August 21, 2020
A summary of university updates related to COVID-19
Kansas State University continues to provide updates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of announcements from Aug. 17-21.
Come back, 'Cats.
Updates continue to be posted on the COVID-19 website, which includes guidance and frequently asked questions about the return to university campuses. Guidance and FAQ content that has been updated recently includes the testing section with information about the expanded testing available for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Additional clarifying language about the definition of a close contact and associated protocols was added to the contact tracing and COVID-19 exposure protocol sections. Additional updates have been posted throughout the website.
K-State leaders urge personal responsibility.
In an Aug. 18 letter, President Richard Myers, Provost Charles Taber and Vice President for Student Life Thomas Lane urge all K-Staters to do what it takes to protect our fellow Wildcats.
Two new COVID-19 outbreaks have been identified in Riley County.
The Riley County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified two more COVID-19 outbreaks in Riley County; one involves a fraternity.
Read a welcome back message for students.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Thomas Lane welcomes students to the fall 2020 semester and provides reminders about Every Wildcat A Wellcat and COVID-19 adjustments on campuses.
The results from the COVID-19 mitigation behavior student survey are available.
As part of K-State's Every Wildcat A Wellcat initiative, the Office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students shared results from a student survey to assess their likelihood of engaging in COVID-19 disease mitigation behaviors.
Learn more about close contacts and contact tracing.
All K-Staters should understand what a close contact is and the need to self-quarantine and self-monitor if you are a close contact.
K-State will have reduced capacity during the 2020 football season.
K-State received approval from the Riley County Commission to open Bill Snyder Family Stadium to approximately 25% capacity this fall for Wildcat football games. Learn more in an Aug. 18 update from Athletics Director Gene Taylor.
Every Wildcat A Wellcat kits will be available for employees.
To support the health and well-being of faculty and staff, Every Wildcat A Wellcat kits have been purchased for employees and will soon be available for distribution.
Recreational Services continues its phased reopening.
Phase 2 began Monday, Aug. 17, and includes changes as the Recreational Services Complex reopens. The Outdoor Rental Center reopened Thursday, Aug. 20.
Other campus units and programs have reopened with adjusted services.
Cats' Cupboard in 9 Fairchild Hall has reopened for drop-in visits. JP's Sports Grill and Union Station by JP's Gastropub also have reopened with additional sanitation procedures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.