November 12, 2020
This pandemic is once again headed in a very scary direction. Texas just earned the unfortunate designation of being the first state in the nation to reach 1 million COVID cases. It seems safe to say that for Thanksgiving and the weeks that follow, many Bearkats will be spending extended periods of time indoors with friends and family who live outside their household. As we gear up for the upcoming holiday season, it is important to remember that the main threat isn’t the traveling (hopefully by car) or gathering, but the combination of the two. Getting together indoors for food and drink remains risky, but in many ways, we as a community can control how this virus spreads by wearing a face covering, physical distancing and getting regulary tested for the virus.
Get tested before Thanksgiving!
Get tested NOW! The university offers free COVID-19 testing at a kiosk conveniently located on campus. SHSU is working in partnership with Curative to administer saliva-based-PCR tests* to students, faculty and staff. Results are provided in less than 48 hours. The kiosk is located outside the LSC and testing will be available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Although walk-up testing is available, you are encouraged to pre-register.
*Testing is not recommended for those who have had a positive test within the last 90 days.
Not close to campus? Search this CDC-recommended website to find another location near you.
SHSU In The News
In case you missed it, Erica Bumpurs was featured on FOX 26 this week on Melissa’s Healthworks to discuss testing on campus.
Q: I have tested positive for COVID-19. Should I get tested again?
A: Not necessarily. As long as you remain symptom free, once you’ve tested positive for the virus, you do not need to be tested again for 90 days from symptom onset if you became ill, OR from the date of your positive test if you remained asymptomatic.
However, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during that three-month period, and if clinicians cannot identify another cause for these symptoms, you may need to be re-tested.
Worried about leaving campus to go home for Thanksgiving? Drew Miller talks about what you can do to mitigate the virus in this week’s COVID Conversations. 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 COVID19@SHSU.edu.
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.
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|
|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|
|Terry Blaylock||Client Services|
|Kristy Vienne||Auxiliary Services|
|Bill Angrove||SHSU Online|
|Julie Schwab||Provost's Office|