COVID-19 Checkup 03-04-2021


March 11, 2020

Bearkat Community,

It has been one year today since the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus pandemic, but today, we are beginning to see signs of hope. A third vaccine has been approved and is being distributed, more vaccination sites are opening on a daily basis and the rate of infections are declining. Here at Sam Houston State, Bearkat Athletics is back, face covering restrictions outside have been loosened and a well-deserved Spring Break begins next week. After Spring Break concludes, there are only seven weeks left until the end of the semester. The COVID-19 Work Group urges individuals to remain committed to safe practices, such as wearing face coverings and maintaining proper social distancing. As things continually improve, let’s not forget the past year, but learn from it.

Face Coverings Update on Campus

As of March 10, the university has modified its face covering protocols to the following:

  • Continue to require all individuals in ALL buildings on the Sam Houston State University campus to wear face coverings.
  • Modify the face covering requirement outside. Face coverings will only be required in outside campus areas where:
    • Physical distancing (6 feet or more) is NOT possible
    • When in groups (2 people or more)
    • Where congestion is likely and,
    • At prescribed events, including all Athletic events

Don’t Forget to Get Tested!

Taking a staycation or vacation over Spring Break? Make sure you are COVID-free before and after the break. Get tested NOW and when you return to campus. The SHC offers free testing for students, faculty and staff. You just need to provide your insurance or driver’s license information. Testing is recommended twice per week for effective screening.

New Vaccine Eligibility

The Student Health Center continues to pre-schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff and students. Currently, the Moderna vaccine is being offered to:

  • Beginning MARCH 15 – Phase 1C includes Texans age 50 and older 
  • 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 K-12 teachers, staff and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.
  • 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 are a faculty, staff or student who qualifies, you may request to be placed on the SHC waiting list by emailing 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

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

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