COVID-19 Update: Three Cases; Fall Break

Dear Campus Community,

We have 3 active COVID-19 cases this week, which shows that we still aren’t seeing much “bloom,” a sign that we are fairly well-vaccinated on campus.

Active Cases
in Isolation
Week Student Fac/Staff Total
Aug 24 6 2 525
Aug 31 21 0 533
Sep 7 13 1 548
Sep 14 9 0 558
Sep 21 3 0 567
Sep 28 1 0 571
Oct 5 5 0 571
Oct 12 3 0 576

We do worry about all the likely travel for Fall Break, so please do encourage people to make smart choices, for instance, avoiding extended periods with large groups in small, poorly-ventilated indoor spaces.

The Flu vaccine is now widely available around town, and many sites will allow you to get the flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID shot/booster. University instructors do qualify for booster shots, and if it’s been more than six months since you received got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you might consider getting one. Guidance for other vaccine boosters, mixing vaccines, as well as vaccine approval for children 5-11 is expected in the next few weeks.

The University verification incentives continue for student organizations and for faculty/staff.

Due to the pending break, we didn’t make a video this week, but we’ll be back next week; hopefully with more low case numbers.


Although we aim these updates at our faculty and the campus community, please do share this information or the video with students in your classes, with parents, and elsewhere. This information is shared with all students via their COVID Blackboard page, sent directly to all Truman faculty and staff, and shared on our public web page here:

If you have questions or topics you’d like to know more about, please contact us at:

-Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group
Nancy Daley-Moore, PhD, Health Science
Christine Harker, PhD, English
Scott Alberts, PhD, Statistics

Related Links:

Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group Videos and Emails

Coronavirus Updates and Resources Website

COVID-19 Campus Communications