Coronavirus

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UGA Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Georgia Department of Public Health


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.

 

UHC Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is conducting crisis services by phone based on recommendations from UGA and the CDC. 

  • After hours CAPS Crisis Services are accessible by phone by calling UGA PD at 706-542-2200 and requesting to speak with a CAPS clinician. 
  • Dial 911, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
  • Additional crisis services may be accessed here.
  • CAPS is available for phone consultations—please call 706-542-2273 (M-F 8am-5pm).


The following services are available to assist our students in the manner indicated below:

UHC Health Promotion and the Fontaine Center services are accessible by phone at 706-542-8690 (M-F 8am-5pm)

  • 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).

BeWellUGA at Home - FREE virtual wellness and prevention classes, clinics, and tools

Other services:

  • 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.
  • UHC Vision Clinic - Order contact lenses online or by phone: 706-542-8617. Direct shipping available! Please call the clinic with urgent matters.
  • UHC Allergy Clinic – please call ahead for scheduled appointments and with questions and need to transfer serum back to allergist: 706-542-5575
  • UHC Travel and Immunization Clinic – Please call regarding previously scheduled appointments: 706-542-5575
  • UHC Dental Clinic—Please call the clinic with urgent matters: 706-542-8700
  • 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.



What You Should Do:

  • Take general precautions like frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of any virus, including seasonal flu, which is still active across Georgia and the U.S.
  • 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:
    1. Separate themselves from others as much as possible. Immediately notify GDPH at 1-866-782-4584
    2. 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.
    3. Restrict travel to private vehicle or medical transport (e.g., ambulance). No public transportation while sick.


Campus Messages

UGA Coronavirus Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Messages


FAQs:

What is a coronavirus?

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)?

Reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and dying. According to the CDC, symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC.


How do coronaviruses spread?

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.

For more information, visit www.uga.edu/coronavirus


Should I be tested for the new coronavirus?

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.