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Coronavirus Update: 03/05/2021 3:00 p.m.

Start Date

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 1:40 PM CST

End Date

Monday, May 31, 2021 12:30 AM CDT


Updated: 03/05/2021
Official Decision Timeline

DSU Coronavirus information

See the following FAQ pages for questions specific to your situation.

FREE COVID Saliva testing event

DSU will be offering FREE COVID Saliva Testing on March 14-16 for students, faculty, and staff. No appointment is necessary. The testing location is the lower level of the Trojan Center, and times include:

  • Sunday, March 14, 3-7 p.m.
  • Monday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please bring your valid DSU ID and your smart phone. DO NOT eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum/tobacco 30 minutes prior to the test. Students will receive $10 in Trojan Silver for taking the saliva test.

Information for Campus Visitors - Visiting Campus Protocols

  • Schedule an appointment before visiting campus.
  • DSU is currently observing Level 3 Face Covering Protocol, which entails face coverings required in all public indoor spaces on campus.
  • Be mindful of all directional signs, entrances/exits of buildings, hand sanitizing stations, and social distancing.
  • Do not visit campus if you are ill, exhibit any symptoms for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation.

Vaccine Distribution

As COVID-19 vaccines are approved and become available, Dakota State will work with the state Department of Health, and local healthcare and emergency management organizations to develop and implement the best methods for our faculty, staff, and students to receive the vaccine. For the time being:

  • Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on campus until further notice.
  • We will continue using the alternating-team approach for employees.
  • We will continue using the contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols we have been using when employees or students have been exposed or test positive.
  • The vaccine will not be required at this time.
  • For more information on vaccinations, check the DoH vaccination link.

SD State COVID-19 Hotline

DSU Coronavirus Update – Plans for Academic Year 2020-2021

SPRING 2021 -- On October 7, 2020, the South Dakota Board of Regents voted to proceed with the Spring 2021 semester as originally planned. Classes will begin Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, and conclude Friday, May 7, 2021. Spring break will be observed March 8-12. In addition, each university will observe official holidays on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18), Presidents Day (Feb. 15), and there will be no classes on Good Friday (April 2).

Considering the continued risk of exposure throughout the United States and in the interest of public safety, the SDBOR and Dakota State University will continue with the following actions:

  • Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on campus until further notice. This applies to all students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors. This action is part of a four-tiered approach regarding face coverings; these levels will be used to react quickly to adjust campus operations as necessary, depending on community spread or other special circumstances at individual campuses. Learn more details of the Board of Regents Face Covering Protocol, along with Enforcement Protocols. If students or employees need special accommodations, students should contact Student Affairs, and employees should contact HR.
  • Employees have returned to the workplace using a phased-in, alternating teams approach. This will continue until further notice. Offices remain open and faculty and staff can be reached via telephone or email.

SDDOH dashboards for higher education and K-12

On August 25, the SD Department of Health announced it would post weekly, aggregated COVID-positive information for higher education and K-12. This DOH information will be updated, based on DOH positive case reports, every Monday by noon.

Coronavirus Preventative actions

Preventative actions recommended by the CDC are:

  • View disinfected measures and frequencies. (08/17/2020)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Suggestions and instructions to make masks can be found here.
  • If you begin exhibiting respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) within 14 days of returning from travel to a Level 3 country, you should contact your health care provider. 
  • View current list of Level 3 countries.

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