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Important Information

The following section will be used to communicate important information pertaining to the return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check this area of the website on a regular basis.


COVID-19 Home Tests

Posted January 18, 2022

Campus Community –

Every home in the United States is eligible to order FOUR at-home COVID-19 tests at no charge. Orders will be shipped usually in 7 to 12 days. This is a federal program and you must visit a .gov website.

The website went live today. To place an order, you only need to enter your name and residential address. No other information – such as a credit card or providing health insurance – is required. You may provide an email address to get updates on your order.

Please consider ordering the test. Testing continues to be an important part of mitigating COVID-19. We did see active cases in Brookings County increase by approximately 200 today, moving the number of active cases to 1,281 – a record for the pandemic.

Thank you. Please stay safe.


SDSU COVID-19 Response Updates & Reminders: January 14, 2022

Posted January 14, 2022

SDSU Community –

Before we begin our three-day weekend, we want to provide you with some information and reminders pertaining to COVID-19 and its impact on the state and our community. We understand this is a dynamic situation and changes quickly. We have certainly seen an increase of positive cases in Brookings County as there are now more than 1,000 active cases for the first time at any point during the pandemic, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

We continue to monitor and manage the pandemic’s impact. Keeping our students and faculty in the classroom and on track toward graduation—and our staff working—remains a vital part of fulfilling our academic mission and supporting the workforce needs of our state and region and continue to support the economy of South Dakota.

We need to continue to work together, protect each other and help our community get through the next few weeks. Please read the January 14, 2022 COVID-19 Response Updates & Reminders communication for important information and reminders as they apply to our management of COVID-19. We highly encourage everyone to remain vigilant and follow CDC guidance.


Stay Home if You are Sick

As cases in Brookings County rise, it is vital you continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home when sick. Consider your testing options, seek appropriate medical care when needed and please complete the Case Notification Form.


Testing

Updated January 14, 2022

The on-campus COVID-19 testing center will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dana J. Dykhouse Football Stadium. The test is administered through Vault Health and must be sent off campus to be processed.

Limited supplies of the Quidel QuickVue COVID Tests are available for students living on campus at the main desks of the residence halls. Students living off campus can obtain one from the Miller Wellness Center while supplies last. Our COVID-19 Response Team is working diligently to get more tests delivered to campus.

The city of Brookings website has a listing of locations in the community where testing is available. Like other parts of the nation, the testing landscape in Brookings is dynamic so we recommended you check frequently to inquire if they have tests available. The SDSU COVID-19 Response Team is working on making additional rapid test kits available and hopes to have additional information soon.


Vaccines

Posted January 14, 2022

We highly encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated and staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccine continues to be best way to protect yourself, your family and your SDSU community.

Students, earlier today you received information about the COVID-19 vaccine clinic Jan. 19 in the University Student Union.

Faculty and staff can get vaccinated and boosted at various locations throughout the state and Brookings community.

Recent guidance updates indicate anyone 12+ is eligible for a booster five months following a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two months after the J&J vaccine.

Vaccines, according to the CDC, help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19.


Face Coverings

Posted January 14, 2022

Due to the increase in transmission in the Brookings community, we highly encourage everyone to wear a face covering, as recommended by CDC guidance.

The CDC has stated masks offer protection against all variants and continues to recommend wearing a face covering in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status. Additional information about masks is available on the CDC’s “Your Guide to Masks” website.

There is no face covering requirement or mandate at this time, per the South Dakota Board of Regents’ face covering protocol. However, we do want to share the CDC guidance on face coverings, especially as it applies to the omicron variant.


What if I get sick?

Posted January 7, 2022

Anyone who experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has a presumptive, inconclusive or confirmed COVID-19 test or has been exposed to COVID-19 and is required to quarantine, the individual should notify their academic instructors and/or employment supervisor of any needed absences.

It is important employees stay home if sick and work together to maintain continuity of operations in their area.

The individual, or their representative on their behalf, must also complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form. See what you will be asked to provide and what happens with your information.


Quarantine and Isolation

Posted January 7, 2022

The CDC recently updated isolation and quarantine guidance due to new data that showed most SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of infection. It also concluded that the omicron variant has a potentially shorter incubation time and potentially more mild illness. The CDC website has more information, but please note under the following CDC guidance:

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you have receive a booster OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, you are to:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated, you are to:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can't quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Visit the Quarantine and Isolation page for additional information.


Vaccine Clinic

Updated Dec. 13, 2021

There is no vaccine clinic scheduled during the semester break. We do plan to hold another clinic after the semester resumes. Information about a clinic during spring semester will be shared later, most likely after the spring semester begins.

Students who received a first dose Moderna vaccine at the Dec. 2 clinic will be eligible for a second dose on Dec. 30. We encourage those needing a second dose to receive one from any healthcare provider in Brookings or a provider in your home community that distributes the Moderna vaccine.


Omicron Variant

Updated Dec. 13, 2021

There is a great deal of information, especially in the media, about the new Omicron Variant. We certainly consider it something to monitor in our efforts to manage COVID-19.

The CDC continues to update information as it becomes available pertaining to Omicron. We are sharing the link to the website if you would like to reference the page for more information.

The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor its progression and any impact it may have on our university and community.