UAM and UAPB move classes online

Adding to the abundance of caution made by Drew Memorial Hospital, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff have moved all classes to an online setting.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the UAM campuses in Monticello, Crossett and McGehee will move all instruction to a virtual setting beginning Thursday, March 12, until at least Monday, March 30. No confirmed cases of novel coronavirus ,COVID-19, have been identified among any campus faculty, students or staff," reads a UAM press release about the closure. "All university instruction will now be delivered in an online format; this is not a cancellation of classes. Students and faculty will utilize Blackboard and email to communicate.
"Residential students will be asked to return home or to an off-campus residence as is feasible. Any residential students with a demonstrated inability to leave campus will be accommodated.
"A potential case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff and a test has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for testing as a possible case of COVID-19. The case is being treated by the Arkansas Department of Health as presumed positive. The CDC test could be officially confirmed within three to four days.
On March 9, one UAM student is known to have had direct contact with the presumptive positive individual, and 32 UAM students and four faculty members were in the facility before a COVID-19 test was considered necessary.
"No students or faculty who were present at the facility returned to the UAM campus after their potential exposure. None of these students are campus residents.
"In cooperation with the UA System, CDC, and Arkansas Department of Health, the UAM command team is monitoring the status of the virus and its impact on university operations.
"It is anticipated that courses will resume on each campus on March 30, following spring break. Any changes to the timeline will be posted to the university website, will be sent via email to campus netlist, student list, and will be communicated to the media through the office of public relations.
Updates specific to the Coronavirus and its effects on UAM can be accessed http://www.uamont.edu/pages/coronavirus/."
The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff released a similar statement that reads:
"University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) officials announced that the institution will offer online only instruction until Monday, March 30. There have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified among any campus faculty, students, or staff.
"All faculty are directed to use Blackboard so the institution can continue to provide high-quality instruction. The institution plans to resume in-class instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020 and will continue to monitor any developments that surface.
"All scheduled campus activities, including student programs, and athletic events are canceled until Monday, March 30. All university-related travel by employees or students is likewise suspended. Mid-terms will be rescheduled after face-to-face classes resume.
"A potential case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff and a test has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for testing as a possible case of COVID-19. The case is being treated by the Arkansas Department of Health as presumed positive. The CDC test could be officially confirmed within three to four days.
"Eleven nursing students participating in clinicals and two faculty members are believed to have had indirect contact with the patient who tested positive. Arkansas Department of Health Director Nate Smith says the university risk to faculty, staff and students is low, however, the institution will err on the side of caution and start online delivery of courses.
"Any further updates will be posted at www.uapb.edu/coronavirus."

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