COVID-19 Checkup


January 28, 2020

Thank you Bearkats for continually supporting our COVID-19 prevention and mitigation efforts. We are now two weeks into the semester and remain cautiously optimistic as we follow state and local case trends. Because of your flexibility and diligence, as of yesterday, the university was able to lift the two-week moratorium on events. The health and safety of faculty, staff, students and guests remains the top priority. There are risks associated with gatherings, so we will be providing new guidance regarding hosting indoor and outdoor events. All other health and safety rules remain in effect, including mandatory distancing, masks and other protocols.

Together, we can keep Sam Houston State healthy!

COVID-19 Town Hall

Join Dr. Drew Miller and a panel of guests at a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, February 3 at 3 p.m. as they answer questions from faculty, staff and students about COVID-19 and provide the latest updates on the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemicdd

To join the live event, log in to Blackboard with your SHSU username and password. Select "COVID-19 Town Hall" from the main screen.

FREE COVID-19 Testing Now Offered to Faculty and Staff!

Where: SHC Health Hut
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No appointment necessary

SHSU faculty and staff can now be tested at the SHC for asymptomatic screening. In order to be tested at the SHC, employees need to do the following:

  • Visit the SHC website to access the patient portal
  • Log in with your single sign on (SSO) credentials to access your account
  • Select the Insurance tab to add your insurance information
  • Bring your SAM ID to test

All testing samples will be processed through the SHC’s lab, CPL. Individuals will receive their results through a secure message in their patient portal in approximately 24 to 48 hours.

Student Testing - COVID-19 – Asymptomatic Screening

Where: SHC Health Hut
When: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

No appointment necessary
The testing provided by the SHC is for asymptomatic screening. In order to be tested at the SHC, students need to do the following:

COVID-19 Testing – Symptomatic

  • Students: If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical care at the SHC
  • Faculty/Staff: If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical care through your medical provider

Coping with COVID-19 Support Group

According to Inside Higher Ed, uncertainty, instability and self-doubt have been common themes in the lives of college students during 2020 as their education and career plans shift due to the coronavirus pandemic. To help our Bearkats cope with heightened stress and anxiety, the Counseling Center has started a weekly COVID-19 Support Group every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a private space for SHSU students to share their thoughts and experiences and learn practical strategies to cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested students should call the SHSU Counseling Center at 936-294-1720 for a brief screening.

COVID Conversations

Taking a COVID-19 test at the Student Health Center? The test is different from the oral swab test previously administered. Watch this video to see how easy this testing is in this week’s COVID Conversations. The goal of COVID Conversations is to provide clarity on how our campus community is navigating the pandemic. We encourage faculty, staff and students to continue to submit their pandemic-related questions to

COVID-19 Updates

Weekly updates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will continue to be added to the university’s dashboard every Monday through Friday, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Since data is constantly evolving, we are currently looking at improvements to our COVID-19 Dashboard. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.

COVID-19 Work Group

Drew Miller Student Affairs
Brian Loft Academic Affairs
Robert Williams Health Center
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
Ann Theodori SAM Center
Stephanie Knific Marketing & Communications
Rachel Shorter Tech/Desktop Services
Dustin LeNorman Athletics
Matt Roberts Facilities Services
Rhonda Beassie Human Resources
Candace Walkley College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erica Bumpurs Health Center
Mary-Katherine Breen Academic Success Center
Wayne Barrett College of Arts & Media
Anne Gaillard Biology/College of Science & Engineering Technology
Steve Jeter Public Safety
Ad Hoc Members
Jerrell Sherman Dean of Students Office
Jessica Smith Human Resources
Rachel Valle Student Activities
Clint Lockwood Enrollment Management
Terry Blaylock Client Services
Kristy Vienne Auxiliary Services
Bill Angrove SHSU Online
Julie Schwab Provost's Office