Campus Update - May 8

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, May 8 here are the latest things to know:

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 8, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported a total of 3,144 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and 31 deaths; 1,044 of those cases are active with 76 people in the hospital. On Thursday, May 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,219,066 positive COVID-19 cases, including 73,297 deaths in the U.S.
    • The Sioux Falls City Council passed a “No Mingling Ordinance” effective today, May 8, to ease some the regulations placed on businesses and recreational facilities in March to help control the spread of COVID-19.
      • Licensed Food Entities: Restaurants, coffee shops and bars must separate their patrons by six feet. Smaller establishments are required to have a maximum of 10 patrons. They must also limit the size of parties or groups to six or fewer adults, with the exception of individuals 18-years-old and under.
      • Recreational Facilities:  Movie theatres, athletic facilities, entertainment venues and health clubs are limited to 50% of their posted occupancy.
      • All businesses are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines regardless of whether they are affected by the ordinance.
      • The city will make a decision on whether to allow organized athletic leagues and events on Friday, May 29. Those organizations must submit an adjusted operations plan to the city for approval.
      • The city council plans to discuss transit operations within Sioux Falls at their meeting on Tuesday, May 12.
      • City Hall and the City Center will reopen in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. The service counter on the ground floor of City Hall will reopen for utility billing and public parking services. Human Resources, the City Attorney, Geographic Information Services and Finance Offices will be open by appointment. The Mayor’s office remains open. The City Center will be open to assist people with planning and permit options and will be implementing new operational procedures.
      • The Governor’s executive order is still in place for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home until Monday, May 11. It’s unclear whether the Governor will extend the order.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The Elmen Center is closed on the weekends and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. The pool remains closed as well.
      • Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news.