COVID-19 Checkup 04-07-2022

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April 7, 2022

Bearkats,

It’s hard to believe that two years ago, Sam Houston State University joined the rest of the world in support of COVID-19 mitigation strategies to better protect ourselves and each other. Now, as we head into the final stretch of the semester, we reflect back on our success.

Today, finally, we have entered a phase in the COVID-19 pandemic where public health experts have recommended relaxing many of the mitigation strategies community-wide. As we move towards the endemic phase of COVID-19 our university will continue to keep some mitigation strategies in place such as access to at-home test kits and SHC clinic COVID testing for students. The Student Health Center can now run rapid PCR testing in the clinic due to the purchase of new technology through CARES Act funding.

Individuals can also protect themselves through the use of KF94, KN95, N95 or surgical masks which are now widely available and most have the ability to receive vaccines that significantly reduce the likelihood of severe disease. Likewise, our campus infrastructure has been enhanced. During the pandemic, the university adapted to improve efficiencies on campus including upgraded filtration and HVAC systems and UV lighting, sanitizer stations, free COVID testing and vaccination clinics, technology assistance for students and enhanced mental health services.

The university also extended its reach beyond the campus boundaries to improve the health and well-being of the City of Huntsville and Walker County with joint testing programs and food distribution for those most vulnerable in our communities. Additionally, Robert Williams, MD, director of medical services at SHSU Student Health Center, was appointed a Local Health Authority, providing the university with more streamlined and ready access to regional medical experts.

Our team will continue to monitor and adjust COVID-19 regulations and procedures as necessary. We appreciate all that you have done to support our campus and keep our Bearkats healthy!

New Reporting Measures

In case you missed it last month, the CDC modified how COVID-19 data is reported. Now, the CDC will report data from the county level only. The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.

Currently, our COVID-19 Community Level is LOW.

Prevention steps to take based on a Low COVID-19 Community Level?

COVID-19 Updates

We encourage you to continually check the SHSU COVID-19 website for additional updates and if you have questions, please email covid19@shsu.edu.

Don’t forget to self-report your positive COVID-19 case to the patient portal. Once you self-report, you will receive an auto-reply with helpful information and guidance.

Students who need documentation for a COVID-related absence should obtain documentation from the medical clinic/provider where they received care. Students who did not see a medical provider and still require documentation should use the Absence Request Notification Form. The Student Health Center will only provide documentation for students who had a medical appointment.

Test Kits

Don’t forget! At-home COVID-19 test kits are still available for all students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center. You must present your Sam ID to receive one test kit per week.

Work Group Members

Members

NameDepartment
Erica Bumpurs (Chair) Health Center
Rhonda Beassie Human Resources
Lonnie Booker Emergency Management
Mary-Katherine Breen Academic Success Center
Anne Gaillard Office of the Provost
Weslie Gray College of Arts & Media
Stephanie Knific Marketing & Communications
Dustin LeNorman Athletics
Drew Miller Student Affairs
Matt Roberts Facilities Services
Rachel Shorter Client Services
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
Candace Walkley College of Osteopathic Medicine
Robert Williams Health Center