Senior leaders approved a new policy effective Aug. 21 for student social gatherings. Whether on- or off-campus, students attending social gatherings must comply with the university's face covering mandate and physical distancing guidelines. It will be enforced through the student code of conduct; violators will be subject to university discipline, including suspension.
Information technology has added an email notification for university Microsoft Outlook accounts only (not CyMail) for mail originating at free services like Hotmail, Gmail and others. It warns recipients and provides a link to information about phishing (cyber attack) attempts.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a guiding light for disease surveillance of U.S. food animals, is shining in new ways after adding COVID-19 testing to the services it offers. Access to quick testing, with results available within 24 hours, has been key to the university’s pandemic response.
From Aug. 1 to Aug. 23, Thielen Student Health Center tested 1,849 people with symptoms or contact with individuals with COVID-19, with 8.8% testing positive. During the first week of classes, 13.6% of the 957 students, faculty and staff tested were positive. Among the 10,683 tests July 1-Aug. 23, including move-in testing of all on-campus students, the positivity rate was 3.4%. Weekly reports will be released every Monday.
ISU alumna Lisa Bulkow played a key role in helping Alaska, her home state, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was part of a team that helped advise the Alaskan governor on measures to save lives and flatten the curve.