covid info

COVID-19 RESPONSE 

Black Hills State University continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 in our region to implement appropriate mitigation measures. At this time, BHSU will continue to keep our facilities clean and offer testing options. Services and operations will be offered as originally intended pre-COVID. 

The most important mitigation effort to protect yourself, your family and loved ones, and our BHSU community from the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Learn more here:

CDC Vaccine Information

SD Department of Health Vaccine Information

 

Lawrence County Community Status

Lawrence County COVID Information

SD Department of Health COVID Information

 

Announcements

Any changes to protocol and additional important information pertaining to COVID-19 will be communicated via the Campus e-Update and on this website.

        

COVID-19 Testing Update

Student Health and Counseling Services will offer free take home rapid COVID-19 testing for students fall semester. Students wanting a PCR test will need to call Student Health Service at 605.642.6520 to make arrangements for testing. 

 

Fall 2022 Semester to Proceed as Planned

Black Hills State University is offering Fall Semester 2022 courses in the originally scheduled format. Therefore, courses typically delivered in-person will be face-to-face.

2022 Academic Calendar

 

Faculty and Staff

Employees no longer need to report positive tests to HR.  Please follow CDC Guidelines.  The CDC has streamlined its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus. 

 

In support of this update CDC is:

  • Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission is less than that against severe disease and diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available.

  • Updating its guidance for people who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines on what to do if exposed to someone with COVID-19.  This is consistent with the existing guidance for people who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.

  • Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.

    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

      • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.

      • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.

  • Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.

    • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.

    • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.

    • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.

  • Recommending that if you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.

  • Recommending that if you had  severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.

  • Clarifying that after you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.

  • Recommending screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings.

  • Emphasizing that physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others.  It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

 

Rapid tests are available for employees through their academic college, Human Resources or Public Safety. If departments need more tests, please contact Public Safety.

 

If an employee becomes ill they should utilize their accumulated sick leave, or if experiencing minor symptoms, work with their supervisor to explore the possibility of working from home.

Urgent campus information is sent through the Campus Alert System. If you haven’t already, please sign up for Campus Alerts. Family members are also welcome to sign-up.


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