September 2, 2021
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.
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.
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...
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.
|Drew Miller||Student Affairs|
|Brian Loft||Academic Affairs|
|Robert Williams||Health Center|
|Joellen Tipton||Residence Life|
|Ann Theodori||SAM Center|
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|Rachel Shorter||Tech/Desktop Services|
|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|
|Jerrell Sherman||Dean of Students Office|
|Jessica Smith||Human Resources|
|Rachel Valle||Student Activities|
|Clint Lockwood||Enrollment Management|
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|Kristy Vienne||Auxiliary Services|
|Bill Angrove||SHSU Online|
|Julie Schwab||Provost's Office|