Campus Update — April 14

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Tuesday, April 14, here are the latest things to know:

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Tuesday, April 14, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 988 cases of COVID-19, including 261 people who have recovered. Minnehaha County and Lincoln Counties have reported 823 total cases with 147 of those recovered.
    • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced this afternoon that she will not issue a shelter-in-place order for Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties.
    • Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has given notice for the City Council to consider a shelter-in-place order for the City of Sioux Falls. The first reading will take place at the City Council meeting on the evening of Wednesday, April 15, and a second reading on Tuesday, April 21. Augustana will be communicating more broadly on what that means for students, staff and faculty. The Risk Assessment Team has been outlining plans should a shelter-in-place order be issued.
    • In partnership with Feeding South Dakota, the Helpline Center, Faith Temple Food Giveaway, Corona Help Sioux Falls and the Salvation Army, a food distribution center has been set up at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-8 p.m. Register to receive food assistance.
    • In conjunction with the state of North Dakota, the Governor announced a new voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • Town Hall Meetings: Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin invited administrators, faculty, support staff and coaching staff to participate in virtual town hall meetings on Thursday, April 9. These meetings provided an opportunity to be together, ask questions and share concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on Augustana. If you missed your respective town hall session and would like to watch the recording, please contact Pam Miller.
    • Augustana Student Association Executive Leadership represented students in a virtual town hall meeting with key constituents of the university on Wednesday, April 8. Watch the full Zoom meeting (login required).
  • A number of June events and camps have been canceled. These include Summer Music Camp, ACT Prep Camp and the Autism Conference. Be sure to visit augie.edu/canceled to review an up-to-date listing as this page is frequently updated.
  • Edda, the Augustana yearbook, will not be able to feature senior portraits with diplomas in the back of the yearbook as it customarily does because there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony in May. Instead, the yearbook staff would like to create spreads featuring photos that seniors submit to the publication. Seniors can submit photos from any time over their four years at Augustana. The photos must be appropriate and include the name of every individual in the photo and the photographer. Photos can be submitted to edda@ole.augie.edu.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact your healthcare provider and stay at home for the mandated isolation period. Many insurance carriers offer telehealth (ability to talk with a healthcare provider via telecommunication technologies such as a mobile app or website). Call ahead or use telehealth options to help avoid the spread of illness. Please contact Employee Health or the Campus Clinic should you have any questions or need assistance. The following resources are available:

Please note: If employees are ill for greater than three days, please contact Employee Health at 605.274.4726 as Family Medical Leave Act rules may apply.

Should you have any questions regarding the coronavirus or need to update the risk-assessment team on campus-related matters or events, please send a message to news@augie.edu. Please continue to check for updates and more information on the Augustana coronavirus webpage at augie.edu/coronavirus.