COVID-19 Checkup 04-29-2021


April 29, 2021

Bearkat Community,

Well, this is it - the final countdown! I know you are all excited to have made it to this point and you should be extremely proud. Over the past several weeks, our university has seen low COVID infection numbers, expanded campus vaccinations to all eligible employees and students, and received updated guidance from the CDC. Our medical staff are pleased with these significant indicators and look forward to continued progress as we prepare for the Fall semester. Please be advised that as more people get vaccinated, changes will be forthcoming. What those changes will look like is hard to say, so please continue to monitor our website to stay up-to-date on important COVID-related information.

CDC Mask Guidelines Update

The CDC has announced relaxed mask guidelines for fully vaccinated people which state that vaccinated people can travel outside without a mask if they are not in large groups.

Based on the CDC’s guidance, the university continues to recommend masking in crowded outdoor settings and venues such as packed stadiums and concerts where there is decreased ability to maintain physical distance and where many unvaccinated people may also be present.

The CDC has released a chart that pairs common activities with color-coded recommendations based on risk factors relative to a person’s vaccination status and whether the activity is indoors or outdoors.

CDC - Choosing Safter Activities Chart

Just a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Before you go

The patient portal is back open for vaccinations! Students, faculty and staff can once again self-schedule a Johnson & Johnson (one dose) vaccine through the patient portal. Appointments are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Walker County COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduler Application can also help you find a vaccine near you.

The last day of operation for the LSC asymptomatic COVID-19 testing location is Friday April 30. The outdoor ABIV Health Hut will remain open from May 3 through May 7.

Beginning Monday, May 10, the Student Health Center will offer a testing option for asymptomatic screening.

Kudos and Thanks

Congratulations to our latest group of Bearkats to be honored with the K.A.T. Award. The K.A.T. Award is given to those who keep our campus safer for everyone by exhibiting outstanding COVID-19 safety and service. Bearkats are recognized monthly and honored with the K.A.T. Award. Congratulations to our Kats caught caring in April:

  • Staff - Dr. Robert Williams, Director of Medical Service
  • Faculty - Dr. Ricardo Montelongo, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Student - Sandi Harris, Senior, Majoring in Construction Management

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