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
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 during the academic year. On-campus testing is available for the campus community by appointment in the Office of Health Services. Case numbers and vaccination rates are tracked by Ouachita’s Office of Health Services and include members of our residential student population and on-campus faculty and staff members. Vaccination rates reflect the number of residential students and benefits-eligible employees who turned in their records to the Office of Health Services as part of the university's vaccine grant and bonus program (current data is from Dec. 20, 2021).
Case data published here began Aug. 11, 2021, and was last updated at 8:50 a.m. Jan. 19, 2022.
The Ouachita community continues to “Take Care, Tigers” through the collective work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the integration of health insights and common sense. For Spring 2022, quarantine and isolation procedures have been shortened and adjusted to reflect CDC guidance, and on-campus options are now available. Restrictions may be added or removed throughout the semester as the public health situation evolves.
Clean your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are available across campus.
Masks are optional on Ouachita's campus with the exception of select classes.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Keeping a 6-foot distance from others indoors helps limit the spread.
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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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