COVID-19 Checkup 11-11-2021


November 11, 2021


It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and we are heading into the home stretch. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, finals week and Commencement. Looking back one year ago, finishing up the semester and planning for the holidays, in-person with friends and loved ones seemed so far away. Yet, here we are thanks to each and every Bearkat. We managed to effectively mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and keep our campus safer. And, because of those collective efforts, SHSU was one of 10 higher ed institutions, and the only university from the Texas State University System, selected as a 2021 Star Award recipient by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its overall COVID-19 response.

Know Before You Go

It’s been a while since we were able to gather in large groups for the holidays. Make sure your plans go off without a hitch and take a COVID-19 self-test before you go home for Thanksgiving and when you return to campus. You can pick up your Abbott Binax Rapid over-the-counter home COVID test at the LSC Information Center, Library Information Desk or SHC Pharmacy. Kits will also be available at The Woodlands Center and COM. 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.

What Are The Common Symptoms of a Cold and COVID-19?

We are heading into cold and flu season, and as a reminder, we are still in a pandemic. Below is a refresher on the differences between a cold and COVID-19:

Common symptoms of a cold can include the following, according to the CDC:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Body aches

The CDC lists these as the most common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

It’s important to at least consider that you could have COVID-19 if you develop even mild symptoms. So, anyone with viral illness symptoms, particularly if they’re not COVID-19 vaccinated, should wear a mask and take a COVID test.

Walker County COVID-19 Grief Support Group

While you may be excited to jump into the holiday spirit again, many are not. Sadly, over the past year, thousands have lost friends and loved ones to COVID-19. To date, the death toll in the U.S. has eclipsed those of every other country and California and Texas have had the most total deaths.

If you have lost friends or loved ones and are looking for a community of connection and support, faculty have started a COVID-19 Grief Support Group. The group is open to students, faculty and staff, including those who reside in Walker County and individuals who travel here for work or school.

For more information, please email Carolyn Moore in the School of Music or psychology student Joshua Crosby or join them on Facebook.

COVID-19 Updates

We encourage you to continually check the SHSU COVID-19 website for additional updates and if you have questions, please email

Community Transmission Rate: Moderate

During moderate 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


Erica Bumpurs (Chair) Health Center
Rhonda Beassie Human Resources
Lonnie Booker Emergency Management
Mary-Katherine Breen Academic Success Center
Anne Gaillard Office of the Provost
Weslie Gray College of Arts & Media
Stephanie Knific Marketing & Communications
Dustin LeNorman Athletics
Drew Miller Student Affairs
Matt Roberts Facilities Services
Rachel Shorter Client Services
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
Candace Walkley College of Osteopathic Medicine
Robert Williams Health Center