Campus Update — April 6

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Monday, April 6, here are the latest things to know:

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Monday, April 6, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 288 cases of COVID-19. Ninety-one people have recovered from the virus in the state and four people have died. Minnehaha County has reported 140 cases and 24 in Lincoln County.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor issued a Safer at Home Executive Proclamation this morning that offers new guidelines for businesses and residents to follow as it relates to the virus. The Sioux Falls City Council will vote Tuesday night whether to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to April 22. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees. The ordinance is enforceable by a Class 2 misdemeanor.
    • South Dakota’s Governor has extended an executive order, formerly set to expire on May 2, to May 31. The Governor has also issued an 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 for the next three weeks. All K-12 school districts in the state will finish the 2019-20 school year with online learning.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age  of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • The Center for Campus Life will be modifying operations beginning this week. Staff who currently have offices in the Campus Life suite will be accessible remotely for virtual meetings, as well as phone or email conversations, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at campuslife@augie.edu or 605.274.5215.
    • Outside of normal business hours, Viking Advisors (VAs) On-Call are accessible via the on-call phone number posted in your area. An Assistant Director On-Call (ADOC) with Campus Safety is available for urgent needs at all times by calling 605.274.4014. If you think your needs can be met with a phone call, please provide your number to Campus Safety or on-call staff when you reach out. All on-call staff have been instructed to wear masks and exercise appropriate physical distancing when responding in person to student needs.
  • Town Hall Meetings: President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has invited administrators, faculty, support staff and coaching staff to participate in virtual town hall meetings on Thursday, April 9. These meetings are an opportunity to be together, ask questions and share concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on Augustana. Details regarding the time for each group and how to connect via Zoom have been sent to your email. Augustana Student Association Executive Leadership will represent students in a virtual town hall meeting with key constituents of the university on Wednesday, April 8.
  • Financial Implications for Students: As a reminder, CFO and Executive Vice President Shannan Nelson sent a message on March 26 to students and parents outlining the details related to housing, dining and parking rebates. By Thursday, April 9, each student will be able to see the rebate applied to their account through the student portal, and each student will have the option to a) request a refund, or b) apply the rebate as a credit to their account for next semester. Read the full message.
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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.