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Dear Campus Community,

USD continues to update our Case Management Dashboard to provide information about COVID-19 case trends on campus. Today, USD reported 37 current active cases.

It is imperative that our community members continue to make safe decisions this weekend. South Dakota is in a crisis situation, with our daily COVID-19 cases per capita climbing far above the national average. Please remember that our actions impact the health and well-being of our whole community. Wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing are essential every day – including Halloween. Especially with students traveling back to their home communities soon for the holidays, we cannot ease our efforts to #ProtectThePack this weekend or in the weeks that follow.

We encourage you to choose activities that accommodate for physical distancing and require masks. Here are just a few events to choose from:

  • Thursday at 5 p.m. – The Campus Activities Board is hosting a craft night for students tomorrow evening in the MUC and will be showing Hocus Pocus at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday at 5 p.m. – Families with elementary students can participate in drive-thru trick-or-treating in the DakotaDome parking lot on Oct. 29 from 5-6 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. – Students can watch a free movie at Vermillion Theaters, courtesy of Student Services.

We also want to thank the volunteers who participated in the USD Sentinel Testing program yesterday. We saw a great turnout, and we have 50 more slots open today for no-cost volunteer testing. We continue to randomly select students, faculty and staff to get tested; this week, President Gestring received an invitation and did her part to #ProtectThePack. If you are interested in volunteering for this test or if you received an invitation and are willing to participate, please report to Sanford Vermillion drive-thru testing at the Ambulance Bay on Walker Street today between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Getting tested is an important step you can take to assist the university and our local health care system in our efforts to make the USD campus a safer place.

Thank you for choosing safe activities and doing your part to protect others. If you test positive for COVID-19, we encourage you to self-report by sending an email to COVID19@usd.edu. You can also contact us with questions about USD’s response to the pandemic. For more information and to access resources, visit usd.edu/COVID19.

COVID-19 Task Force