COVID-19 Checkup 03-04-2021

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March 4, 2020

Bearkat Community,

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, the first known COVID case in the Houston area was reported. While conditions continually improve and vaccine distribution accelerates, the pandemic is not over yet. Until more Texans get vaccinated, we need to rely on the tried and true prevention measures – social distancing and face coverings. In response to Executive Order GA-34, announced this week by Gov. Greg Abbott, current rules and protocols at Sam Houston State University regarding face coverings will remain in place until further clarification is obtained. The university is seeking additional guidance from the Office of General Counsel and other vested entities regarding safety measures and health standards in place. We appreciate everyone's continued cooperation in keeping our campus community safer.

Don’t Be a Spring Break Super Spreader - Test, Test, Test!

Planning a staycation or vacation over Spring Break? Make sure you are COVID free before and after the break. The SHC COVID-19 Testing Health Hut has officially moved in front of ABIV! Get tested NOW and when you return to campus. The SHC offers free testing for students, faculty and staff. You simply need to provide your insurance or driver’s license information. Testing is recommended twice per week for effective screening.

Also, check your health status every day with CampusClear, a daily, 10-second assessment tool that helps you monitor your overall health. Access the free CampusClear app in the App Store or Google Play.

Extended Eligibility For Vaccines

  • The Student Health Center continues to pre-schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff or students. Currently, the Moderna vaccine is being offered to:
  • NEW - Teachers, child care workers and school staff including “those who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools (K-12), as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers," according to the federal directive. Currently, the state’s definition does not include those educators at post-secondary institutions.
  • Phase 1A focuses on front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B focuses on people 65 and older, those 18 years and older with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those with a Body Mass Index greater than 30.

If you qualify, you may request to be placed on the SHC waiting list by emailing shc@shsu.edu or calling 936-294-1805. To claim teaching eligibility, you will be asked to provide the name of the school or daycare you are associated with.

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.

You may be able to get your vaccine from a pharmacy, hospital or other “vaccine hub” before the SHC has availability. Students, faculty and staff who currently do not meet the eligibility criteria will eventually be able to get vaccinated as the vaccine is anticipated to be widely available to the general public later this spring.

Good to Know

During Spring Break, March 15 – 19, the Student Health Center will be open to give the vaccine to those who qualify and can come to the health center that week. Please call 936-294-1805 to request an appointment for a Spring Break Week vaccine if you meet the above-mentioned criteria.

The pandemic has been hard on everyone – especially for those students who must relocate or quarantine due to COVID or are dealing with pandemic-related stress. The Counseling Center has developed a new resource to help students during tough times. Let’s Talk is a free, virtual consultation service for students to:

  • Get feedback related to mental health concerns
  • Create solution-focused plans toward solving life dilemmas
  • Develop strategies on how to support a friend/relative
  • Receive referral resources

Students can schedule an appointment on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 1 – 2 p.m. Once logged in, students will be admitted to the waiting room and serviced in the order to be seen.

Bearkats Helping Bearkats
Students in the Mass Communications Department teamed up on this PSA to encourage individuals to wear face coverings.

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. 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