COVID-19 Checkup 09-30-2021

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September 30, 2021

Bearkats,

Thank you to all students who filled out a survey last week to help us assess overall vaccination rates on campus. The responses were extremely encouraging, showing that more than 80+ percent of students are fully or partially vaccinated. But, that means we still have work to do. If you haven’t gotten a vaccine or if you have and did not receive your second dose, schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center. 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.

What is All This Confusion Around COVID-19 Booster Shots?

We’ve all been hearing reports of medical experts/CDC recommending millions of Americans who received the Pfizer vaccine to get a booster dose.

Why?

Well, because not everyone is eligible at this time. Since the Pfizer vaccine was authorized first, its data on boosters was the first available. Experts are still reviewing data about Johnson & Johnson and Moderna boosters.

So, Who is Eligible?

Age 65+: People who are age 65+ and those who live in long-term care facilities.

High Risk: Adults age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID-19. Younger adults age 18-49 should consider getting a booster based on their individual risk assessment.

High Exposure: Adults age 18-64 who are: healthcare workers, teachers, daycare staff, grocery workers, people in shelters among others.

If you have questions about eligibility, contact your medical provider.

Take Advantage of Free Mental Health Services

Now that we are just about midway through the semester, it’s a good time to personally assess your mental and physical health. This week marked Mental Health Awareness Week and the university spotlighted numerous programs and services to highlight the importance of mental health and the resources available on campus including: Helpline, Counseling and COVID-19 Support.

Faculty and Staff can take advantage of free services through our Employee Assistance Program.

Self-test Now Available at LSC

Self-Test: The Abbott Binax Rapid over-the-counter home COVID test is now available for pick up at the LSC Information Desk, in addition to the SHC Pharmacy! The test, which contains two tests per box, is free with your SAM ID.

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.

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