As the University of Georgia shifts to remote learning for the remainder of spring 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, the UHC will also be shifting our services to be more remotely accessible.
The UHC remains open for physical health services in a limited capacity for students with illness or injury. We will continue to separate patients with respiratory illness from those with no respiratory symptoms. Consistent with CDC and Department of Public Health guidance, the Health Center will also begin to deliver phone consultations via appointment for conditions that lend themselves to that format (Telehealth). Over the next few weeks, we will transition many of these consultative visits to a true tele-medicine format through video enabled interactions with our provider staff.
Students who are seeking clinical services for illness or injury please call 706-542-1162 during regular business (Monday - Friday, 8 am – 5 pm). Please note that we have suspended our Sunday walk-in hours.
RSVP (24-hour/7 days) support continues to be available - 706-542-SAFE
Wellness Coaching is available via phone—please call 706-542-8690 to speak to someone (M-F 8am-5pm).
UHC Pharmacy - Curbside service is available to minimize risk to patients—prescriptions as well as over-the-counter items such as allergy medications, tissues, cough drops, cold relief medications, eye drops and solutions, and more. Please call ahead with any questions or needs: 706-542-9979. *Open Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm. In some instances, the pharmacy may be allowed to dispense more than a one-month supply. Please ask about this option if you are interested.
Womens Clinic - please call us with any concerns, questions, or needs: 706-542-8691. There are many situations we can help with remotely.
After hours nurse line*: If you are a patient of the University Health Center and wish to speak with a nurse for illness or injury advice, call 855-622-1909. *Please note* This after-hours advice service is available only when UHC is closed. Call your 706-542-1162 during regular clinic hours.
What You Should Know:
To reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, ALL patients arriving at the University Health Center with cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and respiratory issues will be masked to protect other patients as we evaluate the cause of their illness. All patients will be asked to provide a travel history to determine if they are at risk for the newly identified coronavirus. We are also mindful of the increased stress caused by the situation.
The UGA System has extensive expertise and systems in place to monitor and address possible infectious diseases, and our University has comprehensive plans to address emergencies, including infectious disease. The University Health Center has procedures in place for contagious severe illnesses and is prepared.
Please be vigilant about personal hygiene to ensure the best defense against the spread of COVID-19, including:
frequently washing hands, 20 seconds minimum with soap
sneezing/coughing into elbows
disinfecting hands frequently
avoiding touching eyes, noses, and mouths
avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing of cups and water bottles
if not feeling well or immunocompromised, refrain going into public spaces and interacting with other people for a minimum of 14 days
For more information on how to prevent the spread of illness, visit the CDC.
Latest Guidance from GDPH for Recent Travelers:
The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) considers an individual traveling from a country with active community transmission within the previous 14 days a risk factor for COVID-19.
Students and staff returning from areas with active community transmission may have been exposed to COVID-19 and must self-monitor symptoms for 14 days after leaving the affected area, which is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current guidance for returning travelers.
If the traveler (or someone who has had contact with the traveler from affected areas) develops symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within their 14-day monitoring period, should take the following steps:
Separate themselves from others as much as possible. Immediately notify GDPH at 1-866-782-4584
If they experience an urgent health situation, seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell staff about recent travel and symptoms.
Restrict travel to private vehicle or medical transport (e.g., ambulance). No public transportation while sick.
Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives, according to the CDC. These illnesses usually last for a short time.
The new coronavirus can cause mild illness that can be overcome, but more severe cases can be life-threatening. The CDC has classified the risk as a “serious public health threat,” but it says the immediate health risk to the general American public is “considered low at this time.” The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
What are the symptoms of the 2019 coronavirus (known as 2019-nCoV)?
According to the CDC, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. When person-to-person spread has occurred, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads.
Does UGA have a plan if the coronavirus begins spreading rapidly in the U.S.?
UGA has a number of comprehensive plans in place to address emergencies, including those resulting from infectious disease. Health-related plans result from in-depth exchanges between the University Health Center in conjunction with UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.
UGA personnel are in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health and would continue this communication throughout any implementation of the plan.
According to the CDC, if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath:
within 14 days after travel from any affected country or area with active community transmission
OR if you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel.
UGA Students may call the University Health Center at 706-542-1162. All others contact your community healthcare provider.
Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for 2019-nCoV. At this time, diagnostic testing for 2019-nCoV can be conducted only at CDC.
For the latest information on the new coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website.