Campus Update — January 25

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

Global Outlook: As of 10:55 a.m. on Monday, January 25, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 99,346,343 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 2,132,491 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 2:01 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 24,876,261 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 416,010 deaths.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • The CDC issued an order on January 12, that will require all airline passengers traveling to the U.S., including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Effective January 26, 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 10:47 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 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, January 25, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,144 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 49 cases that are new, and 372 deaths. There are 1,213 active cases in both counties, including 60 current hospitalizations. A total of 32,658 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, January 25, Augustana University has received a total of 371 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, three remain active and 364 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.