A Message from President Denise M. Trauth

Monday, December 27, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday break, with time to relax and enjoy family and friends.

Throughout the break, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco has been monitoring COVID-19 transmission and infection data, especially related to the Omicron variant.  This new variant is spreading rapidly and causing infections even in vaccinated persons.  After discussion with Dr. Carranco and the President’s Cabinet, the university requests that all Texas State University students, faculty, and staff get tested for COVID-19 before returning to our campuses for the spring semester.  COVID-19 PCR or antigen tests may be used -- including at-home antigen tests.  Testing should be performed within 72 hours (3 days) prior to returning to our campuses.

Similar to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester, students living in on-campus housing and Bobcat Village Apartments will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to move-in to help keep themselves and our community safe. The Department of Housing and Residential Life will be communicating directly with residents with instructions for providing test results.

The Omicron variant is proving to be highly contagious, and often those infected exhibit no symptoms or only mild cold or flu-like symptoms. Individuals who have been vaccinated and received a booster are the most protected but can still contract the virus. It is critical that we protect our university community by taking the steps we know work to mitigate the spread -- get vaccinated and boosted if eligible, get tested, report positive results to Bobcat Trace, and wear a mask, especially when indoors in crowded spaces.

To find free COVID-19 testing sites near you, check Curative Testing or TX COVID-19 Testing Sites. All testing sites on or near the San Marcos and Round Rock Campuses will be open on January 3, 2022. The LBJ Student Center MD Diagnostic COVID-19 Testing site will reopen on December 29, 2021, and individuals can register for a test online or walk up for testing. All persons testing positive should isolate, identify close contacts, and report to Bobcat Trace.

As I mentioned in my December 10, 2021, email to the university community, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide a formal update regarding course delivery, university operations, and health and safety measures during the week of January 3, 2022.

I appreciate your partnership in keeping our community safe and well. I wish you the very best in 2022.
Denise M. Trauth