COVID-19 Checkup 08-19-2021

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August 19, 2021

Bearkats!

Bearkats,

Welcome back to campus! What an AMAZING week thus far – the energy and enthusiasm of students, faculty and staff is boundless as we all acclimate to university life again. We are grateful to the many Bearkats who have already chosen to be vaccinated or plan to do so soon. Whether you received your vaccine on campus or from a community provider, you are helping us keep our university safer and healthier. Our vaccine numbers among faculty and staff are strong –approximately 90 percent of faculty are vaccinated or will get vaccinated, which is incredible! We are still learning about students who were vaccinated over the summer, and continue to offer expanded opportunities including vaccines at no cost for faculty, staff and students throughout the semester. Students, keep your eyes out for the final student survey which will be emailed to you, as every response provides us with a more accurate picture of campus health and safety. Since COVID-19 and the delta variant appear here to stay, getting vaccinated is key.

Student Org Voluntary Self Testing Program

Students, is your campus organization interested in setting up a screening program for COVID self-testing? Why self-test? It helps identify asymptomatic cases (when an individual does not know they are COVID positive) and reduce potential spread. The American College Health Association recommends testing two times a week for those in higher education settings. You can receive a free Abbott Binax self-test at the SHC with your SAM ID. For more information, email ebumpurs@shsu.edu in the Student Health Center.

Testing

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

Self-Testing: Be proactive and take a self-test every week, whether you have symptoms or not. Pick up your free test kit at the SHC with your SAM ID.

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.

Face Coverings

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, areas with high transmissibility, including Texas, are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when indoors in public spaces. Transmissibility is considered high when there are 100 or more new cases per 100,000 in the past seven days. The delta variant, which makes up more than 80 percent of new infections in the U.S., is more than two times as transmissible than the original strains of the coronavirus, and experts believe it could cause vaccinated people to be contagious.

Those who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings indoors in public spaces during periods of "substantial" or "high" transmission.

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