8).
  • No Symptoms – If you choose not to test and have no symptoms, you can return to work after completing 10 full days of quarantine. For example, if you are a close contact on Monday, July 19 (Day 0), you can return to work on Friday, July 30 (Day 11) if no symptoms have developed.

Quarantine and Isolation

Those who are unvaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. The safest period is 14 days from the most recent exposure to the exposed patient. However, quarantine can end after 7 days (returning on day 8) if no symptoms have occurred and a negative test is received on day 5 or later or 10 days (returning on Day 11) without testing if no symptoms have occurred. Click here for more information on quarantine and isolation.

Should this occur, employees must notify their supervisor and Human Resources, and if faculty, the Provost. Students must notify the Office of Student Life at studentlife@harding.edu or 501-279-4331 in order to facilitate alternative housing and meal delivery as deemed necessary in each situation. A Student Life administrator and/or a registered nurse in Health Services will maintain ongoing communication with all students who are quarantined or isolated.

On-campus quarantine will be in a student’s own room or in a designated room on campus. On-campus isolation will be in Heritage Inn. Off-campus quarantine and isolation will be at the student’s off-campus dwelling. Students under quarantine or in isolation who have a meal plan will order meals from Chartwells to arrange delivery in cooperation with the Office of Student Life.

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help keep you from getting a severe case of COVID-19 that requires hospitalization or causes death. This video may be helpful in explaining how mRNA vaccines, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines, work to prevent infection with COVID-19.

To be considered fully vaccinated, it must have been at least 14 days since your one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Clinics

The next COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Liberty Room in the David B. Burks American Heritage building.

For those who received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during the on-campus clinics on either August 19 or 27, this clinic is timed to meet the timeframe for receipt of your second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

First and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to anyone 12 years old or above, regardless of affiliation with Harding (i.e., children, parents, grandparents). To be eligible for a second dose, you must have received your first dose on or before August 29.

Third doses are available for those who meet the criteria outlined by the CDC for being considered immunocompromised. The attached slides outline the third dose criteria. In addition to meeting at least one of those criteria, you must have received your second dose on or before August 18.

Third doses will not be available for the general population until on or after September 20. For the general population to be eligible to receive a third dose, a minimum of eight (8) months must have elapsed since the second dose.

Those coming for a second or third dose should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating the dates when earlier doses were received.

While the on-campus clinic will be walk-in with no appointment required, we are asking that you complete an interest form to guide our vaccine supply and staffing planning efforts. Please indicate your interest in attending the September 15 COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Most local Searcy pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccines either by appointment or walk-in.

  • Harps Pharmacy, 2525 West Beebe Capps Expressway, 501-268-4171
  • Joe’s Pharmacy Express, 2412 East Race Street, 501-268-9400
  • Lowery Drug Mart Pharmacy, 123 Central Avenue, 501-268-1900
  • Medical Center Pharmacy, 2900 Hawkins Drive, 501-268-3311
  • Medic Sav-On Drug, 2806 East Race Street, 501-268-4121
  • Stanley Pharmacy, 200 West Beebe Capps Expressway, 501-305-1000
  • Stanley Pharmacy Compounding Center, 2413 West Beebe Capps Expressway, 501-305-4108
  • Stotts Drug Store, 103 West Arch Avenue, 501-268-2536
  • Walgreens, 200 East Race Street, 501-279-1125
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1330 West Beebe Capps Expressway, 501-203-2013

Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health Services is committed to the safety of every student. In addition to robust cleaning practices and PPE requirements, students can expect to find physically-distanced waiting spaces and contact-free check-in for visits.

Mask wearing and physical distancing are required in Student Health Services.

SHS will reopen for the fall semester on Aug. 16, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are located at 115 Dr. Jimmy Carr St., diagonally across from Starbucks on campus. SHS contact information is as follows:

COVID-19 screening and testing will continue on campus for Fall 2021. Following CDC guidelines, we will utilize the PCR test through Unity Health and the rapid BinaxNow Antigen Card test through the Arkansas Department of Health.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Aramark Facility Services will provide thorough cleaning throughout all facilities, including classrooms, using EPA-registered hospital disinfectants and focusing on high-touch surfaces. To further reduce the risk of spreading germs, schedules will be adjusted to increase the frequency of cleaning high-touch areas in public areas and restrooms to two times per shift. High-touch areas include but are not limited to:

  • All door knobs and push bars in occupied areas
  • Light switches
  • Touch screens
  • Countertops and tables in entrances, lobbies and conference rooms
  • Elevator buttons
  • Handrails
  • All armrests and backs of chairs
  • Phones and teleconference devices in conference rooms
  • Sinks, hardware and dispensers in public restrooms

Mental Health and Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will be open and provide mental health resources and services to students and employees. The Counseling Center reception and waiting area are arranged to provide adequate spacing, and traffic flow is one-way by utilizing a side exit following sessions. Masks may be required of students and employees in common areas.

Students and employees seeking counseling services may be required to complete COVID-19 screening prior to entering the Counseling Center. Personal and specific screening responses will be submitted to the Counseling Center on appointment day via the screening link on the Counseling Center website. Signage is in place in the Counseling Center identifying this requirement and the process of non-touch temperature screening. Students and employees who do not feel well, have a fever, or have symptoms of COVID-19 based on their screen will not be served and will be encouraged to contact Student Health Services or their primary care physician.

To promote safety and reduce the amount of contact, telehealth may be utilized in situations that pose a health concern and/or require multiple sessions. The use of telehealth will be determined by the counselor and adhere to applicable ethical and legal standards for the use of distance delivery. Telehealth will not be utilized in the event a student is enrolled and living in another state other than Arkansas due to professional licensure regulations.