Campus Update — November 16

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

  • 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 haver recovered. For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases reported to AU, please visit the 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 or within our Viking Flex Plan Frequently Asked Questions.