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Safety Information and Updates

Latest Updates

Last Updated August 31, 2021
Southern Adventist University is dedicated to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The University Health Center continues to monitor updates relating to the spread of COVID-19.
  • The following safety precautions are currently in place on campus and will continue to be re-evaluated as necessary:
    • Masks are required indoors. (Exceptions are when eating, teaching, working in private space, and in residence hall rooms.)
    • Work meetings should be held via video conferencing.
    • Convocation, vespers, hall worships, Merge worship, and Evensong are currently being held online.
  • If you are feeling sick, do not go to class or the workplace; you are required to call the University Health Center for directions (423.236.2713).
  • Contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols are available here.

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing 

A new COVID-19 testing center is open in the E.O. Grundset room on the top floor of Wright Hall. This location is for any non-symptomatic Southern students, employees, and dependents in need of testing and will have the PathGroup PCR test, which uses a nasal swab. On average, results can be expected in 1-2 days. No appointment is needed.  

Monday        12-4 p.m. 
Tuesday       12-4 p.m. 
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Thursday       2-4 p.m. 
Friday            8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Those under quarantine or showing signs of illness must be seen at the University Health Center for COVID-19 testing. Call 423.236.2713 to set up an appointment. 

Covid-19 Cases

Last Updated October 18, 2021

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Southern Adventist University continues to follow a quarantine and isolation policy, which can be found in the COVID-19 Policies. While Southern cannot comment on individual cases, the university is following strict quarantine and isolation protocols, along with conducting contact tracing. Our University Health Center, Residence Life, Counseling Services, and Office of Ministry and Missions staff are also providing support and care for those in quarantine or isolation.

SmartStart and Fall 2021
  Quarantined Isolated Recovered
Employees 1 0 31
Students 29 7 96
Quarantined—individuals who have been separated from the rest of campus because of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. These numbers include individuals who may be quarantined on- or off-campus. 
Isolated—individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation. These numbers include individuals who may be isolated on- or off-campus. 
Recovered—individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19 and have since recovered and been medically cleared.