05/01/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Hector Montemayor-Perez
Senior News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported two new COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive cases in Hays County, bringing the total amount of active cases to 67.

There have been 99 recovered cases in Hays County, with 15 tests pending results. Currently there are five individuals hospitalized in Hays County due to COVID-19.

Texas State is moving forward with resuming in-person teaching during their second summer session beginning July 6. These policies will also be expected to carry out throughout the fall 2020 semester. 

According to Texas State President Denise Trauth although in-person teaching will resume, there will be adjustments made to maintain the safety of students and staff during the pandemic.

“As we anticipate returning to face-to-face instruction for summer II classes and the fall semester, we are working to adapt university operations to ensure we have a safe, healthy learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff,” President Trauth said. “When we return to in-person instruction, we are preparing to operate in a very different environment.”

That environment includes five new work groups composed of university faculty and staff subject matter experts who will drive the actions of Texas State.

Those work groups are:

  • Continuity of Education will make recommendations regarding instructional delivery and explore scenarios related to face-to-face delivery.
  • Health, Safety and Wellness will develop process and protocols to mitigate risks and ensure a healthy community environment.
  • Continuity of Housing will address the return of students living on the San Marcos Campus.
  • Continuity of Research will develop a plan to safely resume research activities.
  • Faculty and Staff Morale will address employee needs and well-being.

Recommendations from the work groups will be reviewed by the President’s Cabinet by June 15, and a university plan will be ready to be implemented on July 1.

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