After the Pine Bluff Commercial went to press early Tuesday afternoon, late Tuesday, it was learned that four students and two staff personnel at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff had tested positive for the conoravirus.

Tuesday evening the Commercial was able to independently verify the information with sources from the university’s advertising and PR agency, who said, “The staff impacted were not classroom instructors nor faculty and it was believed to be community spread.”

Those infected have been moved into quarantine off campus for 10-14 days, according to a statement from Vice Chancellor for Advancement George Cotton.

Classes at UAPB had just started on August 17, which was previously documented in the Commercial’s August 18 edition.

As the Wednesday edition of the Commercial was preparing for press, there has been no additional public statements regarding the students involved, how they got the virus, or their activities at the time they were infected, including if the infected students were attending UAPB in person or were engaged in online classes.

In a related development, the Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. (JCCSI) issued a statement Wednesday saying that it will be offering free COVID-19 testing on Saturday, August 29 at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

The free COVID-19 walk-up testing will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Clemmons Arena on the University’s campus at 1200 N. University in Pine Bluff.

JCCSI touts “a dedicated medical team to provide community members free testing," also saying, "The testing is open to everyone and participants do not need to be exhibiting symptoms to get tested.”