Latest COVID-19 Updates and Statements
September 20 Update
New Campus Testing Site
A new COVID-19 testing site is available on the San Marcos Campus at the LBJ Student Center next to the bus stop—No appointment necessary. Testing is available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Read the full COVID-19 update.
September 14 Update
Risk, Testing and Staying Safe
In response to the positive COVID-19 case counts reported during the first three weeks of classes, additional measures have been put in place to improve the university's response, including an additional testing site at the San Marcos Campus. At this point, the university is not seeing evidence of broad COVID-19 transmission. Read the full statement from TXST Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco.
August 30 Update
New Bobcat Trace Notification Emails
Texas State University is adjusting Bobcat Trace protocols and communication to provide timely notification about potential COVID-19 exposure. Beginning August 31, when an individual enrolled in a Texas State course reports a positive COVID-19 test, a notification email will be sent to the instructor of record and all students enrolled in the class section. This notice allows the email recipients to take immediate steps to stay safe and healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the full statement from TXST Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco.
August 21 Update
Efforts for Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19
Texas State University is preparing to return to a vibrant university experience, offering in-person classes, services, and activities at full capacity. Read the full statement from TXST Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco.
Texas State is requesting all members of the university community to:
- Get Vaccinated. Vaccines are available at the Student Health Center (SHC) by appointment for students, faculty, and staff. If you have not done so, please schedule a vaccine appointment today.
- Wear a mask. Face masks have proven very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. The university strongly urges that everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face masks indoors.
- Get tested. Regardless of vaccination status, get tested before the start of the fall semester and when selected to participate in Texas State’s random COVID-19 testing program. Testing information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
- Stay home and get tested if you develop cold-like or other COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
- Promptly Report to Bobcat Trace if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who received a positive test result. Reporting information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
- Isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay home and away from others for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test if no symptoms.
- Quarantine if you have been identified as a close contact and stay home for the prescribed time period.
- Fully vaccinated Bobcats who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine but should get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after last exposure. They should also wear a face mask when indoors in public spaces for 14 days since the exposure or until a negative test result is obtained three to five days after exposure.
- Unvaccinated Bobcats are required to quarantine for 10 days since the time of last exposure.
July 26 Update
Delta Variant, Dramatic Increase in COVID Cases
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are climbing. This dramatic change is most likely due to low vaccination rates and the Delta variant which is spreading rapidly. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is increasing again and we must take steps to protect ourselves and others. Read the full message from TXST Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco.
The Student Health Center (SHC) is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff at the location on the San Marcos Campus (298 Student Center Drive), Monday through Friday. No online vaccination pre-registration is required, just call the SHC at 512.245.2161 to schedule your appointment.
E-mails will be sent to students, faculty, and staff when additional mass vaccination events are scheduled during the summer and fall semesters.