Test Before Turkey
We are encouraging all students to get a COVID-19 test before heading home at the end of our on-campus instruction just prior to the Thanksgiving break. Getting a test is important for a few reasons:
- Protect your loved ones. You may not show symptoms but that does not mean you cannot spread the virus to a parent, grandparent or other family member who is considered a higher risk category for illness from the virus;
- Help our health care system. Hospitals are stressed in our region and beyond. The CDC recommends students get tested before returning home to protect others and help keep hospitalizations down. This is very important for students returning to rural areas and communities that do not have large health care systems; and
- Reduce chance of spread. We have certainly managed the spread of COVID-19 on campus well to date, but we don’t want to contribute to any additional spread when you return to hundreds of different communities in our region and beyond.
When should I get tested?
It is recommended that you get tested anytime from Tuesday, Nov. 10 until you return home. It is also recommended you do not return home until you receive your test results, so plan accordingly. Results of testing done on the SDSU campus are generally completed within 24 hours.
Where do I get tested?
Use the drive-thru testing site located at the west concourse of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium (follow the signs). Walk-up testing is also available. It is free!
When is the test site open?
The testing site will be open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Do I need a referral?
No, just bring your student identification.
COVID-19 Testing Information
How do I get tested? What if I am positive with COVID-19?
As the SDSU campus conducts on-class instruction with students living in residence halls and being together in classrooms and buildings, the university has implemented a plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Protocol for Communicating Presumptive/Positive COVID-19 Tests provides steps and guidelines for cooperating with university and community health officials, the South Dakota Department of Health and case management protocols within the university population.
What Students Need to Know
Students are encouraged to screen themselves daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. Apple Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered to develop this online symptom checker to assist with evaluating symptoms.
Will there be COVID-19 testing for students?
Updated Nov. 10, 2020
South Dakota State University takes your health and safety seriously. To that end, we are opening the SDSU student testing site in Brookings to all SDSU students free of charge. The testing process will remain the same, but students do not need an invite to be tested. Testing is voluntary.
Student Testing Site Location During Cold Weather – With the onset of colder weather, the site for students to provide samples for testing is moving to the west concourse of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium beginning Monday, Nov. 2.
Students will be able to drive their vehicles to the west side of the stadium and enter the concourse in their vehicle from the north. Sampling for testing will be done inside the stadium. Walk-up service will also be available in the same area of the west concourse.
Student Open Testing – Students are being encouraged to take advantage of the open testing opportunities before leaving campus. Public health officials recommend testing for all students within seven days prior to leaving campus and returning home.
Students need to plan ahead if they are going to be tested. Results generally take one day. Open testing is available from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The location will be the west concourse of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium beginning Monday, Nov. 2.
What do I need to bring?
Review privacy policies and forms as you will be required to complete the forms. You only need to complete the forms under the “Drive Thru Testing.” You DO NOT need to complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form, unless you meet the criteria for completing that form. Please be prepared to show your student identification.
Are students required to get tested when they return to campus?
Students are not required to be tested when they return to campus, but any student who displays symptoms should seek testing immediately.
All SDSU students are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days before arriving on campus.
If you have been sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 or have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19 either through community-related exposure or international travel, you should follow CDC guidance to self-isolate or stay home.
What happens if I experiences symptoms of COVID-19, have a presumptive or a confirmed COVID-19 test?
Students should contact the Division of Student Affairs immediately at 605-688-4493 or by email.
Please provide the following information:
- Your contact information;
- Your location;
- Whether you have been tested for COVID-19 and any test results;
- Have you contacted a physician;
- Date symptoms began; and
- Any areas of contact on campus and individuals you have had close contact with (spent greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet of) in the two days before your symptoms started.
What happens if I am positive, display symptoms or have been exposed to someone that is positive and am required to quarantine?
On-campus quarantine and isolation housing will be available to students living both on and off campus if they meet one of three criteria:
- Have been tested for COVID-19 and are presumptive positive until test results are received; or
- Have received a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test from a medical professional; or
- Have been notified by the South Dakota (or another state) Department of Health of potential exposure and need to quarantine for 14 days.
Students living on campus have the following options:
- Return home immediately for isolation/quarantine period; or
- Move to the SDSU quarantine and isolation housing for isolation/quarantine period. The Division of Student Affairs will coordinate the move from your current residence hall. All resources will be provided including linens and food delivery using the student’s meal plan. If needed, technology will be provided to facilitate online continuation of instruction.
What if I live off-campus?
- Students who live off-campus will have the option of isolating or quarantining on-campus if they are unable to do so safely in their current location.
- Quarantine can occur in your off-campus location, but your case will need review, based on exposure to roommates and any other individuals you have come in contact with at your off-campus location.
Do students have to pay for on-campus QIH housing?
- Students living on-campus with a meal plan will not pay any additional amount to stay in QIH. Students living off campus who chose QIH on-campus will have a rate for housing and meals if they do not have a meal plan.
Do I have to provide any documentation before returning to campus and my classes?
- Students are not required to show documentation to return to on-campus activities after isolation or quarantine but are highly encouraged to request a Return to Work Letter which can be shared with the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
- Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 and is presumptive positive until test results are received or has received a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test should isolate as directed by the SD-DOH.
- Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days.
- Will the campus be notified of a positive case involving anyone who has attended class on the Brookings campus, visited the Brookings campus or lives on the Brookings campus?
South Dakota State University complies with the requirements of all applicable laws to make the campus aware of health and safety issues that place them at risk, as well as privacy and compliance requirements. Not all positive COVID-19 tests require the entire university to be notified. Such information would only be shared with parties who need to know, e.g., people in close contact with the person who tested positive. In fact, the SD Department of Health (SDDOH)—not SDSU—reaches out directly to those affected in order to do contact tracing, etc. Not all people affiliated with SDSU who test positive for COVID-19 pose an infection threat for people on SDSU’s campus.
In cases where exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 may have occurred on a larger scale, e.g., in a commonly used classroom, SDSU would send a message to the entire campus community or a particular unit/department. Such a message would inform those audiences that someone tested positive for COVID-19, that specific physical areas of exposure have been thoroughly sanitized and that those who suspect they may have been exposed should be even more vigilant in self-monitoring and adhering to all CDC guidelines among those who would have potentially been exposed. Personally, identifiable medical information is subject to privacy rules and regulations.