Updates on Coronavirus

Augustana is monitoring and responding to the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. This page provides information that is regularly updated for the campus community, including AU's preparedness and response, guidance for travelers, and links to important resources.

Latest COVID-19 Weekly Update: May 24

Vaccination Reporting: January 15

Latest COVID-19 Update to Students: March 12

Viking Flex Plan 2020

Past Updates

As a reminder, there have been no identified COVID-19 cases in South Dakota, and the risk to Augustana's campus remains low. Augustana’s campus clinic staff and others have been working closely with Sanford Health to implement enhanced screening, prevention and control measures.

  • As of Monday, March 2: AU-sponsored international travel during spring break will proceed as planned. As of right now, the courses slated for Spring Break 2020 are countries with little to no exposure to coronavirus. Student health and safety abroad is our foremost concern; we will continue to monitor the rapidly changing developments across the globe prior to and during international travel courses. Although the risk to Augustana's campus is low, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation with respect to COVID-19. Augustana's campus clinic staff, campus clinic nurse practitioner and others have been working closely with Sanford Health resources to implement enhanced screening, prevention and control measures. It's important to keep in mind the facts regarding COVID-19 to avoid stigma and discrimination towards those whose home countries are signficantly impacted, and the CDC has provided resources on this topic.

  • As of Friday, Feb. 28; The disease has now been detected in 57 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.

Travel Alerts

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid ALL international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued multiple travel alerts.

S.D. Coronavirus updates

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to monitor the emergence of the novel coronavirus. ► View updates.

About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, some person to person spread has been documented, but it appears close sustained contact is required for person to person spread. The latest situation summary updates are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) web page Coronavirus Disease 2019.

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the seasonal flu. This is also the time of year when we typically see a rise in cases of seasonal flu. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is recommended that anyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot, and especially people with chronic medical conditions who are at high-risk for flu-related complications. View information regarding how to get a flu shot at Augustana and what to do if you think you have influenza.

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Individuals who are in these high risk categories should consult their physician about prevention and protection measures.

Steps to prevent spread of respiratory viruses

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus is to avoid exposure. However, there are everyday preventive actions recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What to do if you think you have been exposed

  • Monitor any cold-like symptoms for severity.
  • If you have a temperature, please seek medical care and practice preventive actions.

Augustana’s Sanford Campus Clinic is open to students Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • The clinic is located in the lower level of Solberg Hall and is staffed by a Registered Nurse (no copay) and Clinical Nurse Practitioner (insurance/copay applies).
  • To schedule an appointment, call 605.274.5552 or please report your condition by email at: goodhealth@augie.edu.

Quick Links

  • Transmission: Information about how the Coronavirus Disease is thought to be spreading from ill people to others.
  • Symptoms: Describes signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
  • Prevention & Treatment: Tips on protecting yourself from respiratory illnesses.
  • What the Public Should Do: Information for the public about what they should do and what they should not do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • What to Do if You Are Sick: Information for people are sick with or caring for someone with COVID-19.