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A UA student tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is the first member of the university to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

Chancellor Steinmetz sent an email Monday alerting students to the first confirmed case of COIVD-19 within the UA community.

The student who tested positive had been in contact with an infected person from outside Arkansas, Steinmetz said. The student is showing symptoms and is in self-isolation off campus.

There have been 218 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, with seven people recovered, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that two people have died from the disease in Arkansas: a 91-year-old man and a person in their 50s.

In the email, Chancellor Steinmetz urged students to self isolate and call a medical provider if they have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing or body aches. 

Students still on campus can call and make an appointment at Pat Walker Health Center, which will remain open for the spring semester. Walk-in appointments and online scheduling are no longer permitted, and all Counseling and Psychological Services operations will take place online. Students can call CAPS to schedule mental health services.


Abby Zimmardi is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where she has been a staff reporter since April 2019.

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