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Monday, May 24 — Latest Update

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of May 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 32,947,548 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 587,342 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 357,250,475 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 286,890,900 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of May 24, 163,907,827 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (49.4 perecent of the population), and 130,615,791 people are fully vaccinated (39.3 percent of the population).
  • Effective May 13, the CDC issued guidance on fully vaccinated persons. According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. View safer activities.
  • Effective April 23, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the recommended pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine placed on April 13. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered at the time, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of May 24, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 123,942 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 31 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 2,004 deaths. There are 522 active cases in the state, including 56 current hospitalizations. A total of 121,416 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 154 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), 15 confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, three reports of the P.1 VOC, two reports of the B.1.351, as well as one report of the B.1.427 VOC.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 644,142 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of May 24. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 53.74 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 48.68 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of May 24, 284.487 doses of the Moderna, 340,120 doses of the Pfizer and 19,535 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. 
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of May 24, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 40,363 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including nine cases that are new, and 437 deaths. There are 144 active cases in both counties, including 15 current hospitalizations. A total of 39,782 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of May 24, Augustana University has received a total of 409 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, there are no active cases and 409 people have recovered.
  • In light of the vaccination data reported to Augustana by students, staff and faculty, as well as the updated CDC guidelines for vaccinated persons, effective May 14, the following adjustments to the Viking Flex Health and Safety Protocols:
    • If you are NOT fully vaccinated, for your safety and the safety of others, you are expected to wear a mask in all public indoor and outdoor spaces at all times.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, masks will no longer be required indoors while on campus (with the above noted exception related to classrooms and next week's final exams). In the event of a masking requirement for a specific event or location on campus, we will post signs at each entrance indicating a mask requirement.
    • If you are fully vaccinated and are a direct contact to an individual who tests positive, you are not required to quarantine.  However, you should monitor yourself for any symptoms and if you do experience any symptoms you should quarantine and seek a COVID-19 test.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, masks will no longer be required outdoors. 
    • If you are fully vaccinated, you may participate in outdoor activities and recreation without wearing a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues when indicated by event coordinators or signage.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. 
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, May 17

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of May 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 32,753,426 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 582,769 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 344,503,495 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 272,925,411 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of May 17, 157,132,234 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (47.3 perecent of the population), and 122,999,721 people are fully vaccinated (37 percent of the population).
  • Effective May 13, the CDC issued guidance on fully vaccinated persons. According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. View safer activities.
  • Effective April 23, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the recommended pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine placed on April 13. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered at the time, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of May 17, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 123,686 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 42 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,993 deaths. There are 828 active cases in the state, including 71 current hospitalizations. A total of 120,865 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 121 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), 15 confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, three reports of the P.1 VOC, two reports of the B.1.351, as well as one report of the B.1.427 VOC.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 630,544 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of May 17. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 56.3 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 50.96 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of May 17, 279,698 doses of the Moderna, 332,210 doses of the Pfizer and 18,636 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. 
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of May 17, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 40,299 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10 cases that are new, and 436 deaths. There are 446 active cases in both counties, including 13 current hospitalizations. A total of 39,593 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of May 17, Augustana University has received a total of 408 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, there are no active cases and 408 people have recovered.
  • In light of the vaccination data reported to Augustana by students, staff and faculty, as well as the updated CDC guidelines for vaccinated persons, effective May 14, the following adjustments to the Viking Flex Health and Safety Protocols:
    • For all final exams being administered on campus, masks will be required for all students, faculty and staff. Finals are not optional activities, and we must continue to protect and respect those currently in the vaccination process and those who have not yet been able to begin the vaccination process.
    • If you are NOT fully vaccinated, for your safety and the safety of others, you are expected to wear a mask in all public indoor and outdoor spaces at all times.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, masks will no longer be required indoors while on campus (with the above noted exception related to classrooms and next week's final exams). In the event of a masking requirement for a specific event or location on campus, we will post signs at each entrance indicating a mask requirement.
    • If you are fully vaccinated and are a direct contact to an individual who tests positive, you are not required to quarantine.  However, you should monitor yourself for any symptoms and if you do experience any symptoms you should quarantine and seek a COVID test.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, masks will no longer be required outdoors. 
    • If you are fully vaccinated, you may participate in outdoor activities and recreation without wearing a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues when indicated by event coordinators or signage.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. 
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, May 10

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of May 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 32,543,257 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 578,945 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 329,843,825 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 261,599,381 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of May 10, 152,819,904 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (46 perecent of the population), and 115,530,780 people are fully vaccinated (34.8 percent of the population).
  • Effective April 23, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the recommended pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine placed on April 13. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered at the time, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of May 10, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 123,310 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 79 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,981 deaths. There are 1,211 active cases in the state, including 81 current hospitalizations. A total of 120,118 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 97 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), 13 confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, two reports of the B.1.351 and P.1 VOCs, as well as one report of the B.1.427 VOC.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 615,951 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of May 10. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 55.58 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 49,29 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of May 10, 273,006 doses of the Moderna, 325,138 doses of the Pfizer and 17,807 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. 
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of May 10, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 40,193 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 26 cases that are new, and 432 deaths. There are 446 active cases in both counties, including 14 current hospitalizations. A total of 39,315 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of May 10, Augustana University has received a total of 407 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, one case remains active and 406 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, May 3

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of May 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 32,228,003 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 574,220 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 312,509,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 246,780,203 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of May 3, 147,517,734 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (44.4 perecent of the population), and 105,523,520 people are fully vaccinated (31.8 percent of the population).
  • Effective April 23, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the recommended pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine placed on April 13. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered at the time, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of May 3, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 122,745 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 86 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,970 deaths. There are 1,512 active cases in the state, including 105 current hospitalizations. A total of 119,263 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 72 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), 10 confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, two reports of the B.1.351 and one report of the B.1.427 and P.1 VOCs.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 596,860 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of May 3. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 54.79 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 46.88 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of May 3, 265,386 doses of the Moderna, 314,658 doses of the Pfizer and 16,816 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. 
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of May 3, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 39,988 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 24 cases that are new, and 429 deaths. There are 574 active cases in both counties, including 35 current hospitalizations. A total of 38,985 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of May 3, Augustana University has received a total of 406 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, no cases remain active and 406 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, April 26 (4:10 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of April 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 31,883,289 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 569,272 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 290,692,005 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 230,768,454 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of April 26, 140,969,663 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (42.5 perecent of the population), and 95,888,088 people are fully vaccinated (28.9 percent of the population).
  • Effective April 23, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) lifted the recommended pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine placed on April 13. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered at the time, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:56 a.m. on April 26, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 122,080 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 97 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,960 deaths. There are 1,822 active cases in the state, including 96 current hospitalizations. A total of 118,298 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 66 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), 10 confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, one report of the B.1.351, B.1.427 and P.1 VOCs.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 570,905 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of April 26. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 53.97 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 43.38 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of April 26, 255,040 doses of the Moderna, 299,534 doses of the Pfizer and 16,333 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. 
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:58 p.m. on April 26, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 39,746 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 32 cases that are new, and 427 deaths. There are 702 active cases in both counties, including 37 current hospitalizations. A total of 38,617 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of April 26, Augustana University has received a total of 406 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, no cases remain active and 406 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, April 19 (4:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 2:17 p.m. on April 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 31,484,148 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 564,292 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 264,505,725 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 211,581,309 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of April 19, 132,321,628 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (39.9 perecent of the population), and 85,365,180 people are fully vaccinated (25.7 percent of the population).
  • Effective April 13, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Of the nearly seven million Janssen doses administered, a rare and severe type of blood clot has been reported in a small number of women between the ages of 18 and 48. Symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination.
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • Effective December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:28 a.m. on April 19, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 121,189 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 133 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,953 deaths. There are 2,153 active cases in the state, including 112 current hospitalizations. A total of 117,083 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the SD-DOH, the state has recieved 55 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), eight confirmed reports of the B.1.429 VOC, one report of the B.1.351 VOC, one report of the B.1.427 VOC and no confirmed reports of the P.1 VOC. Within the past few weeks, the state has reported the largest rise of COVID-19 cases in the 20-29-year-old population.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 536,965 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of April 19. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 52.77 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 39.3 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of April 19, 240,595 doses of the Moderna, 280,074 doses of the Pfizer and 16,296 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program. According to the SD-DOH, those who received the Janssen vaccine in the state have reported no adverse effects. Any additional doses of the Janssen vaccine recieved by the state will be placed in storage while the pause of the Janssen vaccine (recommended by the FDA and CDC) is in place.
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:33 p.m. on April 19, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 39,412 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 53 cases that are new, and 425 deaths. There are 921 active cases in both counties, including 45 current hospitalizations. A total of 38,066 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of April 19, Augustana University has received a total of 406 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, two cases remain active and 404 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, April 12 (2:11 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:28 p.m. on Monday, April 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 31,015,033 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 559,172 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 237,796,305 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 189,692,045 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of April 12, 120,848,490 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (36.4 perecent of the population), and 74,066,085 people are fully vaccinated (22.3 percent of the population).
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:17 a.m. on Monday, April 12, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 119,892 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 187 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,947 deaths. There are 2,425 active cases in the state, including 96 current hospitalizations. A total of 115,520 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. According to the CDC, South Dakota has recieved 14 confirmed reports of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC), reported in 52 jurisdictions in the U.S., no confirmed reports of the P.1 VOC, reported in 36 jurisdictions, as well as one confirmed report of the B.1.351 VOC, reported in 31 jurisdictions.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 500,996 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Monday, April 12. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 50.36 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 35.64 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of April 12, 227,137 doses of the Moderna, 258,285 doses of the Pfizer and 15,574 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program.
  • Effective April 5, all South Dakotans 16 years and older became eligible to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:01 p.m. on Monday, April 12, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 38,937 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 78 cases that are new, and 425 deaths. There are 1,095 active cases in both counties, including 41 current hospitalizations. A total of 37,417 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, April 12, Augustana University has received a total of 401 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, three remain active and 398 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases and vaccinations reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, March 29 (3:45 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:26 p.m. on Monday, March 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 30,085,827 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 546,704 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 180,646,565 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 145,812,835 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of March 29, 95,015,762 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (28.6 perecent of the population), and 52,614,231 people are fully vaccinated (15.8 percent of the population).
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:17 a.m. on Monday, March 29, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 117,336 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 92 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,933 deaths. There are 2,393 active cases in the state, including 91 current hospitalizations. A total of 113,010 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 402,066 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Monday, March 29. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 41.96 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 27.59 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of Monday, March 29, 190,159 doses of the Moderna, 203,874 doses of the Pfizer and 8,033 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state. These numbers do not include vaccinations given through Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs or the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program.
  • Effective March 22, South Dakota is vaccinating every priority group in Phase 1E, including fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers. The SD-DOH estimates that there are around 227,000 people in this group. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the FRP Program, the federal government began supplying 65 retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, March 29, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 37,778 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 48 cases that are new, and 419 deaths. There are 1,004 active cases in both counties, including 35 current hospitalizations. A total of 36,355 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. If passed, the extended mandate would have expired when the SD-DOH began vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1E. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, March 29, Augustana University has received a total of 393 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, two remain active and 391 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, March 22 (2:31 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 29,652,483 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 539,517 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 156,734,555 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 126,509,736 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of March 22, 82,772,416 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (24.9 perecent of the population), and 44,910,946 people are fully vaccinated (13.5 percent of the population).
  • Effective March 19, the CDC issued updated K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms. The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least three feet in classroom settings.
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 11:53 a.m. on Monday, March 22, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 115,972 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 105 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,923 deaths. There are 2,244 active cases in the state, including 62 current hospitalizations. A total of 111,805 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 350,149 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Monday, March 22. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 37.33 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 23.36 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of Monday, March 22, 168, 459 doses of the Moderna, 176,814 doses of the Pfizer and 4,876 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state.
  • As of Monday, March 22, South Dakota is vaccinating every priority group in Phase 1E, including fire service personnel and other critical infrastructure workers. The SD-DOH estimates that there are around 227,000 people in this group. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program, the federal government began supplying 65 retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:13 p.m. on Monday, March 22, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 37,140 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 63 cases that are new, and 417 deaths. There are 864 active cases in both counties, including 32 current hospitalizations. A total of 35,859 people have recovered throughout the two counties. March 10, 2020, is when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnehaha County.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. If passed, the extended mandate would have expired when the SD-DOH began vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1E. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, March 22, Augustana University has received a total of 390 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, two remain active and 388 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, March 15 (2:03 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 1:40 p.m. on Monday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 29,269,590 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 532,355 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 135,847,835 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 109,081,860 have been administered throughout the U.S. The CDC reports that as of March 15, 71,054,445 people in the U.S. have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (21.4 perecent), and 38,335,432 people are fully vaccinated (11.5 percent).
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 9:14 a.m. on Monday, March 15, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 114,649 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 26 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,912 deaths. There are 2,106 active cases in the state, including 64 current hospitalizations. A total of 110,631 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the SD-DOH, 307,059 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Monday, March 15. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the SD-DOH reports that 34.13 percent of the population in South Dakota has had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 19.62 percent has completed the series of vaccines.
  • As of Monday, March 15, 150,354 doses of the Moderna, 153,360 doses of the Pfizer and 3,345 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine have been administered in the state.
  • South Dakota is vaccinating every priority group in Phase 1D; those who are 65 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancer), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes, those with one or more underlying medical conditions under the age of 65, teachers and other school/college staff, as well as funeral service workers. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program, the federal government began supplying nearly 60 retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:35 p.m. on Monday, March 15, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 36,606 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 16 cases that are new, and 414 deaths. There are 731 active cases in both counties, including 19 current hospitalizations. A total of 35,461 people have recovered throughout the two counties.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council voted on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which was set to expire on March 13. If passed, the extended mandate would have expired when the SD-DOH began vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1E. In a 5-4 vote, the council voted not to extend the ordinance.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, March 15, Augustana University has received a total of 388 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, four remain active and 384 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, March 15 (9 a.m.)

As the current winter weather moves out of the area, while the snowfall is ending, we are starting to experience some freezing rain which is creating icy conditions.

Crews are diligently working to clear parking lots and sidewalks but due to the heavy wet snow fall, this process will take extra time.

As of 8:45 a.m. a decision has been made to move all classes to remote learning. Please follow directions from your faculty for the remainder of Monday, March 15.

Faculty and staff that have not come to campus should remain home.

The University is not closing so offices will need to have a plan for daily operations. Faculty and staff that are on campus should use your own discretion for the remainder of the day. 

Supervisors should use their discretion on keeping offices open or providing a phone number in order to provide services.

We encourage everyone to stay safe and allow our crews time to get the campus ready for normal operations on Tuesday, March 16.


The City of Sioux Falls has announced a Snow Alert for Monday, March 15.

Plowing of emergency snow routes will continue until the snow has stopped and all routes are clear.

Vehicles must be moved off city streets and can not park back on the city street until the street has been plowed from curb to curb.

All vehicles parked on emergency Snow Routes are subject to immediate ticketing and towing. Emergency snow routes around the campus include Grange Avenue and 33rd Street. Secondary snow routes include Summit Avenue and 37th Street.

Augustana University is located in Zone 2 and Zone 3. Augustana University north of 33rd Street is in Zone 2. The campus south of 33rd Street is in Zone 3.

Plowing of emergency snow routes is underway, and plows will enter neighborhoods after the snow has stopped falling and emergency routes are clear. Parking restrictions are in effect across the city, and vehicles parked on all streets are subject to ticketing and towing by zone.  

Zone 3:

Plowing in Zone 3 will begin Monday, March 15, after emergency routes have been cleared. All streets in Zone 3 will be plowed. At that time, all vehicles parked in Zone 3 are subject to ticketing and towing until all lanes have been plowed.  

Zone 2:

Plowing of east/west streets will begin at 8 p.m., Monday, March 15.  All vehicles parked on east/west streets are subject to ticketing and towing until all lanes have been plowed or until 5 a.m., whichever is earlier. After 5 a.m., any continuing snow removal operations may impact your use of the street for parking.

Plowing of north/south streets will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 16. All vehicles parked on north/south streets are subject to ticketing and towing until all lanes have been plowed or until 5 p.m., whichever is earlier. After 5 p.m., any continuing snow removal operations may impact your use of the street for parking.

For all zones, parking may resume on the street after snow has stopped and the street has been plowed curb to curb.

Off-street parking is available in the south Elmen Center parking lot and the Kirkeby-Over Stadium parking lot located on the west side of the stadium off of Lake Avenue. No permit is required to utilize this off-street parking during a snow event. Campus Safety Officers will provide rides to and from those parking lots. If you need a ride from these parking lots, please call 605.274.4014.

University grounds crews will also be clearing parking lots and sidewalks so available lots may vary at times. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Department of Campus Safety at 605.274.4014. You may also go to siouxfalls.org/snow for more detailed information about city plowing plans.


Monday, March 8 (2:22 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:26 p.m. on Monday, March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 28,813,424 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 523,850 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 116,378,615 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 92,089,852 have been administered throughout the U.S. 
  • Effective March 8, the CDC issued its first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely visit with others. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:29 a.m. on Monday, March 8, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 111,596 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the nine cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,901 deaths. There are 2,067 active cases in the state, including 67 current hospitalizations. A total of 109,628 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the CDC, 399,640 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to South Dakota, and 326,272 vaccinations have been administered as of Monday, March 8. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the CDC reports that 213,168 people have received one or more doses, and 113,167 have received two doses. 
  • On March 4, South Dakota's weekly allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) had increased to 18,830 doses, up from 17,660 doses from the week before. The SD-DOH expects to recieve around 7,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine when it becomes available. As of March 4, South Dakota is vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1D; those who are 65 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancer), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes, as well as those with one or more underlying medical conditions under the age of 65. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • As of March 4, under the Federal Retail Pharmacy (FRP) Program, the federal government is supplying 56 retail locations in South Dakota with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The SD-DOH reported on March 4, that no variant forms of COVID-19 had been found in South Dakota, however, the B117 and P1 variants have been reported in surrounding states.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:47 p.m. on Monday, March 8, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 36,188 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including no cases that are new, and 411 deaths. There are 669 active cases in both counties, including 18 current hospitalizations. A total of 35,708 people have recovered throughout the two counties.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council will vote on whether to extend an ordinace (passed on November 17, 2020) that requires a face covering in an indoor retail businesses and city-owned facilities where a 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved, which is set to expire on March 13. If passed, the extended mandate would expire when the SD-DOH begins vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1E.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, March 8, Augustana University has received a total of 386 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, seven remain active and 379 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, February 22 (1:07 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:24 p.m. on Monday, February 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 27,938,085 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 497,415 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 75,205,940 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 64,177,474 have been administered throughout the U.S. Of the vaccines administered, the CDC reports that 44,138,118 people have recieved one or more doses, and 19,438,495 people have recieved two doses. 
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.

State Outlook

  • As of 10:39 a.m. on Monday, February 22, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 111,334 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 30 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,863 deaths. There are 1,933 active cases in the state, including 91 current hospitalizations. A total of 107,538 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the CDC, 266,970 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to South Dakota, and 235,964 vaccinations have been administered as of Monday, February 22. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the CDC reports that 158,510 people have received one or more doses, and 77,240 have received two doses. 
  • On February 16, South Dakota's allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine has increased to 17,660 doses each week, an increase of 13.7 percent from the week before. As of February 22, South Dakota will be vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1D; those who are 65 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancert), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • The federal government has begun supplying South Dakota retailers with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine, which include some Walmart, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug stores and pharmacies supplied by Cardinal Health.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:18 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 35,408 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 46 cases that are new, and 406 deaths. There are 587 active cases in both counties, including 24 current hospitalizations. A total of 34,415 people have recovered throughout the two counties.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, February 22, Augustana University has received a total of 374 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, two remain active and 372 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, February 15 (4:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:26 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 27,417,468 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 482,536 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 70,057,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 52,884,356 have been administered throughout the U.S. Of the vaccines administered, the CDC reports that 38,292,270 people have recieved one or more doses, and 14,077,440 people have recieved two doses. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 

State Outlook

  • As of 10:34 a.m. on Monday, February 15, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 110,376 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 61 cases that are new (confirmed and probable), and 1,844 deaths. There are 2,092 active cases in the state, including 86 current hospitalizations. A total of 106,440 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the CDC, 182,025 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to South Dakota, and 160,223 vaccinations have been administered as of Sunday, February 14. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the CDC reports that 109,875 people have received one or more doses, and 50,247 have received two doses. 
  • South Dakota's allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine has increased to 13,550 doses each week, an increase from 12,800. As of February 14, South Dakota will be vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1D; those who are 70 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancert), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • The federal government has begun supplying South Dakota retailers with a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine, which include some Walmart, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug stores and pharmacies supplied by Cardinal Health.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 35,093 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 24 cases that are new, and 401 deaths. There are 608 active cases in both counties, including 24 current hospitalizations. A total of 34,084 people have recovered throughout the two counties.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

  • As of Monday, February 15, Augustana University has received a total of 372 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, one remains active and 371 people have recovered.
  • Augustana students, faculty and staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test are asked to remain home until they have fully recovered and notify the COVID-19 Response Team at goodhealth@augie.edu. The AU community is also asked to report dates of their COVID-19 vaccinations at my.augie.edu (login required). By reporting vaccinations, Augustana will be better able to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 protocols in place, as well as identify the employees and students who are eligible for upcoming South Dakota vaccination groups. Despite vaccinations, everyone on campus must continue to follow all Viking Flex Plan protocols, including the mask policy.
  • For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.
  • A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, February 8 (4:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook

National Outlook

  • As of 12:26 p.m. on Monday, February 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 26,852,809 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 462,037 deaths.
  • According to the CDC, 59,307,800 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered, and 42,417,617 have been administered throughout the U.S. Of the vaccines administered, the CDC reports that 32,340,146 people have recieved one or more doses, and 9,518,015 people have recieved two doses. 
  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 

State Outlook

  • As of 11:37 a.m. on Monday, February 8, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 109,283 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 54 cases that are new, and 1,809 deaths. There are 2,308 active cases in the state, including 112 current hospitalizations. A total of 105,166 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
  • According to the CDC, 161,150 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to South Dakota, and 133,068 have been administered. Of the vaccinations administered in the state, the CDC reports that 92,615 people have received one or more doses, and 40,368 have received two doses. 
  • South Dakota is currently vaccinating priority groups in Phase 1D; those who are 75 years and over (the age will be lowered in five year increments), high risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant, active cancert), high risk residents in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and group homes. Read more about "Vaccine Priority Groups" in the state.
  • Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook

  • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of 12:28 p.m. on Monday, February 8, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,791 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 12 cases that are new, and 394 deaths. There are 701 active cases in both counties, including 29 current hospitalizations. A total of 33,696 people have recovered throughout the two counties.
  • Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff on campus, we fully anticipate receiving reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, February 1 (4:45 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 4:45 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 103,333,479 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 2,235,401 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 1:55 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 26,034,475 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 439,955 deaths.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • Effective January 26, the CDC issued an order requiring all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. 

State Outlook: As of 12:09 p.m. on Monday, February 1, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 107,180 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 32 cases that are new, and 1,705 deaths. There are 3,678 active cases in the state, including 161 current hospitalizations. A total of 101,797 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, February 1, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,473 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 23 cases that are new, and 385 deaths. There are 855 active cases in both counties, including 39 current hospitalizations. A total of 33,233 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, February 1, Augustana University has received a total of 370 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, none remain active and 370 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, January 25 (1:49 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 10:55 a.m. on Monday, January 25, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 99,346,343 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 2,132,491 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 2:01 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 24,876,261 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 416,010 deaths.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as an acceptable alternative to the quarantine period of 14 days.
  • The CDC issued an order on January 12, that will require all airline passengers traveling to the U.S., including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.

State Outlook: As of 10:47 a.m. on Monday, January 25, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 107,180 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 32 cases that are new, and 1,705 deaths. There are 3,678 active cases in the state, including 161 current hospitalizations. A total of 101,797 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, January 25, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 34,144 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 49 cases that are new, and 372 deaths. There are 1,213 active cases in both counties, including 60 current hospitalizations. A total of 32,658 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, January 25, Augustana University has received a total of 371 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, three remain active and 364 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, January 18 (1:31 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 11:29 a.m. on Monday, January 18, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 95,179,173 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 2,033,641 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 23,653,919 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 394,495 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.
  • The CDC issued an order on January 12, that will require all airline passengers traveling to the U.S., including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the U.S. ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.

State Outlook: As of 12:43 p.m. on Monday, January 18, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 105,659 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 92 cases that are new, and 1,667 deaths. There are 4,613 active cases in the state, including 203 current hospitalizations. A total of 99,379 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.

  • Sanford and Avera Health both say they haven't seen a surge in novel coronavirus cases due to the holidays, and are recieving around 11,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine — either the Moderna of Pfizer — each week. The health systems are currently giving second doses to those who have already received the vaccine and are giving first-round vaccinations to priority populations in 1C, determined by the South Dakota Department of Health, which they expect to take at least another week. Once that group has recieved its first round of vaccinations, they will move on to group ID, which includes around 250,000 people. Dr. David Basel, vice president for clinical quality for Avera Medical Group expects two additional vaccines — AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — will receive emergency use authorization in February or March. Basel says they continue to monitor other strains of the coronavirus, but the current vaccines and the monoclonal antibody infusion should help protect against/treat them. He says the health systems are racing to give the vaccine to as many people as possible before another variant of the virus gets to the region and people get spring fever. Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, January 17, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 33,630 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 76 cases that are new, and 366 deaths. There are 1,360 active cases in both counties, including 72 current hospitalizations. A total of 31,904 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, January 18, Augustana University has received a total of 368 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, seven remain active and 358 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, January 11 (3:27 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 2:16 p.m. on Monday, January 11, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 90,673,898 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,940,321 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, January 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 22,322,956 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 373,167 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.

State Outlook: As of 12:37 p.m. on Monday, January 11, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 103,499 total (confirmed and probable) positive cases of COVID-19, including the 86 cases that are new, and 1,513 deaths. There are 6,031 active cases in the state, including 268 current hospitalizations.

  • Sanford and Avera Health both say they haven't seen a surge in novel coronavirus cases due to the holidays, and are recieving around 11,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine — either the Moderna of Pfizer — each week. The health systems are currently giving second doses to those who have already received the vaccine and are giving first-round vaccinations to priority populations in 1C, determined by the South Dakota Department of Health, which they expect to take a few more weeks. Once that group has recieved its first round of vaccinations, they will move on to group ID, which includes around 250,000 people. Dr. David Basel, vice president for clinical quality for Avera Medical Group expects two additional vaccines — AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — will receive emergency use authorization in February or March. Basel says they continue to monitor other strains of the coronavirus, but the current vaccines and the monoclonal antibody infusion should help protect against/treat them. He says the health systems are racing to give the vaccine to as many people as possible before another variant of the virus gets to the region and people get spring fever. Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, January 11, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 33,061 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 59 cases that are new, and 353 deaths. There are 1,535 active cases in both counties, including 81 current hospitalizations. A total of 31,173 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, January 11, Augustana University has received a total of 361 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, five remain active and 353 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, January 4 (4:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 2:13 p.m. on Monday, January 4, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 85,497,369 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,849,054 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, January 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 20,558,489 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 350,664 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.

State Outlook: As of 10:35 a.m. on Monday, January 4, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 91,113 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 86 cases that are new, and 1,513 deaths. There are 6,031 active cases in the state, including 268 current hospitalizations.

  • Sanford and Avera Health have been receiving notice every Tuesday regarding how much and what type of vaccine — Moderna of Pfizer — they will be allocated for the week. So far, Sanford has given 8,200 vaccinations within its south region (mostly Sioux Falls), and 15,000 in its network, which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, western Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Out of the 15,000 vaccinations administered, only 15 patients have needed additional evaluation. To date, Avera has administered 12,500 vaccinations in South Dakota, with another 2,500 expected by the end of the week. The hospital systems say South Dakota ranks one of the most efficient states when it comes to the percentage of the population that has received vaccinations, which they attribute to partnerships at the city and state levels. Currently, Sanford and Avera are vaccinating priority populations in 1B and 1C, determined by the South Dakota Department of Health, and don't expect to vaccinate the general population until spring. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a second dose within about a three-week time period, at 21 and 28 days respectively, to be 94-95 percent effective. Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, January 4, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 32,244 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 25 cases that are new, and 337 deaths. There are 1,957 active cases in both counties, including 89 current hospitalizations. A total of 29,950 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, January 4, Augustana University has received a total of 354 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, five remain active and 339 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, December 21 (4:03 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 3:40 p.m. on Monday, December 21, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 77,188,346 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,699,307 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, December 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 17,790,376 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 316,844 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.

State Outlook: As of 10:44 a.m. on Monday, December 21, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 86,934 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 301 cases that are new, and 1,381 deaths. There are 8,373 active cases in the state, including 344 current hospitalizations. A total of 85,320 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

  • Sanford and Avera Health expect to receive their first shipment of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday, December 22, and will begin administering the doses in the afternoon. Both health systems say a majority of the Moderna vaccine will go to healthcare workers in their network facilities because it doesn't have the same ultracold temperature requirements as the Pfizer vaccine. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a second dose within about a three-week time period, at 21 and 28 days respectively, to be 94-95 percent effective. Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, December 21, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 30,536 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 146 cases that are new, and 312 deaths. There are 2,724 active cases in both counties, including 146 current hospitalizations. A total of 27,500 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, December 21, Augustana University has received a total of 343 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, five remain active and 333 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, December 14 (3:26 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 14, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 72,587,435 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,617,949 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, December 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 16,113,148 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 298,266 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.

State Outlook: As of 10:43 a.m. on Monday, December 14, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 83,986 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 272 cases that are new, and 1,259 deaths. There are 12,623 active cases in the state, including 441 current hospitalizations. A total of 77,472 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

  • In its initial shipment, the State of South Dakota has been allocated 7,800 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Avera Health announced that it received its first shipment of the vaccine at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, December 14, with the expectation that it would be administered sometime in the afternoon. Sanford Health expects to get its first shipment on Tuesday, December 15, which will also be administered the same day. The initial doses of the vaccine will go to individuals with the highest risk (as part of South Dakota's Phase I vaccination plan) or the 19,000 healthcare workers in COVID-19 units. Dr. David Basel, vice president for clinical quality for Avera Medical Group, says the initial shipment(s) of the Pfizer COVID-19 will stay in Sioux Falls because of ultracold temperature required. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as expected by the end of the week, Basel says those doses will be sent to more rural parts of the state because it doesn't have the same ultracold temperature requirements. Both healthcare systems expect to be sent more doses weekly or biweekly. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a second dose within about a three-week time period, at 21 and 28 days respectively, to be 94-95 percent effective. Read more about the vaccine on the SD-DOH website and the CDC website.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, December 14, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 29,3204 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 100 cases that are new, and 289 deaths. There are 3,883 active cases in both counties, including 146 current hospitalizations. A total of 25,148 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • In a meeting on Tuesday, November 17, the Sioux Falls City Council motioned to reconsider an emergency ordinance considered on November 10, that would require a face covering in an indoor public place where six-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. An amendment was made to the ordinance in that "There shall be no penalty for any person found in violation of this ordinance." Ordinance No. 102-20 passed in a 6-2 vote.
  • In a meeting on Tuesday, December 15, Mayor Paul TenHaken says the Sioux Falls City Council will consider whether to readopt a resolution called the One Sioux Falls COVID Action Plan, outlining expectations for the people of Sioux Falls to take action to slow the sperad of the virus that causes COVID-19. According to TenHaken, around 500 businesses in Sioux Falls have signed the One Sioux Falls Pledge, agreeing to take all the steps and measures outlined in the plan seriously.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, December 14, Augustana University has received a total of 340 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, six remain active and 329 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

  • On Friday, December 11, a message regarding 2021 Campus COVID-19 Protocols was sent to Augustana students, parents, staff, faculty and administration.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/VikingFlex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, December 7 (2:05 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 1:18 p.m. on Monday, December 7, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 67,357,522 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,540,697 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:17 p.m. on Monday, December 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 14,636,914 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 281,253 deaths.

  • Per its website, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, on Wednesday, December 2, the CDC provided new shortened quarantine guidance as acceptable alternatives.

State Outlook: As of 10:42 a.m. on Monday, December 7, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 79,994 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 447 cases that are new, and 1,110 deaths. There are 16,432 active cases in the state, including 503 current hospitalizations. A total of 68,449 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, December 7, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 27,694 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 163 cases that are new, and 259 deaths. There are 4,924 active cases in both counties, including 181 current hospitalizations. A total of 22,511 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • In a meeting on Tuesday, November 17, the Sioux Falls City Council motioned to reconsider an emergency ordinance considered on November 10, that would require a face covering in an indoor public place where six-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. An amendment was made to the ordinance in that "There shall be no penalty for any person found in violation of this ordinance." Ordinance No. 102-20 passed in a 6-2 vote.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, December 7, Augustana University has received a total of 332 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, nine remain active and 323 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, November 30 (11:56 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, November 30, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 62,953,556 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,462,989 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 1:32 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 13,142,997 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 265,166 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, November 30, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 74,973 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 455 cases that are new, and 946 deaths. There are 17,184 active cases in the state, including 546 current hospitalizations. A total of 62,334 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, November 29, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 25,864 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 264 cases that are new, and 234 deaths. There are 5,162 active cases in both counties, including 192 current hospitalizations. A total of 20,468 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • In a meeting on Tuesday, November 17, the Sioux Falls City Council motioned to reconsider an emergency ordinance considered on November 10, that would require a face covering in an indoor public place where six-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. An amendment was made to the ordinance in that "There shall be no penalty for any person found in violation of this ordinance." Ordinance No. 102-20 passed in a 6-2 vote.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, November 30, Augustana University has received a total of 326 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, seven remain active and 319 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, November 23 (12:35 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, November 23, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 58,900,313 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,392,213 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 2:02 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 12,028,081 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 255,076 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:40 a.m. on Monday, November 23, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 69,217 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 769 cases that are new, and 819 deaths. There are 17,350 active cases in the state, including 582 current hospitalizations. A total of 55,679 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, November 23, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 23,971 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 259 cases that are new, and 208 deaths. There are 5,370 active cases in both counties, including 206 current hospitalizations. A total of 18,393 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • In a meeting on Tuesday, November 17, the Sioux Falls City Council motioned to reconsider an emergency ordinance considered on November 10 that would require a face covering in an indoor public place where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. An amendment was made to the ordinance in that "There shall be no penalty for any person found in violation of this ordinance." Ordinance No. 102-20 passed in a 6-2 vote.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, November 23, Augustana University has received a total of 313 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 16 remain active and 297 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, November 16 (2:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 2:12 p.m. on Monday, November 16, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 54,714,076 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,321,712 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Monday, November 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 10,984,398 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 245,470 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:46 a.m. on Monday, November 16, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 62,521 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 821 cases that are new, and 644 deaths. There are 18,139 active cases in the state, including 560 current hospitalizations. A total of 47,495 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, November 16, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 21,758 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 275 cases that are new, and 179 deaths. There are 5,853 active cases in both counties, including 220 current hospitalizations. A total of 15,726 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • On Tuesday, November 10, in a second reading, the Sioux Falls City Council considered an emergency ordinance that would require face coverings in an indoor public place where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHenken struck down the ordinance in a tie-breaking vote.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, November 16, Augustana University has received a total of 275 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 40 remain active and 235 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, November 9 (11:53 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 50,591,307 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,258,817 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 9,808,411 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 236,547 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:44 a.m. on Monday, November 9, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 53,486 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 881 cases that are new, and 537 deaths. There are 16,266 active cases in the state, including 566 current hospitalizations. A total of 39,508 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, November 8, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 18,138 total (confirmed and probable) cases of the novel coronavirus, including 424 cases that are new, and 157 deaths. There are 4,900 active cases in both counties, including 223 current hospitalizations. A total of 13,081 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

  • On Tuesday, November 3, the Sioux Falls City Council passed a first reading of an emergency ordinance that would require face coverings in an indoor public place where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. The second reading will take place on Tuesday, November 10. The ordinance is sponsored by City Council Members Curt Soehl and Rick Kiley.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, November 9, Augustana University has received a total of 212 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 24 remain active and 188 people have recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, November 2 (1 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of  11:53 a.m. on Monday, November 2, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 46,723,235 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,203,431 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:24 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 9,105,230 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 229,932 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:43 a.m. on Monday, November 2, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 45,932 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 496 cases that are new, and 438 deaths. There are 13,325 active cases in the state, including 402 current hospitalizations. A total of 34,087 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, November 2, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 15,984 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 124 cases that are new, and 132 deaths. There are 4,429 active cases in both counties, including 189 current hospitalizations. A total of 11,423 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19

  • On Tuesday, November 3, the Sioux Falls City Council will vote on the first reading of an emergency ordinance that would require face coverings in an indoor public place where 6-foot social distancing cannot be achieved. If passes, a second reading would take place on Tuesday, November 10. The ordinance is sponsored by City Council Members Curt Soehl and Rick Kiley.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, November 2, Augustana University has received a total of 187 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 15 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, October 26 (1:40 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 1:20 p.m. on Monday, October 26, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 43,238,481 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,156,212 deaths.

National Outlook: As of 12:16 p.m. on October 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 8,617,022 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 224,601 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:47 a.m. on Monday, October 26, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 38,504 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 525 cases that are new, and 375 deaths. There are 11,061 active cases in the state, including 377 current hospitalizations. A total of 28,305 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, October 26, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 13,115 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 120 cases that are new, and 124 deaths. There are 3,226 active cases in both counties, including 144 current hospitalizations. A total of 9,765 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, October 26, Augustana University has received a total of 172 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, nine remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, October 19 (2:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 1:45 p.m. on Monday, October 19, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 40,246,655 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,115,985 deaths.

National Outlook: On Monday, October 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had no case data information available on its website.

State Outlook: As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, October 19, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 32,904 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 564 cases that are new, and 323 deaths. There are 8,388 active cases in the state, including 304 current hospitalizations. A total of 25,125 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, October 19, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 11,392 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 202 cases that are new, and 110 deaths. There are 2,447 active cases in both counties, including 140 current hospitalizations. A total of 8,835 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, October 19, Augustana University has received a total of 160 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 15 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, October 12 (4 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 4 p.m. on Monday, October 12, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 37,686,296 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,078,699 deaths.

National Outlook: As of noon on Monday, October 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 7,740,934 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 214,108 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 11 a.m. on Monday, October 12, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 28,925 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 344 cases that are new, and 288 deaths. There are 6,062 active cases in the state, including 278 current hospitalizations. A total of 22,575 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, October 12, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 9,880 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 62 cases that are new, and 98 deaths. There are 1,703 active cases in both counties, including 133 current hospitalizations. A total of 8,079 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, October 12, Augustana University has received a total of 143 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, nine remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, October 5 (12:25 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, October 5, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 35,274,475 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 1,038,423 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, October 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 7,359,952 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 208,821 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 11 a.m. on Monday, October 5, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 24,598 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 181 cases that are new, and 281 deaths. There are 4,274 active cases in the state, including 241 current hospitalizations. A total of 20,043 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, October 4, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 8,756 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 116 cases that are new, and 87 deaths. There are 1,105 active cases in both counties, including 109 current hospitalizations. A total of 8,756 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, October 5, Augustana University has received a total of 132 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 6 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, September 28 (2 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 2 p.m. on Monday, September 28, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 33,217,895 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 999,273 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Monday, September 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 7,095,422 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 204,328 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:57 a.m. on Monday, September 28, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 21,738 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 198 cases that are new, and 218 deaths. There are 3,828 active cases in the state, including 209 current hospitalizations. A total of 17,692 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, September 28, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 8,054 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 49 cases that are new, and 83 deaths. There are 845 active cases in both counties, including 72 current hospitalizations. A total of 7,126 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, September 28, Augustana University has received a total of 125 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 9 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, September 21 (11:30 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, September 21, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 31,110,407 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 961,544 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, September 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 6,748,935 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 198,754 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, September 21, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 18,869 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 173 cases that are new, and 202 deaths. There are 2,890 active cases in the state, including 116 current hospitalizations. A total of 15,777 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, September 20, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 7,420 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 60 cases that are new, and 80 deaths. There are 725 active cases in both counties, including 57 current hospitalizations. A total of 6,615 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, September 21, Augustana University has received a total of 110 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 20 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Tuesday, September 15 (10 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 29,323,247 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 929,444 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Monday, September 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 6,503,030 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 193,705 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:45 a.m. on Monday, September 14, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 16,801 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 163 cases that are new, and 184 deaths. There are 2,499 active cases in the state, including 110 current hospitalizations. A total of 14,118 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, September 14, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 6,985 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 32 cases that are new, and 76 deaths. There are 694 active cases in both counties, including 30 current hospitalizations. A total of 6,215 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Tuesday, September 15, Augustana University has received a total of 79 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 28 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, September 7 (12:30 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, September 7, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 27,168,960 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 889,682 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, September 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 6,226,879 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 188,051 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:46 a.m. on Monday, September 7, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 15,300 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 191 cases that are new, and 173 deaths. There are 2,892 active cases in the state, including 78 current hospitalizations. A total of 12,235 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, September 6, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 6,571 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 51 cases that are new, and 73 deaths. There are 807 active cases in both counties, including 30 current hospitalizations. A total of 5,691 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, September 7, Augustana University has received a total of 41 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 11 remain active. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal. A more comprehensive look at COVID-19 cases within K-12 schools, as well as colleges, universities and technical schools in South Dakota can be found on the SD-DOH website, updated weekly on Mondays. Due to the Labor Day holiday, this week's update will instead be posted on Tuesday, September 8. 

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. For a better understanding, please view COVID-19 Basics #ForAU.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found at augie.edu/vikingflex or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, August 31 (11:30 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 25,259,201 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 847,107 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, August 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 5,934,824 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 182,149 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 13,509 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 187 cases that are new, and 167 deaths. There are 2,730 active cases in the state, including 76 current hospitalizations. A total of 10,612 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, August 30, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 6,174 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 76 cases that are new, and 72 deaths. There are 689 active cases in both counties, including 35 current hospitalizations. A total of 5,398 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, August 31, Augustana University has received a total of 31 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 22 have reported recovering from COVID-19. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, August 24 (2 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of 11 a.m. on Monday, August 24, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 23,472,067 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 809,747 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, August 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 5,643,812 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 175,651 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 24, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 11,425 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 149 cases that are new, and 161 deaths. There are 1,570 active cases in the state, including 65 current hospitalizations. A total of 9,694 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, August 23, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 5,683 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 27 cases that are new, and 72 deaths. There are 596 active cases in both counties, including 37 current hospitalizations. A total of 5,015 people have recovered throughout the two counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, August 24, Augustana University has received a total of 24 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 19 have reported recovering from COVID-19. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, August 17 (1 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, August 17, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 21,739,501 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 776,241 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, August 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 5,340,232 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 168,696 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 10,360 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 86 cases that are new, and 153 deaths. There are 1,194 active cases in the state, including 60 current hospitalizations. A total of 9,013 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Monday, August 17, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 494 active cases, including 29 new cases and 33 hospitalizations. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, August 17, Augustana University has received a total of 20 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 16 have reported recovering from COVID-19. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, August 10 (11:30 a.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, August 10, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 19,913,080 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 732,185 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, August 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 4,974,959 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 161,284 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 11 a.m. on Monday, August 10, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 9,663 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 59 cases that are new, and 146 deaths. There are 1,146 active cases in the state, including 63 current hospitalizations. A total of 8,371 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. As of Sunday, August 9, Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties reported a total of 492 active cases, including 63 new cases and 31 hospitalizations. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, August 10, Augustana University has received a total of 17 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 15 have reported recovering from COVID-19. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Monday, August 3 (1 p.m.)

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Here are the latest things to know:

Global Outlook: As of noon on Monday, August 3, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 18,136,344 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 690,413 deaths.

National Outlook: As of Sunday, August 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 4,601,526 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 154,002 deaths.

State Outlook: As of 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 9,020 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 65 cases that are new, and 135 deaths. There are 946 active cases in the state, including 39 current hospitalizations. A total of 7,939 people have recovered from the virus in the state.

City Outlook: The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Campus Outlook: As of Monday, August 3, Augustana University has received a total of 16 reports of positive COVID-19 from the campus community since receiving its first positive case report on April 23, 2020. Of those cases, 13 have reported recovering from COVID-19. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the my.augie.edu portal.

As we continue to implement the Viking Flex Plan and welcome students and staff back to campus, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. In order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified.

If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need. More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.


Wednesday, July 29 (1:58 p.m.)

 Global and Local Update:

  • As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 16,810,315 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 661,917 deaths.
  • As of Tuesday, July 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 4,280,135 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 147,672 deaths.
  • As of 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 8,641 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 149 cases that are new, and 129 deaths. There are 903 active cases in the state, including 46 current hospitalizations. A total of 7,609 people have recovered from the virus in the state.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
  • Viking Flex Plan: The Viking Flex Plan will incorporate both face-to-face learning as well as an online learning component for students this fall. This model will be implemented for the health and safety of all of our students, staff and faculty as well as to create the best possible on-campus experience. Viking Flex Plan FAQs.
    • Viking Flex Health & Safety Pledge: The Viking Flex Health and Safety Pledge is available for Augustana employees — a covenant outlining important health and safety protocols in which the university is asking all members of our campus community to commit. We are asking all employees to sign the pledge on the employee portal by Friday, August 21. For those who don’t utilize email, a hard copy will be provided.
    • Mask Policy: Masks are required for all indoor, public spaces, including classrooms, study spaces, and hallways. Masks are likewise required in those on-campus situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained — exceptions include while eating and drinking, and while participating in athletic and performance related activities. Mask requirements on campus for fall 2020.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live and work on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.To provide updated building, office and service hours, please email news@augie.edu.

Tuesday, July 28 (3:45 p.m.)

On Thursday, July 23, we informed you that a student-athlete who has been participating in voluntary workouts at the Elmen Center tested positive for COVID-19. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis on Wednesday, July 22, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH).

Augustana identified and contacted the students and staff who may have been in contact with the individual. We asked each of them to self-quarantine for a 14-day period as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or until they could show a negative test.  

Unfortunately, five additional student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of this news, on Monday, July 27, out of an abundance of caution we made the decision to pause all athletic-related activity for the remainder of the week. These activities include all strength and conditioning, team skills work, helping out at team youth camps and using the Elmen Center weight room.

As we have previously communicated through the Viking Flex Plan, Augustana University remains committed to providing an in-person learning experience for students this fall. We want you to know that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff has been and remains our utmost priority, that’s why we are also committed to providing the ongoing communications necessary to keep our campus community educated and safe.

With that said, as we continue to gradually open campus to more students and staff in the Augustana community, we fully anticipate receiving more reports of positive cases. If and when an individual reports testing positive for COVID-19, we will continue to utilize contact tracing, identifying and contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the individual and ask them to self-monitor for any symptoms related to COVID-19. Augustana’s Employee Health Educator, Campus Clinic staff and others  will stay in touch with these individuals to offer any support they may need.

Going forward — in order to deal with the anticipated increase of positive cases reported and to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of all involved — Augustana will notify the entire campus community of individual positive COVID-19 cases only when a particular case or set of cases poses a greater risk to the community that cannot be identified through contact tracing. Those in our campus community who are known to have met the exposure criteria determined by the CDC will be notified. We will begin providing weekly communications with the number of positive cases that have been reported to the university by a member of the campus community, as well as the number of individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. These campus numbers — along with the global, state, and city outlook — will be posted at augie.edu/coronavirus at the start of each work week, beginning Monday, August 3.

More resources regarding health and safety can be found within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact one of the following departments should you have questions or need assistance:


Thursday, July 23 (12:23 p.m.)

Dear AU Community,

We want to inform you that a person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test is from a student-athlete who has been participating in voluntary workouts at the Elmen Center. The Augustana athletics department began a phased reopening plan Monday, June 1, to allow student-athletes back on campus for voluntary athletic activities.

The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was last at the facility on Friday, July 17, and has not returned since that time. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis on Wednesday, July 22, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH).  It is important to note all protocol was followed which minimizes the risk of exposure.  The student immediately reported not feeling well and stayed away from campus.  

Augustana has identified and contacted the students and staff who may have been in contact with the individual. We have asked each of them to self-quarantine for the 14-day period or until they can show a negative test, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know the Elmen Center and athletics staff have been following a number of safety protocols. The health and safety of student-athletes and staff will remain the top priority with policies that include: 

  • A pre-screening prior to receiving approval to use Augustana athletics facilities, which includes reviewing educational materials regarding COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • Daily check-in requirements upon entry including temperature and daily symptom checks.
  • Route mapping for entry and exit in and around the Augustana athletics facilities.
  • Enforcement of physical distancing guidelines and requiring face masks when those guidelines are not possible (i.e., weight room spotting).
  • Reporting for workouts in their own gear, leaving immediately at the conclusion of their workout and locker rooms are only accessible for personal hygiene (i.e., washing of hands and use of the restrooms).
  • The completion of thorough post-session cleaning and disinfecting prior to the start of any new training sessions.
  • Limited capacity in indoor venues with specific sign-up times for student-athletes.

Please continue to use the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice physical distancing
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Augustana University has and will continue to communicate with students, faculty and staff when a positive COVID-19 case poses a risk to the campus community. Communication and contact tracing will be conducted in a manner that preserves confidentiality and privacy of all involved.

Again, the health, safety and well-being of our campus community is of the utmost concern to Augustana. We recognize you may have a number of questions. Please reference the coronavirus website or contact one of the following departments should you need any help.


Wednesday, July 22 (3:30 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update:
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live and work on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.To provide updated building, office and service hours, please email news@augie.edu.

Wednesday, July 15 (3 p.m.) 

  •  Local and Global Update:
  • Viking Flex Plan: Augustana University is committed to providing an in-person learning experience for students this fall. This experience, called The Viking Flex Plan, will incorporate both face-to-face learning as well as an online learning component. This model will be implemented for the health and safety of all of our students, staff and faculty as well as to create the best possible on-campus experience. Viking Flex Plan FAQs.
  • Viking Flex Health and Safety Pledge: The pledge is now available for Augustana employees. This pledge is a covenant outlining important health and safety protocols in which the university is asking all members of our campus community to commit. The pledge can be found on the employee portal. We ask all employees to complete this step by Friday, August 21. More than 1,000 students have already confirmed their pledge to do their part to keep AU healthy and safe.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live and work on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.To provide updated building, office and service hours, please email news@augie.edu.

Monday, July 13 (3 p.m.)

Dear AU Community,

We want to inform you that a person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is an employee of the University.

The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was last on campus on Thursday, July 3, and has not returned since that time. The employee reported feeling ill, and per university protocol, was advised to stay home until they were feeling better or after they received a negative test. The individual was self-isolating and was tested for COVID-19 on Friday, July 10. The individual self-reported their positive diagnosis to Augustana on Sunday, July 12.

The employee reported no contact with anyone on campus at the onset of any symptoms. Still, Augustana has identified and contacted any staff members who may have been in contact with the individual and asked them to self-monitor for any symptoms related to COVID-19. The employee who tested positive will not return to work for a minimum of two weeks, during which time Augustana’s Employee Health Educator will stay in touch with them to offer any support they may need.

Previous to and with more employees returning to campus, the University has been following a number of safety protocols. The university is requiring that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces on campus. Buildings on campus indicate that masks should be worn inside, have had plexi-glass installed where appropriate, and stickers added to the floors to remind people to distance themselves from others. Staff members have been sanitizing each building thoroughly throughout each day, in addition to nightly custodial cleaning.

Augustana University has and will continue to communicate with students, faculty and staff when a positive COVID-19 case poses risk to the campus community.  Communication and contact tracing will be conducted in a manner that preserves confidentiality and privacy of all involved.  It is imperative that we all monitor our personal health condition and follow proper protocol to minimize exposing others and to minimize the impact to daily life on campus.

Please continue to use the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and people who don’t live in your household
  • Wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household when other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Be alert for symptoms, watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms

The health, safety and well-being of our campus community is of the utmost concern to Augustana. Please reference the coronavirus website, our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions regarding health and safety or contact one of the following departments should you have questions or need help.


Wednesday, June 17 (8:27 p.m.)

Dear AU Community,

We want to inform you that a person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test is from a student-athlete who has been participating in voluntary workouts at the Elmen Center. The Augustana athletics department began a phased reopening plan Monday, June 1, to allow student-athletes back on campus for voluntary athletic activities. The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the facility only on Monday, June 15, and has not returned since that time. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis on Wednesday, June 17, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH).

Augustana has identified and contacted the students and the staff member who was in contact with the individual. We have asked each of them to self-quarantine for the 14-day period, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know the Elmen Center and athletics staff have been following a number of safety protocols. The health and safety of student-athletes and staff will remain the top priority with policies that include:

  • A pre-screening prior to receiving approval to use Augustana athletics facilities, which includes reviewing educational materials regarding COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • Daily check-in requirements upon entry including temperature and daily symptom checks.
  • Route mapping for entry and exit in and around the Augustana athletics facilities.
  • Enforcement of physical distancing guidelines and requiring face masks when those guidelines are not possible (i.e., weight room spotting).
  • Reporting for workouts in their own gear, leaving immediately at the conclusion of their workout and locker rooms are only accessible for personal hygiene (i.e., washing of hands and use of the restrooms).

The completion of thorough post-session cleaning and disinfecting prior to the start of any new training sessions.

Limited capacity in indoor venues with specific sign-up times for student-athletes.

Please continue to use the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice physical distancing
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Again, the health, safety and well-being of our campus community is of the utmost concern to Augustana. We recognize you may have a number of questions. Please reference the coronavirus website or contact one of the following departments should you need any help.

Thank you.

Rick Tupper

Associate Vice President

Safety and Logistics

Augustana University


Wednesday, June 17 (2 p.m.)

Local and Global Update: 
  • As of noon on June 17, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has reported 8,217,627 cases of the novel coronavirus globally and 445,012 deaths.
  • As of June 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,104,346 positive cases of the coronavirus and 116,140 deaths. Thirty-seven jurisdictions have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
  • As of noon on June 17, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 6,050 positive cases of COVID-19, including 84 news cases today, and 78 deaths. There are currently 829 active cases in the state, including 91 current hospitalizations. A total of 5,143 people have recovered from the virus in the state.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
    • In an effort to help people struggling financially due to the COVID-19, the One Sioux Falls Fund was established to provide rent and mortgage assistance to residents living in the Sioux Falls area. According to Mayor Paul TenHaken, more than 2,900 families have received help through the One Sioux Falls Fund. Rent assistance applications closed on May 31. Mortgage applications are being accepted by the Helpline Center through Wednesday, June 24.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live and work on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours. To provide updated building, office and service hours, please email news@augie.edu.

Wednesday, June 10 (4 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Wednesday, June 10, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 5,604 positive cases of COVID-19, including the 91 cases that are new today, and 69 deaths. There are 962 active cases in the state, including 101 current hospitalizations. A total of 4,573 people have recovered from the virus in the state. As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,973,797 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 112,133 deaths. Thirty-seven states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.

Friday, June 5 (3 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, June 5, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 5,277 positive cases of COVID-19 and 65 deaths. There are 1,033 active cases in the state, including 83 current hospitalizations. A total of 4,179 people have recovered from the virus in the state. As of June 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,842,101 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 107,029 deaths. Thirty-four states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
  • Letter to Congressional Delegation: On Friday, June 5, an open letter from Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was sent to Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, as well as Congressman Dusty Johnson, asking for their support of international students who seek to further their education in South Dakota and the Optional Practical Training program that is key to attracting them to Augustana University and other higher education institutions across the country. Read the Letter.
  • Viking Flex Plan: Augustana announced its Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020, with classes set to begin on campus on Wednesday, August 26. The university plans to proceed with a hybrid/flexible approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual components for most courses, and reflects a commitment to in-person curricular and co-curricular experiences for the university’s students. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Viking Flex Plan have been posted on our website.
    • As part of the Viking Flex Plan, Augustana will hold in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, August 26, through Friday, November 20.
      • First day of class — Wednesday, August 26
      • No fall break
      • Last day of in-person instruction — Friday, November 20
      • Online instruction/project period — November 23-24; Nov. 30-December 4
      • Thanksgiving Break — November 25-29
      • Last day of instruction for the semester — Friday, December 4
    • Fall Schedule: The fall 2020 class schedule will be slightly modified on MWF in order to allow for important health and safety protocols. The schedule is being adjusted as follows:
      • Monday/Wednesday/Friday
        • Current: 8:00-8:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 7:50-8:40 a.m.
        • Current: 8:40-9:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 8:40-9:50 a.m.*No change
        • Current: 9:00-9:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 9:00-9:50 a.m.*No change
        • Current: Chapel 10:00 a.m. — Fall 2020: Moved to T/Th
        • Current: 10:40-11:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 10:10-11:20 a.m.
        • Current: 11:00-11:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 10:30-11:20 a.m.
        • Current: 12:00-12:50 p.m. — Fall 2020: 11:40-12:30 p.m.
        • Current: 1:00-1:50 p.m. — Fall 2020: 12:50-1:40 p.m.
        • Current: 2:00-2:50 p.m. — Fall 2020: 2:00-2:50 p.m. *No change
      • Tuesday/Thursday
        • Current: 8:30-9:50 a.m. — Fall 2020: 8:30-9:50 a.m. *No change
        • Current: Open 10:00 a.m. — Fall 2020: Chapel 10:00-10:40 a.m.
        • Current: 11:00-12:20 p.m. — Fall 2020: 11:00-12:20 p.m. *No change
        • Current: 1:00-2:20 p.m. — Fall 2020: 1:00-2:20 p.m. *No change
      • Lab times will remain unchanged. Students will be able to view their schedule and the adjusted times soon.
      • Chapel time has been moved to Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. This is a temporary change for fall semester only. There will be the option to worship in person or online.
      • Some students will be receiving individual communications regarding necessary section changes via email.
    • Move-In Dates: Students and families will be able to sign up for a specific time slot on each day in order to follow appropriate physical distancing guidelines. Detailed information about this process will be sent to students soon.
      • New Students — August 21-22
      • Returning Students — August 23-25
    • Students Return to Campus: The Augustana athletics department began a phased reopening plan Monday, June 1, to allow student-athletes back on campus for voluntary athletic activities. Read Press Release.
    • Campus Visits: The Office of Admission will begin hosting individual campus visitors/prospective students beginning on Monday, June 22. Students and families will be able to sign up for a specific time slot on each day at augie.edu/visit.
  • Fall Sports Schedules: The Augustana athletics department announced fall sports schedules for football, soccer and volleyball on Wednesday, June 3, with the three programs slated to play a combined 22 home games in front of Viking fans on campus.
  • All three schedules feature competition with NSIC schools only after NCAA Division II passed legislation lowering the maximum number of games allowed for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to be on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news and Augustana in the news at augie.edu/inthenews.

Friday, May 29 (2:30 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 29, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 4,866 positive cases of COVID-19 and 59 deaths. There are 1,063 active cases in the state, including 95 current hospitalizations. A total of 3,744 people have recovered from the virus in the state. As of Thursday, May 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,698,523 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 100,446 deaths. Thirty-one states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
    • On Tuesday, May 26, the Sioux Falls City Council voted to repeal the "No Mingling" Ordinance, which provides restrictions for businesses to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The ordinance expires today, May 29. The council also adopted a resolution to urge residents to continue to be mindful of the risk to the community, which includes using good hygiene practices of wearing masks in public and covering your cough and sneezes, washing your hands, and adhering to the CDC's physical distancing guidelines.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: On Monday, May 18, Augustana announced its Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020, with classes set to begin on campus on Wednesday, August 26. The university plans to proceed with a hybrid/flexible approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual components to most courses, and reflects a commitment to in-person curricular and co-curricular experiences for the university’s students.
    • In order to operationalize the Viking Flex Plan, the Scenario Planning Task Force announced the formation of an Academics Working Group and Operations Working Group. The first will focus on the classroom experience, pedagogical aspects of the hybrid/flexible instructional model, scheduling, and related topics. The second will focus on health and safety protocols, housing, dining, athletics and numerous other elements of the co-curricular experience at Augustana.
    • The groups expect to make regular communications to the campus community over the next several weeks, and to post answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Viking Flex Plan at augie.edu/vikingflex soon.
  • CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within the student portal. Augustana will continue to review applications through Monday, June 1.
    • Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted.
    • The application link will be in your “Checklist” if you are eligible to apply. The application will reopen if funds remain.
    • For additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit augie.edu/cares. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Business Office if you have questions.
  • Class of 2020: On Saturday, May 23, Augustana published a video recognition of our 2020 graduates with a message from President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. This included a scrolling list of the names of our graduates. Watch the video and find commencement-related information at augie.edu/commencement.
    • View notes from the Augustana community to the Class of 2020.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news and Augustana in the news at augie.edu/inthenews.

Friday, May 22 (2:25 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 22, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 4,356 positive cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths. There are 1,039 active cases in the state, including 83 current hospitalizations. A total of 3,267 people have recovered from the virus in the state. As of Thursday, May 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,551,095 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 93,061 total deaths in the U.S. Twenty-nine states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Sioux Falls City Council voted to ease business limitations necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Sioux Falls region. Read about the "No Mingling" Ordinance. On Tuesday, May 19, the council advanced a first reading of an ordinance that would drop COVID-19 related business regulations. If the council passes the ordinance at its second reading on Tuesday, May 26, it would go into effect on Friday, May 29.
    • Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announced on Monday, May 18, that city-owned pools will suspend operations for the summer 2020 season. Pending approval by the city council, free admission to the Great Plains Zoo and the Washington Pavilion will be offered to qualifying families for June, July and August. Press Release.
    • Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Sioux Area Metro will bring back some transit services that were reduced or suspended due to COVID-19.  A new time schedule shall be made available at siouxfalls.org/sam beginning at noon on Sunday, May 24.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19, including a list of buildings and services that have reopened to the public.
  • Viking Flex Plan: Augustana announced on Monday, May 18, its Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020, developed by the 18-member Scenario Planning Task Force. The university plans to proceed with a hybrid/flexible approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual components to most courses, and reflects a commitment to in-person curricular and co-curricular experiences for the university’s students. More Details.
    • As part of the Viking Flex Plan, Augustana will hold in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, August 26, through Friday, November 20. The plan involves beginning classes a week early and forgoes a fall break in order to allow students to return home by Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the university will transition to a brief period of online instruction that will allow for innovative course engagement, creative projects, as well as a safe and successful finish for course instruction on Friday, December 4.
      • First day of class — Wednesday, August 26
      • No fall break
      • Last day of in-person instruction — Friday, November 20
      • Online instruction/project period — November 23-24; Nov. 30-December 4
      • Thanksgiving Break — November 25-29
      • Last day of instruction for the semester — Friday, December 4
  • ​​CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within the student portal. Augustana will continue to review applications through Monday, June 1. Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted. 
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Must be a degree-seeking student–Undergraduate or Graduate.
      • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
      • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or moving based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19.
      • Must not be enrolled in a program that was already fully online at the start of the spring 2020 semester (i.e., students enrolled in the Master of Education or Master of Special Education programs are not eligible for these emergency funds).
    • You may file your electronic application within the my.augie.edu student portal. The application link will be in your “Checklist” if you are eligible to apply. The application period for those who qualify is open through June 1, 2020. The application will reopen if funds remain.
    • For additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit augie.edu/cares. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Business Office if you have questions.
  • Class of 2020: On Saturday, May 23, we will continue to celebrate our 2020 graduates. Graduates, parents, administrators, faculty, staff and coaches, please check your email at 10 a.m., for access to the 2020 Commencement Address from President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and a special video highlighting the names of those we have been so blessed to serve. Between now and then, we invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to post a note of congratulations on the special 20 for '20 page created for the graduates.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • Effective Friday, May 22, the Campus Clinic is closed for the summer. Students and staff can call the Sanford Clinic (69th & Minnesota Avenue) at 605.328.5800 to speak with a healthcare provider regarding symptoms and provide next steps. If after hours, please call this same number and follow the prompt to be directed to the Sanford Hospital After Hours Call Center.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The Elmen Center is closed on the weekends and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. The pool remains closed as well.
      • Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news.

Friday, May 15 (2:24 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 15, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 3,887 positive cases of COVID-19 and 44 deaths. There are 1,269 active cases in the state, including 80 current hospitalizations. As of Thursday, May 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1, 384,930 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 83,947 deaths. Twenty-eight states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • The city now has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: Augustana University continues to plan and prepare for students to be back on campus this fall. The university has a Scenario Planning Task Force developing a set of viable options that reflect a commitment to face-to-face experiences in safe and effective classroom and co-curricular environments. Look for important updates regarding plans for fall semester soon.
  • Choir Tour in Norway and January 2021 Study Abroad: Augustana made the difficult decision this week to postpone the choir tour to Norway scheduled for January 2021. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance. Factors in the decision included uncertainty in the travel landscape, current health risks, the size of the choir group and preventing negative financial implications for our students.
    • AU is proceeding with planning for all other study abroad courses for January 2021 at this time. We will continue to evaluate each of these programs throughout the summer. If a location is deemed unsafe or borders are not freely open, we will cancel or postpone J-term 2021 courses on a case-by-case basis ahead of the September 15 deadline, and we will communicate any such decisions with students as soon as possible. 
  • CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: Executive Vice President and CFO Shannan Nelson sent a message to students on Monday, May 4, regarding CARES Act funding. The funding covers student expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within the student portal (login required). The application link will be in your “Checklist” if you are eligible to apply. Augustana will begin reviewing applications on Friday, May 15 through Monday, June 1. Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted.
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Must be enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester
      • Must be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate)
      • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Please note: If you did not file the FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, you must do so by Friday, May 15, to be eligible.
      • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or moving based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19. Must not be enrolled in a program that was already fully online at the start of the Spring 2020 semester (i.e., students enrolled in the Master of Education or Master of Special Education programs are not eligible)
      • For additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit augie.edu/cares. Please contact the Financial Aid or Business Offices if you have questions.
  • Class of 2020: Celebrating graduation is important to AU and we know nothing compares to the real thing. While we are unable to hold the commencement ceremony in May, we will still be celebrating the Class of 2020.
    • We have assembled boxes for undergraduate students (including their cap, tassel, diploma cover and cords) who would have participated in commencement. The boxes will be distributed to graduates at a drive-thru celebration on Monday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Elmen Center parking lot. We need help from the administrators, faculty and staff to simulate “The Gauntlet” and to make this event special as students drive through to pick up their boxes.
      • Any parent or student who is interested in an Augustana branded editable file to either print for themselves or have printed for yard signs, please email commencement@augie.edu.
    • On Friday, May 22, at 3 p.m., the 2020 Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held virtually.
    • On Saturday, May 23, Augustana will publish a video recognition of our 2020 graduates with a message from President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. This will include a scrolling list of the names of our graduates.
    • During Viking Days on October 9-10, we will celebrate our 2020 graduates with a live in-person commencement ceremony. Commencement Updates.
  • Health and Well-Being: The COVID-19 pandemic is putting new and unforeseen pressures on all of us. As the pandemic drags on, this new normal is taxing our inner resources. We find ourselves juggling family, work, health and financial pressures like never before. Augustana Assistant Professor of Nursing Ranae Aukerman shares some insight in growing your resilience — the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. Watch Video.
  • Stay Connected: Augustana University’s recording studio, Studio 47, has released its newest podcast “Alone Together: Conversations Amid COVID-19,” intended to capture the lives of those in the AU community and how each of them is uniquely affected by the current pandemic. New episodes are released every Monday and Friday. Full Story.
  • Augustana in the News:

Wednesday, May 13 (3:30 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Wednesday, May 13, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 3,732 positive cases of COVID-19 and 39 deaths. There are 1,326 active cases in the state, including 79 hospitalizations.As of Tuesday, May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,342,594 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 80,820 deaths. Twenty-six states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • The city now has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls services and operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19.
    • At a special meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Sioux Falls City Council voted to ease business limitations necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Sioux Falls region. Read about the "No Mingling" Ordinance.
    • The Governor has let the executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home expire on Monday, May 11.
  • Health and Well-Being: The COVID-19 pandemic is putting new and unforeseen pressures on all of us. As the pandemic drags on, this new normal is taxing our inner resources. We find ourselves juggling family, work, health and financial pressures like never before. Augustana Assistant Professor of Nursing Ranae Aukerman shares some insight in growing your resilience — the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. Watch Video.

Friday, May 8 (4:30 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 8, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported a total of 3,144 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and 31 deaths; 1,044 of those cases are active with 76 people in the hospital. On Thursday, May 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,219,066 positive COVID-19 cases, including 73,297 deaths in the U.S.
    • The Sioux Falls City Council passed a “No Mingling Ordinance” effective today, May 8, to ease some the regulations placed on businesses and recreational facilities in March to help control the spread of COVID-19.
      • Licensed Food Entities: Restaurants, coffee shops and bars must separate their patrons by six feet. Smaller establishments are required to have a maximum of 10 patrons. They must also limit the size of parties or groups to six or fewer adults, with the exception of individuals 18-years-old and under.
      • Recreational Facilities:  Movie theatres, athletic facilities, entertainment venues and health clubs are limited to 50% of their posted occupancy.
      • All businesses are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines regardless of whether they are affected by the ordinance.
      • The city will make a decision on whether to allow organized athletic leagues and events on Friday, May 29. Those organizations must submit an adjusted operations plan to the city for approval.
      • The city council plans to discuss transit operations within Sioux Falls at their meeting on Tuesday, May 12.
      • City Hall and the City Center will reopen in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. The service counter on the ground floor of City Hall will reopen for utility billing and public parking services. Human Resources, the City Attorney, Geographic Information Services and Finance Offices will be open by appointment. The Mayor’s office remains open. The City Center will be open to assist people with planning and permit options and will be implementing new operational procedures.
      • The Governor’s executive order is still in place for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home until Monday, May 11. It’s unclear whether the Governor will extend the order.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The Elmen Center is closed on the weekends and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. The pool remains closed as well.
      • Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news.

Wednesday, May 6 (3 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Wednesday, May 6 here are the latest things to know:

  • Local and Global Outlook: According to the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH), there are currently 773 active cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,977 people who have recovered. Of those active cases, Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported more than 86 percent of them. Twenty-nine people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died in South Dakota. As of Tuesday, May 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,171,510 positive COVID-19 cases and 68,279 deaths in the U.S.
    • The Sioux Falls City Council will have a second reading tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, to consider an ordinance that would allow more businesses to open and operate in Sioux Falls. The ordinance would allow 10 patrons or 50 percent of their posted occupancy, whichever is greater. Businesses would also have to be able to maintain social distancing guidelines. If passed by the council, the ordinance would go into effect on Friday, May 8.
  • Event Reminder: As a reminder, all May and June events on campus have been canceled or postponed. Be sure to visit augie.edu/canceled to review an up-to-date listing. As you cancel or postpone your event(s), please tell us your plans at news@augie.edu.
  • Augustana University’s recording studio, Studio 47, has released its newest podcast “Alone Together: Conversations Amid COVID-19,” intended to capture the lives of those in the AU community and how each of them is uniquely affected by the current pandemic. It has been featured on KELO News and KXRB.

Monday, May 4 (4 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Outlook: According to the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH), there are currently 817 active cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,830 people who have recovered. Of the number of active cases, Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported nearly 90 percent of them. Twenty-one people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died in South Dakota. As of Monday, May 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,152,372 positive COVID-19 cases and 67,456 deaths in the U.S.
    • On Thursday, May 7, the City Council will have a second reading to consider an ordinance that would allow more businesses to open and operate in Sioux Falls. The ordinance would allow 10 patrons or 50 percent of their posted occupancy, whichever is greater. Businesses would also have to be able to maintain social distancing guidelines. If passed by the council, the ordinance would go into effect on Friday, May 8, and would not have to be reassessed every two weeks. A violation of the ordinance would be a Class 2 misdemeanor.
  • CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: A message from Executive Vice President and CFO Shannon Nelson was sent to students on Monday, May 4, regarding CARES Act funding. The funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within the student portal (login required). Augustana will begin reviewing applications on Friday, May 15 through Monday, June 1. Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Must be enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester
    • Must be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate)
    • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Please note: If you did not file the FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, you must do so by Friday, May 15, to be eligible. 
    • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or moving based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19
    • Must not be enrolled in a program that was already fully online at the start of the Spring 2020 semester (i.e., students enrolled in the Master of Education or Master of Special Education programs are not eligible)
    • For additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit augie.edu/cares. Please contact the Financial Aid or Business Offices if you have questions.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: Augustana University is planning and preparing for students to be back on campus this fall. The university has a Scenario Planning Task Force developing a set of viable options that reflect a commitment to face-to-face experiences in safe and effective classroom and co-curricular environments. Listen to President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin discuss the task force and read about what Augustana’s is considering for fall semester.
  • Augustana University’s recording studio, Studio 47, has released its newest podcast “Alone Together: Conversations Amid COVID-19,” intended to capture the lives of those in the AU community and how each of them is uniquely affected by the current pandemic. A new episode featuring Luca Amayo was released today, Monday, May 4.

Friday, May 1 (4 p.m.) 

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, May 1 here are the latest things to know:

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 1, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,525 positive cases of COVID-19; 1,686 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus, which leaves 818 active cases. Eighty-six percent of these cases have come out of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with a combined total of 2,172 cases, including 1,482 who have recovered. Twenty-one people who have tested positive for the virus in South Dakota have died. As of Thursday, April 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,031,659 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 60,057 deaths.
    • The Governor has asked individuals, employers, retail businesses, schools, health care providers and local governments to consider steps outlined in the “Get Back to Normal” plan that is posted on South Dakota’s Coronavirus website.
    • The Governor’s executive order is still in place for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home until Monday, May 11.
    • The City of Sioux Falls has opened parks, playgrounds and athletic fields to unorganized activities. Park restrooms and drinking fountains will be closed and the public is being reminded to practice good hygiene while using these facilities.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor has called a special City Council Meeting for this afternoon, Friday, May 1, to provide first readings on two items:
      • The first motion is to rescind the “No Lingering Ordinance” that exists in the City of Sioux Falls through Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
      • The second is to recommend a new ordinance that would allow more businesses to open and operate. The potential ordinance would allow 10 patrons in businesses or 50 percent of their posted occupancy, whichever is greater; they would have to rearrange their setups so groups have the ability to social distance. If passed by the council, the ordinance would go into effect on Friday, May 8, and wouldn’t have to be reassessed every two weeks like the previous ordinance. The ordinance would carry a Class 2 misdemeanor should anyone violate the law.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: Augustana University is planning for and preparing for students to be back on campus this fall. The university has a Scenario Planning Task Force developing a set of viable options that reflect a commitment to face-to-face experiences in safe and effective classroom and co-curricular environments.
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Course Deadline: We want to remind students that today is the last day to declare your Spring 2020 grading choices as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The date was extended to May 1, 11:59 p.m. CDT. We are requesting that students fill out grade change requests using the portal (login required). If you have further questions about the S/U process, please visit the FAQ page on our website.
  • Class of 2020: Celebrating the milestone of graduation is extremely important to our entire Augustana community and the university has some new information regarding our plans.
    • Special Message on Saturday, May 23: On May 23, there will be a special message shared with our AU graduates and community. More details will be posted in the coming days.
    • Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 11: Augustana plans to celebrate the graduates of 2020 during Viking Days this fall. These events will take place in the Elmen Center. The schedule includes the following and more details will be shared over the summer.
      • 9 a.m. — Homecoming & Baccalaureate Worship
      • 10:40 a.m. — Doors Open
      • 11 a.m. — Class of 2020 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
  • Special Notes:
    • Diplomas, covers, caps, tassels, as well as cords will be mailed in June after degrees are posted.
    • We will be gathering regalia ordering information when students RSVP for the October ceremony, which will take place in August.
    • Class rings and diploma frames are available from Herff-Jones.
  • Augustana in the News:
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.

Wednesday, April 29 (3:30 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Wednesday, April 29, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,373 positive cases of COVID-19; 868 are active cases. Eighty-nine percent of these cases have come out of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with 2,122 cases. Thirteen people who have tested positive for the virus in South Dakota have died. As of Tuesday, April 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 981,246 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 55,258 deaths.
    • The Governor says that thanks to a strong commitment and respect for the principle of personal responsibility, South Dakotans have dramatically changed the trajectory of our initial COVID-19 projections. With the state’s hospitalization capacity currently at a manageable level, individuals, employers, retail businesses, schools, health care providers and local governments are asked to consider steps outlined on South Dakota’s Coronavirus website in her “Get Back to Normal” Plan.
    • The Governor’s executive order is still in place for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home until Monday, May 11.
    • A No Lingering Ordinance still exists in the City of Sioux Falls through Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: A new Scenario Planning Task Force has convened, which is comprised of Augustana faculty and staff to help determine how to best operate in the fall semester of the 2020 academic year. The task force will be developing various scenarios of campus operations in regards to student and faculty interaction this fall. A web page with more information regarding the task force will be published by the end of the week.
  • Class of 2020: Celebrating the milestone of graduation is extremely important to our entire Augustana community and the university has some new information regarding our plans.
    • Special Message on Saturday, May 23: On May 23, there will be a special message shared with our AU graduates and community. More details will be posted in the coming days.
    • Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 11: Augustana plans to celebrate the graduates of 2020 during Viking Days this fall. These events will take place in the Elmen Center. The schedule includes the following and more details will be shared over the summer.
      • 9 a.m. — Homecoming & Baccalaureate Worship
      • 10:40 a.m. — Doors Open
      • 11 a.m. — Class of 2020 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
    • Special Notes:
      • Diplomas, covers, caps, tassels, as well as cords will be mailed in June, after degrees are posted.
      • Graduate students will receive their diploma and cover and can order regalia if they still want it.
      • Class rings and diploma frames are available from Herff-Jones.
  • More details can be found at augie.edu/commencement.

Monday, April 27 (3:00 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Monday, April 27, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,245 positive cases of COVID-19. Nearly 90 percent of these cases have come out of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with 2,011 cases. These two counties have 872 of the 918 total number of active cases in the state. Eleven people who have tested positive for the virus in South Dakota have died. As of Sunday, April 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 957,875 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 53,922 deaths.
  • Class of 2020: Celebrating the milestone of graduation is extremely important to our entire Augustana community and the university has some new information regarding our plans.
    • Special Message on Saturday, May 23: On May 23, there will be a special message shared with our AU graduates and community. More details will be posted in the coming days.
    • Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 11: Augustana plans to celebrate the graduates of 2020 during Viking Days this fall. These events will take place in the Elmen Center. The schedule includes the following and more details will be shared over the summer.
      • 9 a.m. — Homecoming & Baccalaureate Worship
      • 10:40 a.m. — Doors Open
      • 11 a.m. — Class of 2020 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
    • Special Notes:
      • Diplomas, covers, caps, tassels, as well as cords will be mailed in June, after degrees are posted.
      • Graduate students will receive their diploma and cover and can email the bookstore for regalia if you still want it.
      • Class rings and diploma frames are available from Herff-Jones.
    • More details can be found at augie.edu/commencement.
  • Masks Available for AU CommunityThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. We strongly encourage those who remain on campus to wear masks. The Augustana Costume Shop is graciously making masks for those in need. They will continue to provide masks for local students, faculty and staff who have the ability to pick them up when they are finished. Please email your requests to amy.meyers@augie.eduNote: The use of masks does not replace the practice of physical distancing and cloth masks should be washed after each use.
    • In an effort to continue to make masks for the community, the Augustana Costume Shop is in need of the following items: elastic, bias tape, medium to large-sized buttons, spools of thread, cotton fabric and bread ties that come with garbage or sandwich bags. These items can be dropped off at the Campus Safety service desk in the Morrison Commons.

Friday, April 24 (2:25 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, April 24, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,040 positive cases of COVID-19. Eighty-nine percent of the total number of cases in South Dakota are in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with 1,823. Fifty-eight percent of the total number of positive cases in the state have recovered. Ten people who have tested positive for the virus have died. As of Wednesday, April 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 828,441 cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., with 46,379 deaths.
    • The Sioux Falls City Council voted on Tuesday, April 21 to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
    • The Governor’s executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home remains in effect until Monday, April 27, unless earlier revoked or amended.
  • COVID-19 Case Update: We sent out an email communication last night informing students, staff and faculty that a person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was working at the Augustana Campus Learning Center (CLC), which was serving a small number of children and families who needed essential childcare. Read the full message.
    • The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was last at the facility on Monday, April 20 and has not returned since that time. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis late yesterday afternoon, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) last night.
    • Augustana has identified and contacted the families and staff members who may have been in contact with the individual. We have asked those contacts to self-quarantine for the 14-day period from the last date of exposure on April 20, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • The Campus Learning Center will be closed until Monday, May 4. The closure will allow time for employees and those who utilize their services to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days. Augustana will be taking the necessary safety precautions while performing a deep cleaning of the center.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact your healthcare provider and stay at home for the mandated isolation period. Many insurance carriers offer telehealth (ability to talk with a healthcare provider via telecommunication technologies such as a mobile app or website). Call ahead or use telehealth options to help avoid the spread of illness. Please contact Employee Health or the Campus Clinic should you have any questions or need assistance. The following resources are available:
  • Finals Week Update: Earlier this week, the Curriculum Council modified Finals Guidelines for Spring 2020 in relation to synchronous and asynchronous exam options. View the policy.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.

Thursday, April 23 (9:30 p.m.) 

A person connected to the Augustana community has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was working at the Augustana Campus Learning Center (CLC), which was serving a small number of children and families who needed essential childcare.

The person who tested positive for COVID-19 was last at the facility on Monday, April 20 and has not returned since that time. The individual self-reported their COVID-19 diagnosis late this afternoon, which was confirmed by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) this evening. Please know we have been in communication with the SD-DOH regarding this information and will continue to work closely with them.

Augustana has identified and contacted the families and staff members who may have been in contact with the individual. We have asked those contacts to self-quarantine for the 14-day period, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know the Campus Learning Center has been following a number of safety protocols. Employees and children were required to have their temperature taken every day upon arrival. Staff members have also been sanitizing the center thoroughly throughout each day and the center has had nightly custodial cleaning. 

The Campus Learning Center will be closed until Monday, May 4. The closure will allow time for employees and those who utilize their services to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days. During this time, Augustana will take the necessary safety precautions while performing a deep cleaning of the center.

Please continue to use the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

The health, safety and well-being of our campus community is of the utmost concern to Augustana. We realize this may be difficult news to learn and recognize you may have a number of questions or may need assistance. Please reference the Coronavirus website or contact one of the following departments should you need any help.


Wednesday, April 22 (3:26 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Outlook: As of Wednesday, April 22, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 1,858 cases of COVID-19, including 937 people who have recovered. Nine people who have tested positive for the virus, have died in South Dakota. Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported 1,559 cases of coronavirus, which makes up more than 84 percent of the total cases in the state. As of Tuesday, April 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 802,583 cases and 44,575 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S.
    • The City Council withdrew the potential Stay at Home Ordinance for the City of Sioux Falls during their meeting on Tuesday, April 21. 
    • The City Council voted to extend the No Lingering Ordinance that is already in effect in the City of Sioux Falls. The council voted on Tuesday, April 21 to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees. 
    • Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has announced a new plan called SOAR, which stands for Supporting Operations and Resiliency. With SOAR, the city will work with the business community, specifically larger employers, to get resources and tools, including on-site spot checks to make sure they are utilizing best practices in slowing the spread of COVID. 
    • You can monitor information for family and individual guidance or guidance for businesses posted on the City of Sioux Falls’ Coronavirus website. If you have questions for city officials, you can submit those to covid19questions@siouxfalls.org
    • The Governor’s executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home remains in effect until Monday, April 27, unless earlier revoked or amended.
    • The Governor is encouraging South Dakotans to download a voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Administration Building will now be locked. Those with key card access will still have the ability to get inside the building. Signs will be posted on the doors to direct people on who to contact for specific services.
    • The Edith Mortenson Center will also be locked. Those who need access to dining services can enter through the Morrison Commons which is open 24/7 for students who remain on campus.
  • Masks Available for AU Community: We strongly encourage those who remain on campus to wear masks. The Augustana Costume Shop is making masks for local students, faculty and staff who have the ability to pick them up when they are finished. Please email your requests to amy.meyers@augie.edu. Note: The use of masks does not replace the practice of physical distancing and cloth masks should be washed after each use.

Monday, April 20 (4:45 p.m.) 

  • Local and Global Outlook: A total of 40 counties in South Dakota have reported cases of COVID-19. Nine of those counties have substantial community spread and 16 have minimal to moderate community spread. As of Monday, April 20, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 1685 cases of COVID-19, including 787 hospitalizations and 709 who have recovered. Seven people who have tested positive for the virus, have died in South Dakota. Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported 1,500 cases of coronavirus, which makes up more than 89 percent of the total cases in the state. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (CDC) has reported more than 720,630 cases and 37,202 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
    • The City Council may review a potential Stay at Home Ordinance for the City of Sioux Falls on Tuesday, April 21, which received first round approval on April 15. If enacted, the ordinance will take effect on Friday, April 24 through Friday, May 8, for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Mayor has announced a new plan for consideration called SOAR, which stands for Supporting Operations and Resiliency. With SOAR, the city will work with the business community, specifically larger employers, to get resources and tools, including on-site spot checks to make sure they are utilizing best practices in slowing the spread of COVID. Because of the new recommendations, it has not been determined if the city will pull the Stay at Home Ordinance when it goes before the City Council or if the council will vote it down. If you have questions for city officials, you can submit those to covid19questions@siouxfalls.org. Augustana will be communicating more broadly what this means for Augustana students, staff and faculty still on campus. You can also monitor information posted on the City of Sioux Falls’ Coronavirus website.
    • The Governor’s executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home remains in effect until Monday, April 27, unless earlier revoked or amended.
    • The Governor is encouraging South Dakotans to download a voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • One-Stop Services Available for Students: If students have questions about registration, we are here to assist. Staff from the Student Success Center, Business Office, Financial Aid, International Programs Office and the Registrar are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., during virtual office hours.
    • Students should also connect with their academic advisor since only their advisor can clear them to register.
  • Masks Available for AU Community: The Augustana Costume Shop is making masks for those in need. They will be providing masks for local students, faculty and staff who have the ability to pick them up when they are finished. Please email your requests to amy.meyers@augie.edu. Thanks to Augustana parents, the university has access to a limited supply of disposable masks for students who still remain on campus. These will be distributed to students by dorm staff. Additional disposable masks are available at Campus Safety while supplies last. Note: The use of masks does not replace the practice of physical distancing and cloth masks should be washed after each use.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Friday, April 17 (4:30 p.m.)

  • Local and Global Outlook: A total of 40 counties in South Dakota have reported cases of COVID-19. Nine of those counties have substantial community spread and 16 have minimal to moderate community spread. As of Friday, April 17, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 1,411 cases of COVID-19, including 63 hospitalizations and 373 who have recovered. Seven people who have tested positive for the virus, have died in South Dakota. Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported 1,234 cases of coronavirus, which makes up more than 87 percent of the total cases in the state. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 632,000 cases and 31,071 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
    • The City Council was set to consider a Stay at Home Ordinance for the City of Sioux Falls on Tuesday, April 21. If enacted, the ordinance would have taken effect on Friday, April 24, through Friday, May 8, for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. Note: After receiving updated data from the healthcare systems, the Mayor is instead recommending to enhance the No Lingering Ordinance that is already in effect in the City of Sioux Falls. The City Council voted on Tuesday, April 7, to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to April 22. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees. If you have questions for city officials, you can submit those to covid19questions@siouxfalls.org. We will be communicating more broadly what this means for Augustana students, staff and faculty still on campus.
    • The Governor’s executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home remains in effect until Monday, April 27, unless earlier revoked or amended.
    • The Governor is encouraging South Dakotans to download a voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • Policy Change for Support Staff: During this time of uncertainty, Augustana University has updated the current Sick Leave Donating/Lending Policy to better support the needs of Support Staff employees. This policy enables hourly paid employees with more than 240 hours of sick leave to donate or lend a portion of their hours to a sick leave pool. These hours can be utilized by employees who have exhausted all forms of paid leave (sick, vacation and personal leave) and do not qualify for short- or long-term disability.
    • During this time of crisis, the current policy has been temporarily altered to fit the needs of our community. All Support Staff employees are eligible for this benefit. The limitation for those still in their 90-day probationary period has been waived through December 2020.
    • Support Staff employees who have more than 240 hours of sick leave and would like to donate or lend a portion of accumulated hours or have questions, please contact Amy Meyers at amy.meyers@augie.edu.
  • One-Stop Services Available for Students: If students have questions about registration, we are here to assist. Staff from the Student Success Center, Business Office, Financial Aid, International Programs Office and the Registrar are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., during virtual office hours.
    • Students can connect virtually through Zoom.
    • Students should also connect with their academic advisor since only their advisor can clear them to register.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Masks Available for AU Community: The Augustana Costume Shop is making masks for those in need. They will be providing masks for local students, faculty and staff who have the ability to pick them up when they are finished. Please email your requests to amy.meyers@augie.edu. Thanks to Augustana parents, the university has access to a limited supply of disposable masks for students who still remain on campus. These will be distributed to students by dorm staff. Additional disposable masks are available at Campus Safety while supplies last. Note: The use of masks does not replace the practice of physical distancing and cloth masks should be washed after each use.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Tuesday, April 14 (4:30 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Friday, April 9, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 988 cases of COVID-19, including 261 people who have recovered. Minnehaha County and Lincoln Counties have reported 823 total cases with 147 of those recovered.
    • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced this afternoon that she will not issue a shelter-in-place order for Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties.
    • Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has given notice for the City Council to consider a shelter-in-place order for the City of Sioux Falls. The first reading will take place at the City Council meeting on the evening of Wednesday, April 15, and a second reading on Tuesday, April 21. Augustana will be communicating more broadly on what that means for students, staff and faculty. The Risk Assessment Team has been outlining plans should a shelter-in-place order be issued.
    • In partnership with Feeding South Dakota, the Helpline Center, Faith Temple Food Giveaway, Corona Help Sioux Falls and the Salvation Army, a food distribution center has been set up at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-8 p.m. Register to receive food assistance.
    • In conjunction with the state of North Dakota, the Governor announced a new voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • Town Hall Meetings: Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin invited administrators, faculty, support staff and coaching staff to participate in virtual town hall meetings on Thursday, April 9. These meetings provided an opportunity to be together, ask questions and share concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on Augustana. If you missed your respective town hall session and would like to watch the recording, please contact Pam Miller.
    • Augustana Student Association Executive Leadership represented students in a virtual town hall meeting with key constituents of the university on Wednesday, April 8. Watch the full Zoom meeting (login required).
  • A number of June events and camps have been canceled. These include Summer Music Camp, ACT Prep Camp and the Autism Conference. Be sure to visit augie.edu/canceled to review an up-to-date listing as this page is frequently updated.
  • Edda, the Augustana yearbook, will not be able to feature senior portraits with diplomas in the back of the yearbook as it customarily does because there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony in May. Instead, the yearbook staff would like to create spreads featuring photos that seniors submit to the publication. Seniors can submit photos from any time over their four years at Augustana. The photos must be appropriate and include the name of every individual in the photo and the photographer. Photos can be submitted to edda@ole.augie.edu.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact your healthcare provider and stay at home for the mandated isolation period. Many insurance carriers offer telehealth (ability to talk with a healthcare provider via telecommunication technologies such as a mobile app or website). Call ahead or use telehealth options to help avoid the spread of illness. Please contact Employee Health or the Campus Clinic should you have any questions or need assistance. The following resources are available:

Please note: If employees are ill for greater than three days, please contact Employee Health at 605.274.4726 as Family Medical Leave Act rules may apply.


Friday, April 9 (5:25 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Friday, April 9, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 447 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 54 cases from the day before. One-hundred-sixty-one people have recovered from the virus and six people have died. Minnehaha County and Lincoln Counties make up nearly 69 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state with 307.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor issued a Safer at Home Executive Proclamation on Monday, April 6, that offers new guidelines for businesses and residents to follow as it relates to the virus. The Sioux Falls City Council voted on Tuesday, April 7, to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to April 22. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
    • South Dakota’s Governor has also issued an executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home for the next three weeks. The Governor also announced that all K-12 school districts in the state will finish the 2019-20 school year with online learning.
    • In conjunction with the state of North Dakota, the Governor announced a new voluntary app for South Dakotans called Care19 that will use location services to help users track where they have been within the community should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age  of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours. Please be aware that these times and locations are subject to change and will be reviewed daily as university services evolve in the coming weeks.
    • The Elmen Center is closed over Easter Break on Friday, April 10, through Monday, April 13. The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Augie Chats: While the pandemic has caused disruption in operations in the workplace, it has also caused major disruption at home with parents working from home, children doing their classes online in the home, and parents suddenly feeling like full-time substitute teachers. Faculty, staff, administrators and coaches, please join us on Tuesday, April 14, from 4-5 p.m., where Assistant Professor of Education Brad Uhing will host a virtual chat. He will share some tips and strategies with parents to help ease some of the disruption and anxiety of doing work and school at home. Register to participate.

Monday, April 6 (5 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Monday, April 6, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 288 cases of COVID-19. Ninety-one people have recovered from the virus in the state and four people have died. Minnehaha County has reported 140 cases and 24 in Lincoln County.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor issued a Safer at Home Executive Proclamation this morning that offers new guidelines for businesses and residents to follow as it relates to the virus. The Sioux Falls City Council will vote Tuesday night whether to extend the No Lingering Ordinance to April 22. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees. The ordinance is enforceable by a Class 2 misdemeanor.
    • South Dakota’s Governor has extended an executive order, formerly set to expire on May 2, to May 31. The Governor has also issued an executive order for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home for the next three weeks. All K-12 school districts in the state will finish the 2019-20 school year with online learning.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings, fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age  of 2, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
  • The Center for Campus Life will be modifying operations beginning this week. Staff who currently have offices in the Campus Life suite will be accessible remotely for virtual meetings, as well as phone or email conversations, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at campuslife@augie.edu or 605.274.5215.
    • Outside of normal business hours, Viking Advisors (VAs) On-Call are accessible via the on-call phone number posted in your area. An Assistant Director On-Call (ADOC) with Campus Safety is available for urgent needs at all times by calling 605.274.4014. If you think your needs can be met with a phone call, please provide your number to Campus Safety or on-call staff when you reach out. All on-call staff have been instructed to wear masks and exercise appropriate physical distancing when responding in person to student needs.
  • Town Hall Meetings: President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has invited administrators, faculty, support staff and coaching staff to participate in virtual town hall meetings on Thursday, April 9. These meetings are an opportunity to be together, ask questions and share concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on Augustana. Details regarding the time for each group and how to connect via Zoom have been sent to your email. Augustana Student Association Executive Leadership will represent students in a virtual town hall meeting with key constituents of the university on Wednesday, April 8.
  • Financial Implications for Students: As a reminder, CFO and Executive Vice President Shannan Nelson sent a message on March 26 to students and parents outlining the details related to housing, dining and parking rebates. By Thursday, April 9, each student will be able to see the rebate applied to their account through the student portal, and each student will have the option to a) request a refund, or b) apply the rebate as a credit to their account for next semester. Read the full message.
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Friday, April 3 (5 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Friday, April 3, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 187 cases of COVID-19 with 22 new cases in the state. Fourteen new cases have been reported in Minnehaha County, for a total of 68. Two new cases have been reported in Lincoln County, which stands at 19. Out of these 87 cases, 17 people have recovered. Both counties are considered to have substantial community spread. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 239,000 cases of COVID-19 and 5,443 deaths.
  • Town Hall Meetings: President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will be inviting administrators, faculty, support staff and coaching staff to participate in virtual town hall meetings on Thursday, April 9. These meetings are an opportunity to be together, ask questions and share concerns related to the pandemic and its impact on Augustana. Please check your email for more details regarding the time for each group and how to connect via Zoom.
  • Financial Implications and Dining Services: The Financial Aid and Business Offices continue to work through financial adjustments for each student’s aid package and bill. The Director of Campus Life has outlined specific scenarios for students regarding Spring 2020 meal plans to help them better understand individual rebate eligibility. Read the full message.
    • Any off-campus student who relies on their meal plan as a primary means for food security and would like to retain access needs to contact Corey Kopp to request an exception.
    • The Business Office is available to answer questions specific to each student’s account via email at businessoffice@augie.edu or phone at 605.274.5239.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours. Please be aware that these times and locations are subject to change and will be reviewed daily as university services evolve in the coming weeks.
    • The Augustana Bookstore will be closed until further notice. The bookstore will continue to accept orders online for delivery with free shipping, though you may experience longer shipping times than usual. Any purchases returned via shipment to the store will be processed when it reopens. The bookstore is also offering free access to eTextbooks in partnership with VitalSource for the remainder of the spring semester.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. The Elmen Center is closed on the weekends and over Easter Break on Friday, April 10, through Monday, April 13. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Human Resources hiring hold: Augustana is making adjustments to all hiring processes. As a result, there is a temporary hold on the positions listed on our website. We will pause for 30 days upon which we will re-evaluate and determine if the process will be delayed further. Application materials will continue to be accepted during this time, and AU will keep applicants informed on the status as the weeks unfold.

Thursday, April 2 (3:15 p.m.)

  • Change to Daily Updates: Augustana will adjust the frequency of the emailed updates to reflect the operational changes that have been implemented on campus regarding remote courses and work. We will provide updates to the AU community every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the exception of the next two weeks in relation to the Easter holiday. These updates will go out on Monday, April 6, and Thursday, April 9, as well as Tuesday, April 14, and Friday, April 17. (AU will be closed on Good Friday, April 10, and Easter Monday, April 13, as we observe the Easter holiday.) Please know that the Unified Command Team will continue to meet daily and the Risk Assessment Team will meet weekly to closely monitor the evolving situation related to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Thursday, April 2, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 165 cases of COVID-19 with 36 new cases in the state. Minnehaha County reported 14 new cases, for a total of 54. Six new cases have been reported in Lincoln County, which stands at 17. Out of these 71 cases, 13 people have recovered. Both counties are considered to have substantial community spread. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 213,144 cases of COVID-19 and 4,513 deaths, including two in South Dakota.
  • Counseling Services: The university understands the stress and anxiety that our campus community may be facing. If you are feeling overwhelmed we encourage students, faculty and staff to utilize these resources.
    • For Students: Augustana Counseling Services is associated with Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Counseling Services are located in the lower level of the Sioux Falls Seminary across the street from the Mikkelsen Library. Telemental health sessions are available for students not on campus. To schedule an appointment (in-person or telemental health sessions), please call 605.334.2696. Review our building hours.
    • For Faculty and Staff: Augustana University employees and their families can utilize free, confidential online and face-to-face counseling sessions (3 per year) through AETNA. Please call 1.855.283.1915 or visit mylifevalues.com (Login username and password is RESOURCES).
  • Resources: The following campus resources are available to faculty, staff and students who may need assistance or who wish to speak with someone:
  • More Resources: In an effort to help people struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged $1 million to the One Sioux Falls Fund and the Sioux Falls City Council will be considering contributing to the fund, as well. If you live in the Sioux Falls area, please consider looking to the One Sioux Falls Fund for assistance, coordinated by the Helpline Center.

Wednesday, April 1 (4:45 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Wednesday, April 1, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 129 cases of COVID-19, with nine new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 40, and six new cases in Lincoln County, which stands at 11. Out of these 51 cases, 12 people have recovered. While public parks and trails remain open, the City of Sioux Falls has closed all athletic fields to organized activities and social gatherings, dog parks, skate parks, park shelters, playground equipment, as well as park restrooms and drinking fountains. A law, passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor on March 31, postpones elections scheduled from April 14 through May 26 to any Tuesday in June, which includes the combined Sioux Falls/School Board Election scheduled for Tuesday, April 14.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to remain on campus will find information regarding adjusted hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • In cooperation with the City of Sioux Falls and to assist with physical distancing, all outdoor Augustana athletic facilities are closed until further notice. This includes athletic fields (soccer, track, baseball, softball and football). This does not include the Elmen Center — please refer to their hours of service.
  • Grading Options: Students have the option of declaring one or more of their courses as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. The Spring 2020 S/U grading policy is intended to help both students and faculty by easing the burden of transitioning to modified instruction. More information regarding the process of declaring the S/U is outlined at augie.edu/satisfactory. While we would like you to wait to declare your SU grading options, you may check out what the declaration site looks like on my.augie.edu (under the Academics tab; see the portlet on the top right). The deadline for indicating that courses students want to designate S/U is Monday, April 20. (Note: Students may elect NOT to take any courses graded S/U.)
  • Financial Implications for Students: As a reminder, CFO and Executive Vice President Shannan Nelson sent a message on March 26 to students and parents outlining the details related to housing, dining and parking rebates. By April 9, each student will be able to see the rebate applied to their account through the student portal, and each student will have the option to a) request a refund, or b) apply the rebate as a credit to your account for next semester. Read the full message.
  • Counseling Services: The university understands the stress and anxiety that our campus community may be facing. If you are feeling overwhelmed we encourage students, faculty and staff to utilize these resources.
    • For Students: Augustana Counseling Services is associated with Sioux Falls Psychological Services. Counseling Services are located in the lower level of the Sioux Falls Seminary across the street from the Mikkelsen Library. Telemental health sessions are available for students not on campus. To schedule an appointment (in-person or telemental health sessions), please call 605.334.2696. Review our building hours.
    • For Faculty and Staff: Augustana University employees and their families can utilize free, confidential online and face-to-face counseling sessions (3 per year) through AETNA. Please call 1.855.283.1915 or visit mylifevalues.com (Login username and password is RESOURCES).
  • Resources: The following campus resources are available to faculty, staff and students who may need assistance or who wish to speak with someone:

Tuesday, March 31 (5:30 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Tuesday, March 31, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 108 cases of COVID-19, with three new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 31, and one new case in Lincoln County, which stands at five. Gov. Kristi Noem announced today that South Dakota was the last state in the nation to reach 100 positive cases of COVID-19 and is 15th in the nation for the percentage of people being tested (per million). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic as most states have reported community spread of COVID-19.
  • Grading Options: Students have the option of declaring one or more of their courses as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. The Spring 2020 S/U grading policy is intended to help both students and faculty by easing the burden of transitioning to modified instruction. More information regarding the process of declaring the S/U is outlined at augie.edu/satisfactory. While we would like you to wait to declare your SU grading options, you may check out what the declaration site looks like on my.augie.edu (under the Academics tab; see the portlet on the top right). The deadline for indicating that courses students want to designate S/U is Monday, April 20. (Note: Students may elect NOT to take any courses graded S/U.)
  • Using Zoom: Communicating through Zoom has become an inviting target for uninvited or unwanted guests to join meetings. Please take the time to learn how to use meeting controls such as how to quickly block a person and remove them from a meeting. Do not post your Zoom meeting ID on a public place and use a Generated Meeting ID instead of a Personal Meeting ID. When setting up a meeting, make sure only the host can share the screen, which allows the host to grant permission for others to be able to do so. Zoom Waiting Room is another feature you may want to consider using for some meetings. When someone joins the meeting, they are put in a "waiting room" and will not be able to enter the meeting until the host grants them permission. As a reminder to faculty and staff, members of IT are available in a Zoom meeting from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please join them when you have questions. You can find a link to our Zoom meeting in the Course Continuity Guide (available to faculty and staff only). View IT’s full message for more information.
  • Edda, the Augustana yearbook, will not be able to feature senior portraits with diplomas in the back of the yearbook as it customarily does because there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony in May. Instead, the yearbook staff would like to create spreads featuring photos that seniors submit to the publication. Seniors can submit photos from any time over their four years at Augustana. The photos must be appropriate and include the name of every individual in the photo and the photographer. Photos must be submitted to edda@ole.augie.edu by Friday, April 10.

Monday, March 30 (4:25 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Monday, March 30, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 101 cases of COVID-19. Twenty-eight cases have been reported in Minnehaha County and four in Lincoln County with community spread.
  • Financial Implications for Students: Executive Vice President & CFO Shannan Nelson sent a message to students and parents last week outlining the details related to housing, dining and parking rebates. Students will be able to see the rebate applied to their account through the student portal (login required) by Thursday, April 9. Students will have the option to request a refund or apply the rebate as a credit to their account for next semester. Read the full message.
  • Example of Goodness: We all need to be reminded that even amidst a pandemic, goodness is happening all around us. In the days and weeks ahead, when you see or hear of neighbor helping neighbor, staff, faculty or students going above and beyond to help someone, small gestures of kindness that you want to share, please send them to Pamela Miller. Pam will collect stories and periodically share them in our newsletter.
  • Dining and Starbucks Hours: To help assist staff and students who remain on campus, Starbucks @ Siverson is now open from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You will find updated Dining Service hours at augie.edu/hours.

Friday, March 27 (4:45 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Friday, March 27, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 58 cases of COVID-19. Eighteen cases have been reported in Minnehaha County and two in Lincoln County with community spread. Based on this information, the Sioux Falls Board of Health passed an ordinance that has since been unanimously reaffirmed by the Sioux Falls City Council, restricting gatherings to 10 or fewer at many establishments within city limits for two weeks.
  • S/U Grading Options for Spring 2020: Students have the option of declaring one or more of their courses as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. The deadline for indicating the courses they want to designate S/U is Monday, April 20. (Note: students may elect NOT to take any courses S/U.) PLEASE do NOT submit an S/U form until you receive instructions on how to do so. The mechanism for students to declare which courses they want to keep letter graded and which to convert to S/U grading is currently being developed. Information on this process has been sent to students and is outlined by Dr. Colin Irvine at augie.edu/satisfactory.
  • Housing Update: Campus Life sent an email the evening of Thursday, March 26, to students in on-campus housing outlining the specific procedures for move-out. The procedures are also detailed on the Spring Semester Move-Out web page.
    • Only students in the most extenuating circumstances will be allowed to remain in on-campus housing. Campus Life and International Programs Office staff will be contacting students who are already approved to be on campus between now and Friday, April 3, to discuss housing plans and needs.
    • Students coming from an area currently under a “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” mandate should refrain from coming to campus. We will work with you to identify a date and time once those expectations are lifted to return to campus and retrieve your things. Campus Life will contact the students affected during the week of April 6. In the meantime, belongings will remain safely locked in their room awaiting their return.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty, staff and students will find information regarding adjusted hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and closed on the weekends. The pool will be closed the week of March 30. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.
  • Take a moment to check out the Campus Ministry Reflections blog. Senior students who had planned to give their senior sermon during these last months of spring semester, will be writing a reflection that will be posted every Friday. In addition, faculty, staff and administrators will be offering reflections in this online space. Find other ways to connect with the Augustana community through Campus Ministry, at augie.edu/worship.

Thursday, March 26 (8:15 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Thursday, March 26, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 46 (five new today) cases of COVID-19. Minnesota has reported its second virus-related death today, with 346 cases (59 new today), and has a two-week stay-at-home order beginning midnight Friday through April 10. Senator John Thune has flown home to Sioux Falls, having fallen ill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
  • Financial Implications for Students: CFO and Executive Vice President Shannan Nelson sent a message today to students and parents outlining the details related to housing, dining and parking rebates. Read the full message.
  • Housing Update: All students who live in residence halls, apartments and theme houses must vacate on-campus housing before Tuesday, April 7. Visit the Closing Information web page for details related to completing an express checkout. For the health and safety of our community, students will only be allowed to have one other person assist them in the move.
    • We are aware that there are “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders in effect in several states. Students from these areas should refrain from coming to campus. We will be reaching out to these students to arrange when they can return to campus. In the meantime, your belongings will remain safely locked in your room awaiting your return.
    • Please review the information on the Spring Semester Move-Out web page.
  • Grading Policy: Academic Affairs and the faculty are currently reviewing a policy change for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) for the Spring 2020 term. We will provide an update to the broader community on Friday, March 27.
  • Amidst the uncertainty and the disruption swirling around us, there is goodness happening everywhere. In the days and weeks ahead, when you see or hear of neighbor helping neighbor, staff, faculty or students going above and beyond to help someone, small gestures of kindness that you want to share, please send them to Pamela Miller. Pam will collect stories and periodically share them in our newsletter. We all need to be reminded that even amidst a pandemic, goodness is happening all around us.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact your healthcare provider and stay at home for the mandated isolation period. For the safety of the university community, we strongly encourage prompt notification of the following:
    • Undergraduates and graduate/professional students who are awaiting a test result or who have received a COVID-19 test result should contact Amy Meyers
    • Faculty and staff should report this information to their supervisor and Amy Meyers from the Campus Clinic.

Wednesday, March 25 (5:15 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Wednesday, March 25, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 41 known cases of COVID-19. The Governor has given a recommendation to K-12 school districts across the state to not allow students in their buildings until May 1. All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-seven states have reported some community spread with South Dakota being one of them. Iowa had its first virus-related death reported Tuesday. This afternoon, the Sioux Falls Mayor reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in Minnehaha County, as well as Lincoln County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Latest From Augustana: We will continue to deliver curriculum online for the remainder of the spring semester. Faculty and staff — most of whom will be working remotely — will continue to provide support to students through virtual meetings using online platforms (e.g., academic advising, tutoring, counseling, campus ministry, etc.). It is our intention to host a creative, virtual commencement ceremony in May to celebrate our graduates, followed this fall by special activities and recognition during Viking Days. Please look for more details in the coming weeks. View the President’s Full Message.
  • International Students: Some countries and airlines have restricted borders and canceled flights. Neighboring states such as Minnesota and Iowa have also implemented “shelter in place” orders. The window of opportunity for international students to go home may soon close, and may not re-open until this summer or beyond. For these reasons, Augustana and the International Programs Office (IPO) are recommending that international students return home as soon as they can book a flight. If students currently living on campus cannot return home for reasons due to personal safety, lack of available flights, or closed borders, they must contact the IPO in order to extend their stay. Augustana is committed to maintaining essential services such as housing, dining and campus safety for those students who are unable to return home. Please contact IPO with any questions or concerns.
  • Campus Life: We will provide students with detailed information regarding the move-out process for those living in university-owned housing by the end of the day Thursday, March 26. Over the next two weeks, we will allow students to return to campus in small shifts to retrieve their belongings and check out for the remainder of the academic year. All students who are able must leave on-campus housing and return home. We recognize that a small number of students will still need housing and dining options on campus. We will be reaching out to students who were previously approved to discuss those needs. Please do not contact us to ask about your specific move-out needs until we have provided additional details Thursday.
  • Financial Implications for Students: There have been many questions related to the various financial implications for students such as room and board, and Augustana continues to work through this complex issue. The university has been taking part in webinars and communicating with colleagues within our national organizations and at other colleges and universities trying to determine next steps. We will communicate more as this week unfolds. We thank you for your trust and patience.
  • Student/Faculty Town Halls: The Provost’s Office is coordinating a series of Town Hall meetings this week.
    • Faculty Virtual Town Hall meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26, at 5 p.m. Faculty should have received an invitation for these meetings from Jay Kahl in Academic Affairs.
    • Weekly Virtual Student Town Halls are being coordinated by the Provost’s Office in conjunction with the Augustana Student Association (ASA). Students should reach out to ASA representatives with their questions.
  • Online Tutoring: Students can now schedule and arrange virtual conversations with the tutors at augie.edu/tutoring. Students can also take advantage of walk-in Zoom meetings with Student Success Center tutors.
    • Augustana is using a vendor, WCOnline, to provide this service (view details at augie.edu/tutoring). Faculty may use a guest login to access the system and should contact Billie Streufert for more details.
  • Web Resources: New web pages have been created on the Coronavirus website with specific information for students, faculty and staff that will be updated on a daily basis. You can also find links to these pages by visiting augie.edu/faq. If you have items you would like to submit for consideration, please email news@augie.edu.
  • Midco is offering a new package called Midco Internet Basics for households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t have reliable internet access for FREE through June 15, 2020. Households should call 1.833.338.4638 and reference code MIBEDU20 to see if they qualify to receive the Education Assistance Credit.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for usage at augie.edu/hours. Please be aware these times and locations are subject to change and will be reviewed daily.

Tuesday, March 24 (5:15 p.m.) — Message from President Herseth Sandlin

Dear colleagues and students,

Uncertainty. There has been — and there continues to be — an overwhelming amount of it. When we extended spring break and then decided to modify instruction and move to online courses temporarily, we had hoped that local, regional and national projections regarding the threat and spread of COVID-19 would leave open the possibility of safely resuming in-person courses and normal university operations following the Easter holiday.

Although there is still so much we don’t know, we do know that with each passing day there are more people testing positive for the disease in South Dakota and neighboring states, and we likewise know that many of our students are from other parts of the country and the world where the spread of COVID-19 is even more severe. Predictive models, cited by Governor Kristi Noem earlier this week, indicate that the potential peak of the virus in South Dakota will be in late May or early June.

In such an uncertain environment, yet with such stark predictions and trends reflected in the public health analysis to date, we have made the difficult decision for Augustana faculty to continue delivering curriculum online to students for the remainder of the spring semester. Together with dedicated colleagues across campus — most of whom will be working remotely — we also will continue to provide other services to students through virtual meetings using online platforms (e.g., academic advising, tutoring, counseling, campus ministry, etc.). It is our intention to host a creative, virtual commencement ceremony in May to celebrate our graduates, followed this fall by special activities and recognition during Viking Days.

I know this decision is disappointing to hear, even if you started to anticipate that such a decision was likely, but we assure you that we are exercising our best judgment based on what we know today. Above all else, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our entire Augie community while doing our best to think through the weeks ahead and work through short-term institutional implications.

Consequently, with the support of Board leadership we’ve determined that it’s best, on balance, to eliminate at least some of the uncertainty that our students, staff and families are currently facing by making a decision about the semester at this time, in the hopes of diminishing some of the anxiety that can result from a wait-and-see approach. We are committed to fulfilling our educational mission, albeit through non-traditional means, in service to students and the university community each remaining day of the semester.

Just as with prior decisions and recent announcements, this message will prompt many questions related to coursework and exams, timing of refunds or credits for housing and meal plans, work study and campus employment, the retrieval of personal belongings from campus, specifics regarding commencement, priorities and planning for student organizations, and many more. I assure you that dedicated and hard-working faculty and administrators are sharing and analyzing extraordinary amounts of information to drive decisions, answer questions, and exchange innovative ideas for ensuring continued student learning and for facilitating effective student engagement over the next two months.

I respectfully request your understanding, support and patience over the next three days — everyone is working as hard as we can. There are many details and specifics to finalize and communicate, and we look forward to answering your questions, reaching out with more information, and responding to your needs. More information and updates will follow this message tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. In addition to emails that you will receive, please continue to check augie.edu/coronavirus.

Certainty. That Augustana is committed to our students’ success. That there will be lasting positives in the midst of this abrupt change. That this shared experience will deepen and strengthen relationships. That imagination, ingenuity and compassion will save lives.

Thank you, and may God’s love light the way,

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
President


Monday, March 23 (5 p.m.)

  • Global and Local Outlook: While there have been no reported cases on Augustana’s campus, as of today the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 28 known cases of COVID-19. The Governor has signed an executive order that provides guidelines for the entire state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates the United States nationally is in the initiation phase of the pandemic. States in which community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase and increased social distancing measures are being stressed to the entire U.S. population. Globally, measures continue to be enacted to prevent further transmission. The International Olympic Committee announced today that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed.
  • Financial Implications for Students: There have been many questions related to the various financial implications for students such as room and board, and Augustana continues to work through this complex issue. Our teams have been taking part in webinars and communicating with colleagues within our national organizations and at other colleges and universities trying to determine next steps. We will communicate more as this week unfolds. We thank you for your trust and patience.
  • Campus Services: Dean of Students Mark Blackburn sent a message to students on Friday, March 20 regarding available services and how best to access them such as tutoring, advising and counseling.
  • Web Resources: New web pages have been created on the Coronavirus website with specific information for students, faculty and staff. You can also find links to these pages by visiting augie.edu/faq. As this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, please know that information will be updated every day and the campus community should check these pages regularly. If you have items you would like to submit for consideration, please email news@augie.edu.
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours. Please be aware that these times and locations are subject to change and will be reviewed daily as university services evolve in the coming weeks.
    • The Augustana Bookstore will be temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, March 24, thru Monday, April 6. The bookstore will continue to accept orders online for delivery with free shipping, though you may experience longer shipping times than usual. Any purchases returned via shipment to the store will be processed when it reopens. The bookstore is also offering free access to eTextbooks in partnership with VitalSource for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Online Tutoring: Students can now schedule and arrange virtual conversations at augie.edu/tutoring. Augustana is using a vendor, WCOnline, to provide this service. Faculty may use a guest login to access the system. Please contact Jay Kahl for more details. Students can also take advantage of walk-in Zoom meetings with Success Center tutors.

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