COVID-19 Checkup 08-26-2021

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August 26, 2021

Bearkats!

Bearkats,

As we readjust to campus life, it’s important to remember that you should continue taking precautions against COVID-19. The bottom line is the virus is not going away any time soon. We are hopeful that eventually COVID 19 will be a routine seasonal virus that does not disrupt our daily lives, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, continue with those preventative measures that we know work including frequent washing of hands, masking indoors, and staying home if you feel ill.

COVID-19 Town Hall

As the delta variant continues to surge, so do questions relating to the coronavirus. Drew Miller, chair of the COVID-19 Work Group and members of the COVID-19 Work Group will host a virtual Town Hall on Blackboard to answer your questions* about the pandemic and provide the latest updates on the university’s continued response.

Tuesday, September 7
3 p.m.

You may submit up to three questions in advance for discussion consideration.

SHC Vaccination Clinic

Just a reminder, if you’re vaccinated, your risk of serious illness or hospitalization remains low because your immune system is better prepared to handle an infection than it would have been without the vaccine.

The Student Health Center and the Texas Department of State Health Services will host a COVID vaccination clinic at the NGL on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9. Participants will be able to choose from either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. No appointment is needed.

Testing

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

Students: 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: 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.

Self-Test: The Abbott Binax Rapid over-the-counter home COVID test is 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.

The SHC is currently out of stock of these tests but expects to receive a new supply soon. Watch for updates on social media.

COVID-19 Updates

Community Transmission Rate: High

During high rates of community transmission, the CDC strongly encourages wearing face coverings when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

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