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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

A-State Taking Percautions to Keep Dorms Safe During COVID-19

Arkansas State University might of closed their doors for classes due to COVID-19, but residence halls are still open for students choosing to stay on campus. This has the university working to keep COVID-19 out of their dorms.

“Facilities management has been working diligently for the past several weeks to try and enhance their cleaning and disinfecting of all types of surfaces. This would include common area’s in our university residences. We’re working to make sure students provide themselves with good personal hygiene as well.”

The university is promoting social distancing in buildings and in all residence halls on campus for students, faculty and staff.

They are encouraging students to “spare a chair” to remind them to keep distance from others.

The university is following CDC guidelines and has also limited the number of people that can gather together on campus.

That being, ten at a time.

So far, no restrictions or temperature screenings will be conducted for students choosing to stay on campus.

One student decided to pack up and move out after worrying about the small dorm rooms and social distancing.

Sharing a room with two beds…it’s a lot smaller than a regular sized bedroom. The dorms are just so tiny, and it’s safer to go home. Also being in a five-story building, breathing the same air isn’t safe.”

Smith said A-State is prepared if a case of covid-19 appears on campus. The university has created a plan for if a student living in the dorms does get diagnosed with it. This includes isolating infected students and quarantine students who may be at risk.


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