Ouachita Coronavirus Information
As Ouachita navigates the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this page will be updated with the most current information for the campus community.
Drawing on the guidance of the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health
officials regarding COVID-19, Ouachita staff and faculty continue to monitor the situation
and adjust as needed to protect the health of the campus community.
Dr. Wesley Kluck, vice president for student development and university physician – chair
Tyrese Allen, Student Senate president
Dr. Byron Eubanks, chair of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Sutton Center for Integrity
Tim Harrell, director of student life
Caitlin Hetzel, director of housing and assistant director of residence life
Dr. Tim Knight, dean of the Patterson School of Natural Sciences
Missy Lewis, compliance officer and IT Services project coordinator
Sherri Phelps, director of human resources
Rickey Rogers, dean of students and director of residence life
David Sharp, director of athletics
James Taylor, director of campus ministries
Molly Wallace, director of health services
Brooke Zimny, assistant to the president for communications & marketing – ex officio
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Ouachita COVID-19 Data
Total Current Active Cases
Cumulative Positive Cases
2021-2022 Academic Year
Total Currently Quarantined
Ouachita is dedicated to transparency in educating and reporting on COVID-19 as part of our commitment to the health of our campus community. Data will be updated here weekly. On-campus testing is available for the campus community by appointment in the Office of Health Services. Case numbers are tracked by Ouachita’s Office of Health Services and include members of our residential student population (about 1,500), as well as about 350 faculty and staff members. Vaccination rates reflect the number of students and employees who have turned in their records to the Office of Health Services as part of the university's vaccine grant and bonus program, so actual rates are likely higher than published (current data is from Sept. 23 2021).
Case data published here began Aug. 11, 2021, and was last updated at 4 p.m. Sept. 21, 2021.
Last year, Ouachita implemented many protocols to encourage its students, faculty and staff to “Take Care, Tigers.” Thanks to our community’s collective work and commitment, we were able to continue in-person classes all year. In this year’s improved COVID-19 environment, including widespread access to vaccines, we hope to maintain fewer mandated restrictions while continuing our community’s commitment to mutual respect and care.
Clean your hands frequently, with soap and water when possible, washing for 20 seconds. Take advantage of hand sanitizer stations across campus throughout the day.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK
For the first month of the academic year, masks are required in public indoor spaces including classrooms, offices and auditoriums. They are optional in residence halls as well as outdoors.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
As COVID-19 primarily spreads from indoor person-to-person contact, keeping a 6-foot distance from others is encouraged indoors unless those present are fully vaccinated.
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Respect for self, respect for others and respect for Ouachita's Christian mission define how our community learns, works and lives together in ordinary times – and even more so in the extraordinary pandemic context. As protocols are adjusted, members of the campus community are invited to continue to commit themselves to exercising healthy discretion in their behaviors and habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the local community.
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