The Texas State University System is working with member institutions to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and is implementing proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of students and employees in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Learn more about what each TSUS member institution is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the links below.
What are symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
For the vast majority of people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild (like a cold or flu) and they resolved after several days. Flu like symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.
What happens to students attending a TSUS institution if there is a confirmed case on campus?
If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, then Centers for Disease Control protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the local health department.
What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
Contact your medical provider.
Where can I find updated information?
Department of State Health Services updates, visit here.
Information from the CDC about the COVID-19, visit here.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page.
COVID-19 is not the same coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, but is similar in that it is causing respiratory illness.
People who are infected with COVID-19 have developed mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and potentially respiratory distress. There are many types of illnesses that can cause these types of respiratory symptoms. Individuals who have these symptoms and have had traveled to Wuhan, China or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be medically evaluated.
Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. The COVID-19 strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.