Campus Update — September 15

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 29,323,247 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 929,444 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Monday, September 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 6,503,030 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 193,705 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, September 14, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 16,801 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 163 cases that are new, and 184 deaths. There are 2,499 active cases in the state, including 110 current hospitalizations. A total of 14,118 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, September 14, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 6,985 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 32 cases that are new, and 76 deaths. There are 694 active cases in both counties, including 30 current hospitalizations. A total of 6,215 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Tuesday, September 15, Augustana University has received a total of 79 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 28 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.