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COVID-19 Protocols

This color phase chart is for planning purposes and reflects general planning guidelines for campus decision makers.

The applicability of the color phase is determined by COVID-19 Response Team, a team designated by the South Dakota State University Emergency Management Team, which designates the phase based on state, community and campus factors.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university's COVID-19 Response Team continuously review COVID-19 protocols. SDSU works closely with the South Dakota Department of Health and local public health agencies to monitor COVID-19 in Brookings County and surrounding areas. The guidance on this chart will be updated to reflect the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SD-DOH public health guidelines.

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Category

Green - New Normal for Everyone. Based on state and local transmission data.

Potential Triggers - steady level of statewide hospital admissions that are an agreed upon acceptable level OR Designated by state government leaders or university president.

Yellow - Based on state and local transmission data.

Potential Community Considerations - running average for the statewide rate of hospital admissions consistently decreases over a 14-day period, local hospital and health care capacity is sufficient to meet demands, state is able to test all individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and has expanded to special population testing, state is able to conduct active monitoring of confirmed cases and contact tracing, state is gradually easing physical distancing restrictions to allow for monitoring at each step OR Designated by state government leaders or university president.

Potential University Readiness Considerations - classroom space, cleaning capacity, supplies and disinfectant availability, student housing.

Orange - Based on state and local transmission data.

Potential Community Considerations - running average for the statewide rate of hospital admissions does not increase over a 14-day period, local hospital is safely able to treat all patients, state is able to test all people with COVID-19 symptoms, state is able to conduct active monitoring of confirmed cases and their contacts OR Designated by state government leaders or the university president.

Potential University Readiness Considerations - facility/lab access, cleaning capacity, supplies and disinfectant availability.

Red - Based on state and local transmission data.

Potential Community Considerations - increasing statewide running average for the rate of hospital admissions and/or potential for overwhelmed health system OR Designated by state government leaders or university president.

CDC Transmission Definitions

None

No active cases in the community.

Minimal

Evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, case investigations underway, no evidence of exposure in large communal setting, e.g., health care facility, school, mass gatherings, etc.

Minimal to Moderate

Widespread and/or sustained
transmission with high likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings with potential for rapid increase in suspected cases.

Substantial

Large-scale community transmission, health care staffing significantly impacted, multiple cases within communal settings like health care facilities, schools, mass gatherings, etc.

General Guidelines
  • University is open and operating under stricter hygiene and cleaning regimen.
  • Monitoring of health of campus and Brookings community.
  • Prior to arrival on campus each day, individuals should self-screen and stay home when sick.
  • Individuals will self-isolate or follow quarantine directives when there is a reasonable belief they have been exposed to COVID-19 infections or are infected.
  • Follow presumptive/Positive test protocol.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Physical distancing is no longer recommended.
  • Self-provided face coverings are no longer recommended.
  • Consider canceling events, gatherings or meetings of more than 250 people.
  • University is open to the public in some areas with strict guidelines and operating under strict hygiene and cleaning regimen.
  • Monitoring of health of campus and Brookings community.
  • Prior to arrival on campus each day, individuals should self-screen and stay home when sick.
  • Individuals will self-isolate or follow quarantine directives when there is a reasonable belief they have been exposed to COVID-19 infections or are infected.
  • Follow presumptive/Positive test protocol.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, sleeve or elbow; not hands).
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces).
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals, when possible.
  • The use of self-provided face coverings when around others is highly recommended, especially when physical distancing may be difficult or cannot be maintained.
  • Where specialized job duties require PPE use such as N95 masks or other protective equipment, adhere to those requirements,
  • Consider canceling all group events, gatherings or meetings of more than 50 people.
  • University is not open to the public. University is operating under stricter hygiene and cleaning regimen. Offices are under strict protocols for interactions with others.
  • Monitoring of health of campus and Brookings community.
  • Prior to arrival on campus each day, individuals should self-screen and stay home when sick.
  • Individuals will self-isolate or follow quarantine directives when there is a reasonable belief they have been exposed to COVID-19 infections or are infected.
  • Follow presumptive/Positive test protocol.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, sleeve or elbow; not hands).
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces).
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals, when possible.
  • Increase virtual interactions.
  • The use of self-provided face coverings when around others is highly recommended, especially when physical distancing may be difficult or cannot be maintained.
  • Where specialized job duties require PPE use such as N95 masks or other protective equipment, adhere to those requirements.
  • Consider canceling all group events, gatherings or meetings of more than 20 people.*
  • Only essential employees and functions on campus.
  • Monitoring of health of campus and Brookings community.
  • Prior to arrival on campus each day, individuals should self-screen and stay home when sick.
  • Individuals will self-isolate or follow quarantine directives when there is a reasonable belief they have been exposed to COVID-19 infections or are infected.
  • Follow presumptive/Positive test protocol.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, sleeve or elbow; not hands).
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces).
  • Always maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals.
  • Increase virtual interactions.
  • The use of self-provided face coverings when around others is highly recommended, especially when physical distancing may be difficult or cannot be maintained.
  • Where specialized job duties require PPE use such as N95 masks or other protective equipment, adhere to those requirements.
  • Consider canceling all group gatherings or meetings of more than 10 people.

* High-risk individuals should take extra precautions at all risk levels. Additional CDC recommendations for high-risk populations can be found on this CDC page.