What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

By: - August 22, 2022 5:00 am

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Aug. 3 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Arkansas State University’s communicable disease guidelines apply to monkeypox as well as COVID-19, meaning students should stay home and get medical help if they are ill, chief communications officer Bill Smith said in an email. The ASU system’s main campus is in Jonesboro, where no monkeypox cases have been confirmed.

“It would be inappropriate to speculate” on potential remote learning plans at this point, Smith said. The university will rely on state health department guidance when necessary.

“COVID taught everyone to have continuity of operations plans in place for any eventuality,” Smith said.

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.