September 6, 2022
*Please note: This is the student message sent on Tuesday, September 6. A similar message was sent to employees of the College.
The campus is seeing a rise in new COVID cases as well as
other viruses such as strep. To help reduce the spread of these viruses, it is
important to follow the campus testing
and isolation guidance.
For more complete information, please review the policies
detailed at https://www.hendrix.edu/covid-19-testing-tracing-students.aspx.
If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hendrix community members, please note:
The COVID Response Team monitors available data from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health, and local sources. Those resources include:
Students and Employees: Please review the current information for testing and isolation (updated August 11, 2022).
based upon the most recent public health guidance available from the Arkansas
Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance
is regularly monitored for changes that may result in updates to these
This FAQ list was updated on August 11, 2022.
have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please
Instructors have been asked to work with any
students missing class the way they normally would with any student who is ill
and could not attend. Instructors have a “toolkit” of options for working with
students who are absent, and the most appropriate tools will vary depending on
the nature of the course.
ensure the College provides good options for students who are following COVID protocols,
instructors may use one or more of
these options in a way that makes sense for the teaching approach and learning
goals of their course:
Contact your instructor to report your absence and discuss any important course-related information such as missed assignments and exams. Refer to the “Testing & Isolation Guidance” page to determine when you can expect to return to class. If your instructor requires documentation, you may request a letter from the COVID Response Team when you report your positive case and upload your test result.
Masks are optional in all campus buildings. The Campus COVID Steering Committee asks that all community members continue to support classmates and colleagues who elect to wear masks on campus. We will continue to monitor public health guidance and the presence and effect of COVID-19 variants in Arkansas. If conditions worsen once again, the College may revert to requiring all members of the community to wear CDC-recommendation-compliant masks (N95 or KN95) indoors.
Multiple sources of information are considered by the COVID Response Team regarding mask policies including the CDC, ADH, campus conditions, state and local ordinances, and trusted health and education partners. The COVID Response Team regularly monitors public health data and recommendations and considers all available information when determining campus policies. It is important to note that federal public health recommendations are aimed at the general population and there are characteristics of the Hendrix community that are significantly different from the population at large. For example, our community is vaccinated at a higher rate than the general public. This level of vaccination makes community members less likely to be infected than the general population, and far less likely to experience severe disease.
Yes, students who live on campus may isolate or quarantine in campus housing. To do so safely, you should avoid close contact with others as much as possible including wearing a well-fitting mask around others [an N95 mask or comparable mask is recommended], asking others to help with food delivery and choosing to-go options from campus dining, not having visitors in your room, washing your hands more frequently, and using communal showers or bathrooms at less busy times. If you or your roommate have concerns about isolating in campus housing, contact Residence Life for assistance. If you need assistance with meals or other supplies such as masks, talk to your RA.
Students who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may contact Julie Brown, Director of Academic Success, at email@example.com to discuss academic accommodations for health and safety concerns; staff members who are at high risk or have family who are high risk may contact Vicki Lynn in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss work accommodations for health and safety concerns; and faculty may contact Vicki Lynn and/or Terri Bonebright (email@example.com).
may obtain vaccinations at a provider of their choice. The Hendrix Medical Clinic is among the
sites providing COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer and Moderna).
Call 501-852-1366 to schedule an appointment. Vaccines were paid for
with taxpayer dollars and are provided to all people living in the
United States at no cost. Most health insurance plans cover the full
cost of the administration of the vaccine. If someone is
uninsured, vaccine providers may seek reimbursement from the federal
will provide vaccination opportunities for any students who want the
vaccine and have been unable to receive it, including international
faculty, and staff will be allowed to travel on official College business (including for Odyssey projects). Special COVID approval for domestic travel is not required, but we do ask travelers to follow any destination COVID protocols and to regularly monitor for COVID symptoms.
Those who are traveling should follow COVID-19 safety policies as if on campus unless stricter guidelines are required by the program site. The College no longer requires special COVID-19 approval for international travel. Please register your College-sponsored travel (domestic or international) by completing the Hendrix College Travel Management Form at least 30 days before you depart. The travel policy for U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Levels still applies. Anyone traveling to a Level 2 or 3 country should also complete the College’s supplemental liability forms. Travel to Level 4 countries will be strictly off limits (unless at a Level 4 only due to COVID-19).
The best way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19 is vaccination and staying up to date on your vaccination (including receiving all recommended boosters when eligible).
Various COVID treatments are available depending on one’s age, health status, and symptoms. Currently the federal government is covering the cost of these medications for those who meet the qualifications. Ask your health care provider about your options.
Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody that is given prior to exposure to the virus. It is available for people with moderate to severe immunodeficiency or those who for some reason cannot take the COVID vaccines. Protection lasts up to six months. This drug is not available to someone who is already symptomatic and is given by injection.
Treating mild to moderate disease.
Paxlovid and Lagevrio (mulnupiravir) are oral medications that have been shown effective at preventing mild/moderate disease from progressing to severe disease. They are available for individuals with increased likelihood of developing severe disease due to age, immunodeficiency, or certain other medical problems. To be effective, either drug must be started within five days of the onset of symptoms. Trials have shown Paxlovid to be more effective for most patients, but Lagevrio may be appropriate for others under specific circumstances.
Remdesivir is an injected drug that helps people recover more quickly but has little if any effect on the development of severe disease. It is given by injections (over the course of three days) which must begin within seven days of the onset of symptoms.
Bebtelovimab is a monoclonal antibody therapy for immunocompromised patients that is effective at preventing progression to severe disease. It is given by infusion at a medical center.
[Note: This section was
last updated August 30, 2022, with monkeypox vaccination information.]
Students may schedule healthcare visits by calling the Hendrix
Medical Clinic, 501-852-1366. When you call, please mention that you are a Hendrix
student and be prepared to give the clinic your student ID number. You may also
make an appointment at www.conwayregional.org/hendrix. If COVID-19 testing is
needed, the clinic has testing available.
The clinic is open to
students, faculty, staff, and the public. Students have three free visits to
the clinic per academic year. Currently, the clinic’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The health and safety of
the entire Hendrix community remains our top priority. Hendrix College
continues to monitor information about COVID-19 from the Arkansas Department of
Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Conway Regional
Vaccination is effective
against the coronavirus. Further, Hendrix College policies and
responses to the pandemic prevented spread of virus on campus and protected
the Hendrix community from spring 2021 to the present. While the following
resources demonstrate the severity of the pandemic, the Steering Committee
continues its work to assure safety for the Hendrix community.
Watch a June 22 Today
Show segment featuring Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor of the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, describing the severity of illness
among young unvaccinated covid-19 patients.
This interactive map from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows infection
rates, vaccination rates, social distancing, age, health disparities, the
availability of healthcare and other factors. It illustrates very clearly that
areas in the U.S. with lower vaccination rates have higher infection
Sources for information
on covid-19 vaccines:
Conway Regional Medical Center
Arkansas Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 30, 2022, update: The UCA Student Health Clinic currently has some Monkeypox vaccine available to Hendrix students who qualify for immunization. If you are interested in receiving vaccination against monkeypox, you may contact the UCA clinic. Please note:
[The information below was posted August 11, 2022.]The College is also closely monitoring the outbreak of monkeypox (CDC 2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak). Monkeypox is a virus that is spread mainly through close, intimate contact with someone who is infected with the virus. There are steps to help prevent getting monkeypox:
There is also an antiviral for smallpox that has been approved for use
against monkeypox. It is available by provider referral by contacting the ADH
via phone: 1-800-803-7847.
Helpful Links for COVID-19 Information
Screening and testing information from Conway Regional Health
Conway Regional Health System offers local COVID-19 testing, which can be
obtained through the Hendrix clinic: www.conwayregional.org/hendrix or 501-852-1336.
Arkansas Department of Health: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
CDC guidelines for
selecting and wearing face coverings to protect yourself
and others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
Coping with COVID: COVID-19 may have an impact upon your mental health, regardless of whether you’ve tested positive. These resources can help you attend to your well-being and be mindful of how others may be feeling, as well.
A series of essays by Mark Sutherland, Ph.D., Hendrix Professor of Biology, Emeritus:COVID Awareness and Information
Information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 therapies have long been plagued with misinformation. Some of this misinformation was innocent in origin (e.g., people speculating on the nature of the virus and possible treatments in the absence of reliable data) while there are also many examples of malicious misinformation disseminated for political and/or economic gain.
U.S. Department of Education Required Reporting Information for funds received under the CARES Act
Report a Positive Test Result
COVID Booster Report Form (added Oct. 12, 2022)