Campus Update — February 8

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

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:26 p.m. on Monday, February 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 26,852,809 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 462,037 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 59,307,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 42,417,617 have been adminisered throughout the U.S. Of the vaccines administered, the CDC reports that 32,340,146 people have recieved one or more doses, and 9,518,015 people have recieved two doses. 
  • 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 11:37 a.m. on Monday, February 8, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 109,283 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 54 cases that are new, and 1,809 deaths. There are 2,308 active cases in the state, including 112 current hospitalizations. A total of 105,166 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the CDC, 161,150 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to South Dakota, and 133,068 vaccinations have been administered. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the CDC reports that 92,615 people have received one or more doses, and 40,368 have received two doses. 
  • South Dakota is currently vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1D; those who are 75 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancert), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

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 12:28 p.m. on Monday, February 8, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,791 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 12 cases that are new, and 394 deaths. There are 701 active cases in both counties, including 29 current hospitalizations. A total of 33,696 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 we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving 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.