COVID-19 Checkup


October 29, 2020

SHSU Community,

Medical professionals and public health officials have sounded the alarm. Nationally, COVID-19 cases are surging. The university is also seeing a spike in cases.

We all have coronavirus fatigue, but we can’t let our guard down. With Thanksgiving just four weeks away, followed by final exam week, now is the time to remain vigilant. Although the state of Texas opened and expanded capacity at restaurants and bars, we still need to practice safety measures. Being lax about social distancing and mask requirements, whether in public areas or small get-togethers, particularly indoors, can put our entire Bearkat community at risk.

New COVID-19 Testing Kiosk on Campus

Beginning Monday, November 2, SHSU will provide another option for free COVID-19 testing. The university has partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Curative, Inc. to set up a testing kiosk on campus to administer saliva-based-PCR tests to students, faculty and staff. Results are provided in less than 48 hours.

The Curative Testing Kiosk will be in front of the LSC (near the Sam Houston statue). Testing will be available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Although walk-up is available, you are encouraged to pre-register at:

Students: Pre-register for the free test at Curative Appointment Website-Student 

Faculty/Staff: Pre-register for the free test at Curative Appointment Website-Fac/Staff  

Please bring your Sam Houston State University ID to check-in for your test.

Testing is not recommended for those who have had a positive test within the last 90 days.

HMH Testing Ends

Huntsville Memorial Hospital will no longer be on campus on Tuesdays to provide COVID testing. Students can still get tested at the Student Health Center or visit the Curative COVID-19 Testing Kiosk on campus, beginning Monday, November 2.


Q: I was notified to quarantine because of a close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, but I got a test and it was negative. Do I still need to complete the 14-day quarantine?

A: Yes. If you tested negative, the result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. The incubation period of the virus is 14 days and you will need to complete your full quarantine.

COVID Conversations

In this week’s COVID Conversations, Drew Miller continues to answer questions submitted to The goal of COVID Conversations is to provide clarity on how our campus community is navigating the pandemic. We encourage faculty, staff and students to continue to submit their pandemic-related questions to

COVID Updates

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are added to the university’s dashboard every Monday through Friday, at approximately 4:30 p.m. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.

COVID-19 Resources


Since COVID-19 information seems to change on a daily basis, please refer to official university sources for the most accurate information. For the most current information, visit the Restart 2020 website daily.

COVID-19 Work Group

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
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