Campus Update — February 1

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

Global Outlook: As of 4:45 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 103,333,479 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 2,235,401 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 1:55 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 26,034,475 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 439,955 deaths.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 

State Outlook: As of 12:09 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 107,180 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 32 cases that are new, and 1,705 deaths. There are 3,678 active cases in the state, including 161 current hospitalizations. A total of 101,797 people have recovered from COVID-19 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, February 1, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,473 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 23 cases that are new, and 385 deaths. There are 855 active cases in both counties, including 39 current hospitalizations. A total of 33,233 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 Monday, February 1, Augustana University has received a total of 370 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, none remain active and 370 people have recovered. 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.