Current status for our region is High Risk - RED2021-08-11 00:00:00
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHANCELLOR DR. PHILLIP WILSON:
[August 11, 2021 | MENA, Ark.] With lower than expected vaccination rates coupled with the highly transmissible and virulent Delta variant spike, we find ourselves once again closely monitoring the CDC and making decisions to best protect everyone in the UARM community.
The UA System Board of Trustees today passed a resolution stating the following, […] WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that, based on the spread of the Delta variant, communities with high transmission of COVID-19 should require individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in indoor public settings; and
WHEREAS, the Board passed a resolution in May 2020 directing UA System institutions to adopt policies requiring face coverings in university facilities when physical distancing cannot be assured, and that such policies remain in effect as long as the use of face coverings is recommended by the CDC ; 
Effective immediately, UARM will implement a three-color alert system that will guide our usage of face coverings. They are:
RED - The CDC has our region of Arkansas designated as a “Substantial or High Risk” of community transmission. Face coverings will be required on campus in indoor spaces or any college sponsored event held indoors.
YELLOW - When the CDC designates our region of Arkansas at “Moderate Risk”, face coverings will be encouraged in indoor spaces or any college sponsored event held indoors.
GREEN – Once the CDC lists the region as “Low Risk”, the campus will follow normal business and operations with masks being optional.
Current status for our region is “High Risk.” In compliance with the resolution and in accordance with the current CDC guidelines for our region, face coverings will be required indoors on all UARM campuses and indoor facilities including classrooms, common areas, and shared spaces of all buildings effective immediately. Personal offices, personal residence hall rooms, and apartments are excluded.
We will post updates online and on social platforms as the CDC updates the status of our region or you can link to the CDC page. You will receive an email notifying you of any status changes or updates.
It has been widely reported the strain that this has placed on our medical communities. In fact, our local facilities are feeling the strain more now than ever before. It is our moral obligation to make every reasonable effort to mitigate the spread of this virus and the highly contagious Delta variant. We must all continue to work TOGETHER taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID by making informed safe decisions while this threat is high. The health and well-being of our campus community is and will remain my highest priority. Please consider being vaccinated if not already! Stay well and mask up!