COVID-19 Checkup 09-02-2021

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September 2, 2021

Bearkats,

We’ve heard many members of our community express concern over the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in our area, as well as with the increase in COVID-19 hospitalization rates for unvaccinated individuals. This concern is warranted and reinforces the importance of EVERYONE in our community making the choice to make use of those simple, powerful, and proven interventions like wearing masks when indoors in public places and getting vaccinated. By making the choice to adhere to these interventions that have been proven time and time again to have a powerful impact on slowing the spread of the virus, we can all do our part to maintain the momentum of our in-person fall semester experience.

Be Part of the Solution

As we approach the unofficial end to summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some recommendations if you plan on travelling this Labor Day weekend. According to the CDC, the unvaccinated shouldn’t travel and the vaccinated should consider their risk before travelling including local transmission rates of the virus. When it comes to public gatherings indoors, in areas where transmission is substantial or high transmission, everyone should wear a mask when indoors regardless of vaccine status. So, in other words, get outside and soak up some of the last days of the summer, mask free!

Join Us For a COVID-19 Town Hall

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 7 at 3 p.m. on Blackboard for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall. Drew Miller, chair of the COVID-19 Work Group and members of the COVID-19 Work Group will answer questions about the pandemic and provide the latest updates on the university’s continued response.

Can’t make it? The Town Hall will be recorded.

Student Health Center Vaccination Clinics*

September 8 and 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
NGL

The SHC, in partnership with the Department of State Health Services, will offer:

  • First dose of Moderna or Pfizer
  • Second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. You must bring your vaccine card with your first dose date documented:
    • Pfizer – only if 21+ days after your first dose
    • Moderna – only if 28+ days after your first dose
  • Third booster dose ONLY for those with a weakened immune system or immunocompromised; this will be documented on your registration forms. You must bring your original vaccine card with prior vaccine and dates on it.

*Limited to 100 doses per day.

Quarantine FAQs

Q: How is quarantine different from isolation?

A: Quarantine is a 14-day period after your last close contact with a person infected with COVID-19. In quarantine, you are not infected with COVID-19, but are monitoring for symptoms after exposure.

Q: Why is quarantine 14 days?

A: The virus has an incubation period of 14 days. Once the virus enters the body, it can take up to 14 days to cause infection.

Q: If I get a negative test, can I end my quarantine?

A: No. A negative test only tells you that you are not infected yet, but you could still become infected at a later date. Both the CDC guidance and SHSU protocols require a 14-day* quarantine.

Q: What happens if I am in quarantine and then develop symptoms and test positive for COVID-19?

A: You would then move from quarantine to isolation protocol and your medical provider will guide you on what to do.

Q: Who does not have to quarantine after close contact exposure to a person infected with COVID-19?

A: A person who is fully vaccinated (2 weeks after their last dose), and not having symptoms does not have to quarantine. However, a test 3-5 days after exposure and wearing a face covering indoors in a public setting for 14 days is recommended by the CDC.

From The Experts...

How the MRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Protects You

Immunity To COVID-19 Could Last Longer Than You'd Think - NPR

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