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What if there is a confirmed case on campus?

SDSU Protocol Communicating Presumptive/Positive COVID-19 Tests

When an individual at SDSU experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has presumptive, inconclusive or confirmed COVID-19 Test, or has been exposed to presumptive, inconclusive or confirmed COVID-19 Test, the individual should notify their academic instructors and/or employment supervisor of any needed absences. The individual, or their representative on their behalf, must also complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form. The form will gather information based on the type of notification:

  1. Notification of a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19: Person who received an inconclusive or positive test result for COVID-19. Individuals will report:
    1. Date tested
    2. State in which they were tested
    3. Date of symptom onset
    4. Date positive result received
    5. If known, anticipated date of release from isolation
    6. Whether they have been contacted by the Department of Health
  2. Notification of a suspected case of COVID-19: Person who has symptoms and may have COVID-19 but has not been tested or has test results that are pending. Individuals will report:
    1. Date of symptom onset
    2. If applicable, date tested
    3. If known, anticipated date of release from isolation
    4. Whether they have been contacted by the Department of Health
  3. Notification of a direct contact: Person who has spent greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who received a positive test result for COVID-19 OR a person who has been notified by the Department of Health they are a direct contact. Individuals will report:
    1. Date of exposure
    2. Whether they have been contacted by the Department of Health
    3. If known, anticipated date of release from isolation
  4. All individuals will report their primary role at SDSU: Employee, Student, Contractor, Visitor or Other
    1. Employees will be prompted to report:
      1. Full Name
      2. Email Address
      3. Phone Number
      4. City of Residence
      5. Primary Campus Affiliation
      6. Supervisor or Campus Contact Email Address
      7. Areas of campus visited before symptoms started
    2. Students will be prompted to report:
      1. Full Name
      2. Student ID Number
      3. Email Address
      4. Phone Number
      5. City of Residence
      6. Primary Campus Affiliation
      7. Areas of campus visited before symptoms started
      8. Primary academic college
      9. Whether they are a student athlete (If so, which sport)
      10. Whether they are a student employee (If so, Supervisor/Campus Contact email address and area working)
      11. Whether they are residing on-campus or off-campus
      12. Whether they live with other SDSU students (if so, list roommates)
      13. Whether they lived at the same location when symptoms started
    3. Contractors, Visitors and Other individuals will be prompted to report:
      1. Full Name
      2. Email Address
      3. Phone Number
      4. City of Residence
      5. Primary Campus Affiliation
      6. If known, Supervisor or Campus Contact Email Address
      7. Areas of campus visited 48 hours before symptoms started
  5. Upon submission, the COVID-19 Case Notification Form will be routed to the SDSU Emergency Management Team Chair, as well as the Designated Notification Individual, as applicable:
    1. Employees: Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
    2. Students: Vice President for Student Affairs and, if living in University Housing, Housing and Residential Life.
    3. All individuals will be informed that the SD Department of Health will be provided information in conformity with applicable law.
    4. All individuals will be instructed to update the COVID-19 Case Notification Form if new information becomes available and is necessary to report.
    5. All individuals will be informed to stay in contact with their supervisor and/or instructors to ensure when the individual is cleared to resume or participate in remote in-person job functions, in-person or remote academic, and/or other university functions.
    6. University residential life representatives will work to coordinate appropriate isolation housing in conformity with law for individuals residing on campus.
    7. Individuals are not currently required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation to return to campus except when otherwise required by law or policy. Employees are highly encouraged to request a Return to Work Letter from the SD DOH and file it with Human Resources. Students are also encouraged to request a Return to Work Letter and file it with the Office of Student Affairs.
  6. SDSU EMT Chair will notify Facilities and Services or Student Life Building Team regarding locations for disinfection and communicate with SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services as appropriate.
  7. SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services designated representative will contact the SD Department of Health in conformity with law when a student is a SDSU Clinic patient and reporting is required. Upon COVID-19 test of student, SDSU Clinic will provide appropriate information to the Vice President for Student Affairs and EMT Chair to facilitate SDSU response to situation. SDSU Clinic will obtain appropriate releases to facilitate information management. Information will be shared as allowed by law. If there is a positive COVID-19 test on campus, SDSU will communicate with Public Health Officials in accordance with law. The EMT will work to implement and coordinate any related emergency actions.
  8. EMT Chair is the designated SDSU single Point of Contact for the SD Department of Health to contact if there is a positive test result outside the SDSU Clinic of an individual that has had contact with SDSU. The EMT Chair will follow the notification protocols herein and adhere to applicable law.
  9. If the EMT Chair determines there is a threat level requiring a higher level of notification, or if the Chief of UPD determines if a timely warning is required, and those communications will be initiated in accordance with SDSU Policy 10:3. The South Dakota Department of Health is responsible for official statistic reporting, contact tracing and any quarantine or isolation directives.

SAMPLE DESIGNATED INSTRUCTIONS

Individual believes exposed to presumptive or positive COVID test or sick with symptoms:

COMMUNICATION

As the University community returns to campus and continues operations, it is expected that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 will increase or change. Cases in Brookings County and University locations are reported daily on the South Dakota Department of Health website, which is linked via the SDSU COVID-19 response page .

Student, employee and patient confidentiality laws prohibit the University from disclosing the identities of individuals. The SD DOH statistics rely on information obtained by the DOH, the SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services and other medical providers. There may be instances when the University does not know about new positive cases on campus or cases related to the University but are off campus, and/or if individuals on campus do not disclose to the University or health authorities that they have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, individuals who test positive may or may not have come in close contact with individuals on University premises or programs.

If students, parents, faculty, staff or community members have questions related to the University’s response to COVID-19, they may reach out via email and a COVID-19 Response Team member or designee will respond as soon as possible.  

For a current count of cases in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Department of Health website.

What available COVID-19 testing is there for students?

SDSU’s testing protocol is based on the established medical protocols provided by the CDC and the South Dakota Department of Health. Testing is available for students who display symptoms or have been identified through contact tracing through the SD-DOH.

Students who display symptoms or have self-identified that they have a suspected case of COVID-19 based on close contact to another symptomatic or positive individual should complete the COVID-19 notification form and consider getting tested themselves. The SDSU Student Health Clinic, in cooperation with SDSU's One Health Diagnostic Laboratory, makes COVID-19 testing available at no charge for students. 

Drive-through and walk-up testing is available in Lot 152 near Frost Arena. The drive-thru testing is for SDSU students only who have been confirmed to take a test by the SDSU Student Health Clinic. Individuals will not be able to arrive and request a test on-site.

Drive-thru tests for SDSU students will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If students need care outside of the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services hours, they can visit any of the Brookings health care providers. Prior to arrival at the Brookings Health System, students should call 605-696-9000 and say they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

If directed by a medical provider, COVID-19 tests are currently paid by Federal CARES Act funds.