COVID-19 Checkup

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February 11, 2020

As we continue to hear from our campus community, it is clear that vaccines are on everyone’s mind. Although vaccine distribution in the United States has been delayed, the average number of shots administered daily has been increasing. The supply of vaccines is also growing. Since Sam Houston State University Health Center is an approved vaccine provider, we wanted to give you more information on the upcoming vaccination rollout.

Vaccine Distribution Update

The Student Health Center is currently making operational plans to pre-schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff or students.

Who Qualifies?

Initial doses are allocated for critical populations as identified by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

  • Phase 1A focuses on front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B focuses on people 65 and older and those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

If you currently qualify, you may request placement on the SHC waiting list by emailing shc@shsu.edu or calling the SHC at 936-294-1805. You will be asked to provide contact information and disclose your age or health condition that qualifies you for Phase 1A or 1B.

The SHC will schedule your appointment time as soon as a dose is available. Prior to your appointment, you will have to log into your patient portal to complete a required vaccination registration form.

As vaccine availability increases, you may get your vaccine from a pharmacy, hospital or other “vaccine hub” before the SHC receives its supply. Students, faculty and staff who want to get vaccinated will eventually be able to do so. The vaccine is also anticipated to be more widely available to the general public later this spring.

Were You A Super Bowl Super Spreader?

Were you shouting, cheering, high-fiving and double-dipping with your friends at a Super Bowl gathering? If so, it would be wise to check your health status every day – even if you feel symptom free – to ensure you are safe to be on campus. CampusClear, is a daily, 10-second assessment tool for students and employees that helps you monitor your overall health. Campus community members can access the free CampusClear app at campusclear.com the App Store or Google Play.

Kudos and Thanks

Show your appreciation and nominate a faculty, staff or student who help keep our campus safer for everyone by exhibit outstanding COVID-19 safety and service. Bearkats will be recognized monthly and honored with the K.A.T. Award. Congratulations to our Kats caught caring in January:

Jeffrey Dunbar - Associate Director, LSC
Dr. Mahdi Safa - Professor, College of Science & Engineering Technology
Christopher Malyon - Senior, Major: Homeland Security Studies

COVID Q&A

What is double masking?
Double masking is when a person wears two masks: typically, a cloth mask over a surgical mask. Wearing a second mask has become more common as new variants of the virus continue to be identified.

Should I double-mask?
The key to an effective mask is multiple layers and a snug fit. Given the highly contagious new COVID-19 variants and the continuing reality of this pandemic, doubling down on more than just your mask is crucial. You still need to commit to: meticulous hand washing and hygiene, proper social distancing, avoiding social gatherings and crowds, postponing nonessential errands and travel, and staying at home if you feel sick.

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

COVID-19 – Asymptomatic Screening
Where: SHC Health Hut
When:
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:

  • Log into shsu.medicatconnect.com 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

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.

REMINDER: If you received a positive COVID-19 test, please self-report your results immediately so we may ensure our dashboard is as accurate as possible.

COVID-19 Work Group

Members
NameDepartment
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
NameDepartment
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