COVID-19 Checkup 09-16-2021

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September 16, 2021

Bearkats,

Can you believe that the official start of fall begins next week? And with that comes cold and flu season along with respiratory illnesses, as if we didn’t have enough to worry about. The best advice? Take the necessary precautions and continue with proven interventions such as wearing face coverings when indoors in public places and getting vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu.

Flu Shots

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is hosting a free flu shot clinic on Wednesday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LSC 241 for faculty and staff only.

The Student Health Center will be hosting a free flu shot clinic for students only on Tuesday, October 5 in the LSC-Orange Ballroom and on Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Yard.

Help! I Need Someone

Just a reminder that with all that is going on in the world, it’s OK not to be OK at times. But we want to make sure that you take the steps to improve your mental and physical well-being through a variety of campus resources.

Helpline: The SHSU Helpline has trained volunteers available to help you talk through many life problems, such as stress, anxiety, and loneliness. This after-hours mental health service is offered by the Counseling Center and is available to students and the larger community as a free resource. Trained volunteers are available to offer a listening ear and support in a confidential and nonjudgmental way. All Helpline volunteers are required to go through extensive training and receive on-going supervision and continuing education with mental health clinicians at the Counseling Center. The Helpline can be reached at 936-294-4111 between the hours of 4 – 9 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays.

Faculty/Staff: Our Employee Assistance Program, provides numerous resources to help with a variety of issues, including stress and anxiety. These services are free for faculty, staff, spouses, live-in partner and eligible dependent children. Also, resourcesforliving.com/ offers more extensive support options (Username: SHSU; Password: SHSU).

Students: The Counseling Center provides a variety of free, confidential mental health services to support you through any concerns that may be standing in the way of you being at your best. Visit their website to learn more about available resources and how to get started.

Just Keep Testing

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.

Self-Test Q & A:

What you need to know about the Abbott Binax Rapid over-the-counter home COVID test:

Q: I tested negative with the self-test. Do I get proof of that result?

A: No. The test result is not recorded anywhere; this test is designed as a self-screening option.

Q: Is this test good to use before air travel?

A: No, air travel requires a molecular PCR test; this is a rapid antigen test.

Q: Is this test a mouth swab or nose swab?

A: Nasal swab. The swab is inserted only in the opening of the nose.

Q: When should I test?

A: Per the CDC, if you are exposed to COVID-19 by close contact, test 3-5 days after that exposure. If you are doing routine screening tests, weekly testing is recommended.

Q: What do I do if my test is positive?

A: Self-report. Your test kit has a sticker with a QR code on it that links you directly to the reporting site.

Q: Do I need to see a doctor if I test positive?

A: You should if you are concerned about your symptoms or have questions. You also need to isolate for 10 days.

Q: How do I get a note for class if I test positive?

A: By self-reporting your result to the SHSU portal.

The Abbott Binax Rapid over-the-counter home COVID test is in stock at the SHC Pharmacy. The test kit is free with your SAM ID.

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

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.

Work Group Members

Members

Name Department
Drew Miller Student Affairs
Brian Loft Academic Affairs
Robert Williams Health Center
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
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
Weslie Gray College of Arts & Media
Anne Gaillard Office of the Provost
Lonnie Booker Emergency Management

Ad Hoc Members

Name Department
Jerrell Sherman Dean of Students Office
Jessica Smith Human Resources
Rachel Valle Student Activities
Clint Lockwood Enrollment Management
Rachel Shorter Client Services
Kristy Vienne Auxiliary Services
Bill Angrove SHSU Online
Julie Schwab Provost's Office