Campus Update — September 7

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.