University of Arkansas—Monticello officials have moved all instruction to off-campus, online virtual classrooms until March 30 after a student there had direct contact with a patient who was confirmed to have presumptive COVID-19, or coronavirus. An additional 32 other UAM students and four faculty members were in the same facility where the infection was confirmed.

The patient with COVID-19 was at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. None of the students or faculty identified have been back to the UAM campus since their potential exposure, school officials said, and none are campus residents. The direct contact between the patient and the student happened March 9, before the patient was confirmed to have presumptive COVID-19.

University officials said instructors will communicate with students through Blackboard or email, and that this should not be considered a cancellation of classes. 

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