COVID-19 Checkup 08-12-2021

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August 12, 2021

Bearkats!

We are so excited to welcome you to campus over the next few days and can’t wait to see you in person! There is so much to look forward to as we begin a new academic year – events, clubs, activities, tailgating and more!

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still here but we continue to do all we can to keep you healthy on campus. We are asking our SHSU community to be personally and corporately responsible to help keep all Bearkats healthy:

President White's Message for Fall 2021 and COVID-19

Our medical staff continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and the Delta variant's impact in our area in order to provide guidance and information. The Delta variant is more infectious and is leading to increased hospitalizations – especially among the unvaccinated.

The good news is that we learned so much last year, and just like last year, we are confident that through our collective efforts we can have the successful, in-person semester that we’ve all been hopeful for. Our best shot at making this a reality is if we all continue to do those things that we know help keep us safe and healthy:

Vaccinations

Haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? When you arrive on campus, self-schedule an appointment on select weekdays by logging into the Patient Portal. Once vaccinated, upload your vaccine information into your Patient Portal to update your health records at the Student Health Center.

Face Coverings

All unvaccinated members of the SHSU community are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when indoors in public spaces. Those who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings indoors in public spaces during periods of "substantial" or "high" transmission.

Testing

COVID-19 testing remains a critical weapon in stopping the spread of the virus. Students, faculty and staff coming to campus should consider continuing to get the quick and free test on a regular basis until health officials determine it's no longer necessary.

Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to test at least weekly during the semester whether or not they have symptoms or experienced a known exposure.

Student Testing: The SHC offers free screening testing and testing associated with an appointment. Call 936-294-1805 and staff will help you to determine which test you may need during your visit.

Faculty/Staff Testing: The SHC offers asymptomatic screening testing only for faculty or staff through an appointment in our nurse clinic. If you have any symptoms, seek medical care through your primary medical provider.

NEW Self -Testing: The Abbott Binax Rapid over the counter home COVID test is now available at the SHC Pharmacy. Administer the test yourself with a simple nasal swab in the comfort and convenience of your home, with results in 15 minutes. This test contains two tests per box so you can test yourself twice within three days, with at least 36 hours between tests. The test kit is free with your SAM ID.

What We Are Doing:

The university continues to provide the following campus safety measures:

  • Hand sanitizing stations at building entrances
  • Regular cleaning of facilities
  • Optional plexiglass barriers in classrooms
  • HVAC equipment upgrades*
    • Existing HVAC equipment that could support MERV-15/15a filters were upgraded to this level of filtration;
    • Existing HVAC equipment which could not be upgraded to use MERV-15/15a filters were upgraded with a combination of MERV 9 filters and UVC light; or
    • Stand-alone HEPA filtration units were installed in densely occupied spaces
  • Enhanced exposure tracking and notification of known close contacts

Again, we know how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Please help the Bearkat community by getting vaccinated, wear a face covering when necessary, frequently wash your hands, monitor yourself for symptoms, get tested regularly, and stay home if you feel ill.

COVID-19 Updates

Weekly updates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will continue to be added to the university’s dashboard every Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.

Reminders

If you received a positive COVID-19 test, don't forget to self-report your results immediately so we may ensure our dashboard is as accurate as possible.

If you received a COVID vaccine, don’t forget to add that information to your Patient Portal for your records.

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