Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:55 PM
To: FACULTY; STAFF
Subject: Campus Update
As you may know, student athletes began returning to SAU on Monday, July 6. All of these early returning athletes were tested for COVID-19 prior to campus admittance Monday morning and were retested on Thursday, July 9.
Among the 107 athletes and athletic staff tested, two athletes and two staff members tested positive for the virus. As of this afternoon, none of these individuals were symptomatic.
Following SAU procedures, the student athletes are isolated in campus housing specifically dedicated to COVID-19 management. Staff members are isolated at home. Among the seven athletes identified as close contacts, three remain quarantined on campus and four returned home to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Please know, that I am very proud of our team of dedicated staff at SAU and all the work they have done over the past five days. We have been planning for these scenarios since March and we continue to monitor and follow guidance from the
Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC. The SAU University Health Services office, the University Housing office, the Athletic Department, and the Risk Management Task Force have procedures and protocols in place that allowed us to respond quickly to these situations.
As we continue to slowly bring some of students leaders back to campus, and eventually our entire student body over the next few weeks, we will continue to take the action needed to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible.
Thank you all for your continued vigilance to keep yourself, our colleagues, and our students safe.
All the best –