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September 18, 2020

A summary of university updates related to COVID-19

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University continues to provide updates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of announcements from Sept. 14-18. 

Read a full list of communications related to COVID-19

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. Content that has been added this week includes FAQ on how final exams should be scheduled for online classes, what information the university shares about positive COVID-19 cases and what an instructor can share regarding someone in class who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact. FAQ also have been added or updated to clarify enhanced cleaning procedures in classrooms, teaching labs and other workspaces as well as K-State’s role in contact tracing and the potential use of seating charts for contact tracing.

The COVID-19 compliance survey results are available.
The results from the second COVID-19 compliance survey for faculty and staff are available and have been updated in an accessible PDF that includes the comments. The compliance survey will be administered every two weeks through the fall semester. 

The university continues to track and evaluate COVID-19 data in our community.
Every week, K-State is updating the online dashboard that tracks COVID-19 data in university-connected communities

K-State has partnered with the Riley County Health Department to expand contact tracing.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Lafene Health Center began conducting contact tracing and disease investigation for students living on the Manhattan campus and for student-athletes. 

Lafene Health Center is offering COVID-19 testing at no charge for students, faculty and staff.
Lafene Health Center is providing access to symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at no charge to K-State students, faculty and staff. The COVID-19 test must be ordered by a licensed medical provider. 

Read reminders on the university's face coverings and physical distancing policies.
K-State continues to require face coverings on campuses and encourages everyone in the university community to continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing off campus, too.

Workshops are available through Counseling Services.
Counseling Services is offering workshops to students who have access to Zoom and currently live in Kansas. The workshops may be especially helpful for people dealing with quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.