hovey hall

Illinois State University officials are sending weekly coronavirus updates to the ISU community. The Office of the President is located in Hovey Hall on the east side of Illinois State University's quad. 

Illinois State University officials sent out their weekly COVID-19 update Thursday evening with announcements.

This week's email includes, but is not limited to, encouragement for students to receive a flu shot and any students with in-person and hybrid classes to get tested for COVID-19.

Dashboard remodeled

Illinois State University has substantially updated its COVID-19 response page, also known as its Campus Case Tracker dashboard.

“The [update] is intended to provide more information in a user-friendly format,” said university officials in the email.

New information includes the number of cases recovered and the percent of on-campus quarantine and isolation beds in use among other details.

Change to testing locations

Starting Monday, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the temporary building in the parking lot between Watterson Towers and Stevenson Hall as opposed to its original location in the Bone Student Center.

Testing will continue from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the former fire station at 602 N. Adelaide St. in Normal.

Testing for students in face-to-face and hybrid courses

Starting Monday, all students enrolled in either face-to-face or hybrid courses will be randomly selected to be tested for COVID-19.

ISU’s Student Health Services has already begun COVID-19 screening to limit the spread of the virus on campus.

Flu shot clinic

ISU will hold a free flu-shot clinic in the Bone Student Center’s Brown Ballroom all next week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Masks are required and students must have their Redbird ID.

Appointments can be made online via the student health portal or by calling (309) 438-2778. Flu shots are also available via scheduled appointments from Student Health Services anytime.

An agreement between ISU and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to bring U of I’s saliva-based testing system to campus is still in the works, per University Testing Coordinator John Baur.

Other new information about Peer Academic Coaches, the university’s laptop loaner program and other technology assistance, were included in the university’s weekly update.

JOHN MURRAY is a News Reporter at The Vidette. He can be contacted at jwmurr1@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @Jmurr_ 

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