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COVID-19

Texas State University System institutions have implemented enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. They are also working closely with state and local health agencies to ensure health care facilities have adequate space and resources to care for COVID patients. Learn more about what each TSUS member institution is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the links below.

Lamar University
Sam Houston State University
Sul Ross State University
Texas State University
Lamar Institute of Technology
Lamar State College Orange
Lamar State College Port Arthur

Please see the following for more information:

Travel Advisory: Click here for U.S. Department of State

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.
  • Additional information from the CDC, visit here.

What preventive actions can students take during flu season?

  • Everyone six months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It is highly recommended that students and employees continue to practice preventive actions as flu season continues. If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

  • COVID-19 has been shown to spread between people. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. Human coronaviruses typically spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.

  • 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.

  • Currently, there is not a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • CDC advises that people follow these tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.