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- Follow the current protocol indicated at Masks on Campus.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze (with a tissue or into your sleeve).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand gel).
- Stay home if you are sick.
- S.D. Department of Health: Precautions to Avoid Illness
All members of the Northern State University community (students, faculty, and staff) are asked to self-monitor daily for COVID-19 by:
- Using this self-monitoring tool each morning and night
- Using the CARE19 app that allows for contact tracing should you be diagnosed with the virus
common covid-19 symptoms
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, contact 911 immediately.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Symptoms may change; for the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC website.
- General questions about COVID-19 may be directed to the South Dakota COVID-19 information line: 1-800-997-2880.
At-Home Testing - At-home COVID-19 testing is now available at no cost to South Dakota residents.
Care19 Contact Tracing App - FAQs about a location tracking app for your mobile device that will help the S.D. Department of Health understand and predict infection rates
South Dakota Department of Health infographic - Walks you through the steps you need to take in different exposure situations related to Covid-19
Employee Assistance Program - For faculty or staff who may be struggling with the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic
The South Dakota Board of Regents has adopted a face covering protocol mandating the use of masks at Northern State University and the other five public universities. Learn more about the protocol, which applies to all students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, at Masks on Campus.
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces, according to CDC Social Distancing.
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Spaces on campus have been assigned maximum capacities, and all groups are expected to abide by these parameters. Groups are also expected to follow social distancing guidelines.
All Northern State University full-time students who have symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested at NSU’s on-campus Avera Health Services. Please call 605-622-8690 (8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). After hours contact Avera St. Luke’s at 605-622-8690 or download the AveraNOW app (App Store, Google Play) to connect with a provider 24/7. Or, call your healthcare provider for testing. Students who are not sure whether their exposure or symptoms qualify them for testing should call NSU Avera Health Services to be screened for testing.
Students who have an appointment for testing with NSU Avera Health Services to be tested for COVID-19 should double mask before leaving their residence, make no stops, and touch as few surfaces as possible on their way to NSU Avera Health Services on the second floor of the NSU Avera Student Center in room Student Center 239. When you arrive, follow the directions and push the doorbell. An Avera screener will respond and will screen you before you enter.
The Abbott ID Now test is a simple nasal swab.
At this time, Northern State University full-time students are not charged for COVID-19 testing in NSU’s Avera Health Services.
Results are typically known within 15 minutes. See https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/product-and-innovation/detect-covid-19-in-as-little-as-5-minutes.html
If you test positive for COVID-19 at NSU Avera Health Services, you will immediately receive instructions on your next steps, whether you live on campus or off campus. To slow the spread of COVID-19, please return to your residence and call the NSU Dean of Students at 605-626-3007 immediately so we can walk you through quarantine options, help contact your faculty, instigate deep cleaning of spaces where you have had contact, and provide you the support you need.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you test negative for COVID-19 at NSU Avera Health Services, the healthcare provider will draw a second COVID-19 sample and send it to Avera labs for confirmation of a negative test. To slow the spread of COVID-19, please return to your residence and quarantine until you receive the results of your second test. Please call the NSU Dean of Students at 605-626-3007 immediately so we can help contact your faculty, instigate deep cleaning of spaces where you have had contact, and provide you the support you need. Once you receive the results of your second test, please call the NSU Dean of Students immediately at 605-626-3007 to update the office on your test results and plan your next steps.
Contact NSU Avera Health Services at 605-626-7694 for further testing or instructions (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday). After hours contact Avera St. Luke’s at 605-622-8690 or download the AveraNOW app to connect with a provider 24/7. Or, call your healthcare provider for further testing or instructions.
General Health Questions
All members of the Northern State University community (students, faculty and staff) are asked to maintain the health of the campus community by staying at home and taking care of themselves if they have symptoms of or are diagnosed with Covid-19. Please follow the steps at What If I Get Sick?
Please see Isolation or Quarantine.
If you are away from campus due to your own illness, we ask that you continue to self-quarantine until cleared by a healthcare provider or until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours AND
- All other Covid-19 related symptoms have improved AND
- At least 10 days have passed since your Covid-19 related symptoms first appeared
If you are away from campus due to your potential exposure to the virus and have been asked to self-quarantine:
- Employees are asked to follow the directive of your supervisor, Human Resources and your healthcare provider.
- Students are asked to follow the directive of the NSU Dean of Student Affairs and your healthcare provider.
Please see Procedures to Address Confirmed Cases on Campus.
Please see Who Will Be Notified at What If I Get Sick?
Except for circumstances in which Northern is required to report occurrences of communicable disease, the confidentiality of medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical under the circumstances. Northern reserves the right to inform other employees and/or students that an unnamed person on campus has been diagnosed with Covid-19 if the other employees/students may have been exposed to the disease so that measures can be taken to protect their health.
Yes, support resources are still available for incidents of sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and domestic and dating violence. To report incidents please use this reporting form. If you need immediate assistance, call 911. During normal business hours, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 605-626-3007.
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