ANNOUNCEMENT:

On June 3, 2020

Due to demand and an ability to respond to that demand, Wake County Public Health has added several testing slots and dates to its COVID-19 testing efforts for at-risk groups.

On Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, testing has been expanded to accommodate up to 250 people per day at the Wake County Commons Building, located at 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The testing, which will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., is free, but people must follow a three-step process to claim their spot.

  • Step 1: Select the time slot that works best for their schedule by clicking on the “Sign Up” button here for the date they’d like to be tested.
  • Step 2: Complete this registration form.
  • Step 3: Print the completed registration form or have it saved in an email for access at the testing site.

Tests are reserved for those who:

  • Have COVID-like symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and loss of smell;
  • Have been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19;
  • Are healthcare workers or first responders;
  • Work in high-risk settings like long-term care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters;
  • Are 65 years old or older;
  • Have underlying health conditions;
  • Are a member of a vulnerable or historically marginalized population; or
  • Are a frontline worker in a setting where social distancing is difficult.

Testing began at the Wake County Commons Building on Monday. As of Wednesday morning, Wake County staff have tested 455 people.

“Drive-thru testing provides a great opportunity to offer testing to people who may not have access elsewhere,” said Chris Kippes, Wake County Public Health Division director. “It’s a streamlined process—we can move a lot of people through quickly and maintain a safe environment for our workers and patients.”

Candidates who fit the criteria for drive-thru testing should visit our website to schedule an appointment. By selecting a specific 30-minute window of time for testing, residents will avoid long lines and help the process flow smoothly for everyone.

The last day for testing at the Wake County Commons Building will be Friday, June 5.

On Sunday, June 7, the Wake County Public Health team will resume testing at its second testing site at the Southern Regional Center, located at 271 Bramblehill Drive in Fuquay-Varina. Testing here will also be free, but will also require people to follow the same three-step sign-up process mentioned above.

Wake County Public Health plans to offer additional testing opportunities at different locations throughout the county at least through June. Updated information will be shared at covid19.wakegov.com/testing.

In addition to Wake County testing sites, several community partners are offering tests. To find a testing site near you, click here.

Staying Updated
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask questions about COVID-19.

The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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CARES ACT FUNDS

MAY 2, 2020

1.  SAU has signed and returned the certification and Agreement to the US Department of Education, and SAU intends to use 50% of the funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to the students.
2.  The total amount of funds received by SAU for the emergency financial aid grants is $725,019.
3.  The total that has been distributed to the students is $666,086.
4.  The total number of students eligible to receive the emergency aid grants is 821.
5.  The total number of students that have received the emergency aid grants is 739.
6.  The method used to determine which students will receive and how much each student will receive. View table below.

CARES Act Disbursement Summary
Type No. of students Per Student Total to Disburse
Pell Students 595 $950 $565,250
Non-Pell Students 226 $707 $159,782
Total 821 $725,032
Total Pell (595 students) $565,250
Total Non-Pell (226 students) $159,782
Total Disbursement (821 students) (coming soon) $725,032
Total Cares Act Funding $725,019
Total SAU (Unrestricted) Funding $13

7.  Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided to the students by the university. 

CARES Act Message from the Division of Business and Administration

How the CARES Act/Stimulus Funding is Used

COVID-19 UPDATE LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

JUNE 24, 2020

OTHER COVID-19 RELATED UPDATES

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

Our COVID-19 Response Plan includes the implementation and deployment of the following resources and actions:

  • Emergency Response Team
  • Community Information System (RAVE emergency alert system, SMS text capability, email, SAU App, and social media communication)
  • Domestic and International Travel Restrictions
  • Procedures for residential students and food services
  • Routine and enhanced environmental cleaning procedures for campus sanitation
  • Plan for potential campus closure, which includes shifting to on-line teaching and learning

This plan will take effect on March 11, 2020 and will remain in effect for 60 days. It will be reassessed in 30 days.

ON-CAMPUS, RESIDENTIAL, AND TRAVEL POLICIES AND RESTRICTIONS:

 

  1. All students planning to travel in restricted and non-restricted areas in the United States or abroad, must notify the Dean of Students by registering by clicking Student Travel Documentation. The restricted areas will be posted as recommended and/or declared by the Centers for Disease Control.
  2. Upon return to campus you must provide a medical clearance document from a physician at your own expense before returning to the residential community. This document must state that you are asymptomatic (i.e. not exhibiting symptoms) of the coronavirus or the flu.
  3. If a faculty member, a staff member, or a student has signs or symptoms of the Influenza or COVID-19 they are not to return to the University. They need to seek medical attention and report the diagnostic results to the Joseph G. Gordon HealthCenter staff before returning.
  4. If a student begins to have symptoms after returning to the University, we will follow the protocol recommended by Wake County Health Services.
  5. All University-related international travel is prohibited.
  6. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  7. All University-related non-essential out-of-state domestic travel is restricted and not permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  8. We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel.
  9. We strongly discourage any non-essential meetings or events of 20 people or more.
  10. Social distancing is strongly encouraged in all situations. As defined by the CDC, social distancing means avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6feet) from others when possible.
  11. Anyone who returns or arrives to campus from a location with a CDC level 3 travel warning for COVID-19, must completely be cleared for infection at their own expense at least 48 hours before your return/arrival to campus and self-isolate. Self-isolation means:
  • Remain at your residence
  • Do not attend class, work, and other group gatherings such as:
    • Social events
    • Meetings
    • Rehearsals
    • Team practices, etc.

If this presents logistical challenges, please contact the Dean of Students office. Most self-isolations will last 14 days.

ILLNESS PREVENTION TIPS

Saint Augustine’s University encourages the campus community to follow the CDC guidelines for illness prevention. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. 

 

Additional Health Tip:

Please have a thermometer on hand to monitor your temperature in case you develop a fever and also check with your physician or pharmacy on which type of medication you should take to reduce your fever, should you develop a fever.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL COVID-19

How does coronavirus spread?

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Should I wear a mask?

The use of face masks for COVID-19 is recommended only for those people who are ill in order to protect others. There are no recommendations for their use by the general public in preventing infection.

The person next to me in class is coughing and sneezing. What should I do?

In order to protect yourself from any illness, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are ill. If you are unable to attend class, work with your professor directly on absences due to illness.

What steps are being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus?

Currently, there are no cases of coronavirus on campus. SAU has extensive plans in place for handling communicable diseases of concern. Since coronavirus is acting similar to contagious respiratory illnesses, the plans call for increased communications, making sure supplies are stocked if they are needed, and coordination between the university and local and state authorities.

FAQS FOR SAU STUDENTS

ACADEMICS

How does the Pass/Fail/S/U grading policy work?

Please see the letter from the Division of Academic Affairs here.

How did the leadership team make the decision to move to this system?

We looked at the pivot that was taking place in higher education. We had to take into account the disparities that exist with the technology, environments of learning, and how students learn. We had to accommodate the different learning styles. Once we realized the system for delivery is not perfect we had to identify an equitable system. It is important for everyone to understand that those students going on to graduate and professional school need letter grades because P/F may not be acceptable on academic transcripts.

Instructors have not been responding to my questions.

Instructors have been instructed to be highly responsive but we realize there are some circumstances where you may not hear back immediately. If you do not hear back in 48 hours you should contact the Chair of your department and advisor with your name, course number and professor. If the Chair does not respond then you should contact the dean and if you do not hear from the dean contact Provost Dr. Orlando Hankins.

How is summer school and Fall registration being handled on line?

We are pleased to report that we are resolutely committed to making the registration for classes and on line summer school a successful process. The summer school program continues to be completely on line with registration ending 5/9 and classes running from May 26 to July 7. We also will be launching the Summer Success Program through the Division of Student Affairs where high school students will be allowed to take pre-requisite courses and enter the university directly from this program and transition to the Week of Welcome August 5. We urge new and returning students to register for classes new and prospective students need to sign up for orientation to secure their spot. All returning students need to complete FAFSA and register for classes as well.

Find out how to register for classes here →

Sign up for new student orientation here →

How do I get cleared for graduation if I am not on campus?

Visit https://www.st-aug.edu/registration-2/ for the steps to get cleared for graduation.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

I'm having problems with technology support or email for online classes, what do I do?

If students need assistance with technology equipment please contact the Center for Information Technology at support@st-aug.edu.

What if my passwords expire while I am away from campus?

If students need to reset their password, they should contact IT at support@st-aug.edu.

What if my laptop or other technology stops working while I am away from campus?

If students are having any technology issues, they should contact IT at support@st-aug.edu.

I don’t have internet at home or Spectrum what do I do?

Visit https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer or call 1-855-243-8892 for more information about this offer.

What if Spectrum is not the provider in my hometown?

Visit https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer or call 1-855-243-8892 for more information about this offer.

If my family does not have cable the Spectrum deal will it not apply to me?

Visit https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer or call 1-855-243-8892 for more information about this offer.

CAMPUS LIFE

Can my things remain on campus after April 30? Or longer if needed?

The Student Affairs team continues to coordinate with residential life staff. All items need to be removed after the close of the academic year. All personal items need to be moved so rooms can be cleaned.

Why were we asked to leave campus and rushed out of the residence halls?

We do not consider any students rushed off campus we encouraged students to remain at home once they had left for Spring Break. We did not require any student to go home we provided food and rooms to students until they were able to relocate.

How will students be fed who remain on campus?

The dining hall will implement the brunch schedule from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. until Friday March 20th. For students who remain on campus the dining hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. only, beginning, Saturday, March 21st. All meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for students during this time.

Are there microwaves in the Residence Hall common areas?

Yes, the Residence Halls have microwaves in Weston, Latham and Boyer and the Falkcrest Clubhouse.

When can I get on campus to get my things out of my dorm?

Please see an updated message from the Division of Student Affairs here.

How are we going to celebrate the class of 2020?

Celebrating 2020 is top priority and we join you and your villages of support in marking this significant milestone in your lives. We plan to host a virtual celebration as many of our honor students are already hearing from their Deans about virtual honors festivities. I too congratulate those students. We are looking forward to hosting the traditional commencement in December of 2020.

FINANCIAL AID

What is happening with refunds and credits for the semester?

The leadership team is still exploring refunds and credits for students. We have not codified what that will look like but are meeting regularly to discuss the matter and will keep students informed as the situation continues to unfold.

I have not received my financial aid refund from the Fall semester what should I do?

We are working with the business office to make sure all students are being processed for refunds in a timely manner if they are scheduled to receive one. If a student has a concern about their refund they can contact us via saufinancialaid@st-aug.edu, or they can contact their counselors: Laffenia Griffin at LZGriffin@st-aug.edu; Natesha McMillon at ncmcmillon@st-aug.edu; Emma Robinson at erobinson@st-aug.edu. Students can also check their student portal.

How does the closure affect my work study? Checks? Hours?

Your work study will not be impacted. Payment will be up to the amount that you were awarded.

I am behind on my work study hours what do I do?

You will receive 20 hours of work study payment up to the amount that was awarded.

Will I receive a refund for the classes since I paid for face to face and now we are moving to on line?

When successfully completed, you will earn the same credit hours for on-line classes as the on-site classes.

Will I receive a prorated refund for the housing we are not using through May?

Per the University catalog, refunds are not provided after the drop/add date. Please note that it is not mandatory for students to leave their resident hall. However, it is encouraged.

AFFECTED STUDENT SERVICES

The Student Services below have either changed their hours of operations or how they deliver their services. Please check their web pages to see their changes.

TRAVEL RESOURCES

UNC HEALTH SCREENING & TESTING SITES

Southeast Raleigh YMCA
1436 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610

  • Tuesday, June 30: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 1: 1 – 6 p.m.

Open Door Clinic/Urban Ministries of Wake County
1390 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27603

  • Tuesday, July 7: 2 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8: 2 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 9: 2 – 6:30 p.m.

 

According to the UNC Health website:

If you have insurance, your insurance company will cover the cost of the test. You will not pay a copay for the test. If you do not have insurance, you will not be billed for a test.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Saint Augustine’s University encourages everyone on campus and in the surrounding community to stay informed, make healthy decisions and take care of yourselves to continue to be safe and healthy in Falcon Land. Below, you’ll find guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

Get the most up to date information about the Coronavirus from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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World Health Organization

Information and recommendations about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the public from World Health Organization (WHO).
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