Campus Update - April 24
Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, April 24, here are the latest things to know:
- Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, April 24, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,040 positive cases of COVID-19. Eighty-nine percent of the total number of cases in South Dakota are in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with 1,823. Fifty-eight percent of the total number of positive cases in the state have recovered. Ten people who have tested positive for the virus have died. As of Wednesday, April 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 828,441 cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., with 46,379 deaths.
- The Sioux Falls City Council voted on Tuesday, April 21 to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
- The Governor has extended the executive order 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.
- COVID-19 Case Update: We sent out an email communication last night informing students, staff and faculty that a person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was working at the Augustana Campus Learning Center (CLC), which was serving a small number of children and families who needed essential childcare. Read the full message.
- The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was last at the facility on Monday, April 20 and has not returned since that time. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis late yesterday afternoon, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) last night.
- Augustana has identified and contacted the families and staff members who may have been in contact with the individual. We have asked those contacts to self-quarantine for the 14-day period from the last date of exposure on April 20, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- The Campus Learning Center will be closed until Monday, May 4. The closure will allow time for employees and those who utilize their services to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days. Augustana will be taking the necessary safety precautions while performing a deep cleaning of the center.
- 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:
- Finals Week Update: Earlier this week, the Curriculum Council modified Finals Guidelines for Spring 2020 in relation to synchronous and asynchronous exam options. View the policy.
- 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 a number of 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 pool remains closed. 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.