Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Georgia Department of Public Health

UGA Coronavirus Information


The campus awaits your return with optimism and readiness to demonstrate to ourselves and our community that we are all committed to doing our part to keep our students, faculty, staff and Athens community members safe and healthy.

A critical part of our UGA campus safety plan includes providing students, faculty, and staff who are asymptomatic, access to free COVID 19 testing as part of our campus wide mitigation efforts. Please read below for more details.


COVID Testing on Campus (Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic):


Students not feeling well and showing symptoms - Make an appointment with your assigned UHC Primary Care Clinic or call 706-542-1162. *Symptomatic UGA faculty/staff should contact their community PCP for care.

All UGA community (Faculty, Staff, Students) that are healthy and showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) - COVID Surveillance Asymptomatic Testing at Legion Field – schedule your test online.

UGA will be conducting free "Asymptomatic testing" to help identify individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but who may spread the virus to others. Testing will be voluntary and at no cost to participants. UGA plans for 24,000 tests to be conducted by Thanksgiving at a rate of 300 tests per day.

The testing site is located at Legion Field directly across Lumpkin Street from the Tate Center. Parking is available at the Tate Center Parking Deck or the Hull Street Parking Deck. When you arrive at the Legion Field COVID-19 Testing Site, access to the testing site will be clearly marked at the entrance to Legion Pool (which will remain closed). Appointments are by reservation only, currently, to ensure social distancing and to avoid unnecessary wait times.

Please keep in mind that testing is limited and will increase in capacity daily until we reach a maximum capacity of approximately 300 tests per day on or near August 17th.

UGA Surveillance Testing Pop-Ups

FREE, Walk-in, Asymptomatic-only testing for all UGA Community

Do not eat, drink, or smoke/chew tobacco 30 minutes before the test.

Bring your UGA ID.

• Wed, Oct 7, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Tate Center at the #flUGAFest
• Thu, Oct 15, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Health Sciences Campus, George Hall
• Tue, Oct 20, 10:00am - 2:00pm, Georgia Center, Mahler Hall at the #flUGA Mobile Clinic

In partnership with the College of Public Health and AU/UGA

 


UHC is open and here for you:


UHC provides primary, wellness and specialty care by appointment only. All UHC services are open and ready to assist you with your needs. Please call 706-542-1162 to schedule an appointment. Do not walk in. We are open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (6pm for Pharmacy).

Please note: Beginning Sunday, August 23, the Pharmacy will be open Sundays 10am-5pm.

We are taking all the necessary precautions to assure the safety of our patients and staff. We have protocols in place for advance screening, extra appointment time, extra cleaning before, between patients, mandated masks, social distancing where we are able; see more below.

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.

 

UHC service updates to note:


UHC Pharmacy - Open for walk-in service for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. We are also happy to bring your medications outside if you prefer; please park in the UHC parking lot, call 706-542-9979, and a pharmacy staff member will deliver your order to your car. To avoid delays, please order your refills prior to arrival.
*Open Monday-Friday, 8am - 6pm
*Open Sundays 10am - 5pm


UHC Vision Clinic – in-person visits are available by appointment only. Retail/repair services require an appointment. Contact orders may be made by phone or online thru the clinic's online store.

 

Telehealth services:

Each of the following services provide a telehealth option for care.

  • UHC Primary Care Clinics - To make an appointment for Telehealth or in-person please call 706-542-1162 or login to the UHC Patient Portal. If you know your primary care team’s number you may contact them directly.
    NEW: Primary Care Telehealth appointments: Sundays 10am - 2pm. Schedule your Sunday telehealth appointment after 6pm on Saturdays here.

  • UHC Dental Clinic -- Please call the clinic with urgent matters: 706-542-8700

  • UHC Women's Clinic - Telehealth appointments are available -- please call us with any concerns, questions, or needs: 706-542-8691. There are many situations we can help with remotely.

  • UHC Physical Therapy Clinic - Offering Telehealth appointments to help you continue with or begin a new physical therapy program -- please call: 706-542-8634.

  • UHC Vision Clinic - Telehealth appointments are available, if needed. Please call the clinic for more details, 706-542-5617.

Wellness and Counseling Services:


Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

  • All services (individual, group, psychiatry, outreach/workshops, integrated behavioral health care) will primarily remain virtual (Tele-behavioral Health)
  • To start services, students will need to call CAPS to schedule a free Tele-behavioral Health Screening.
  • CAPS will maintain the same hours Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM with clinicians on-site.
  • During business hours, in the event of a crisis, we ask that students call first and speak with the walk-in clinician.
  • On-Call (after 5 PM weekdays and on the weekends), students can call UGA PD at 706-542-2200 and ask to speak with a CAPS clinician.

UHC Health Promotion / the Fontaine Center


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

Tips for staying well:


  • 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.
Stop the Spread of Germs. Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 secconds. For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

FAQs:


What is a coronavirus and how does it spread?



What are the symptoms of the 2019 coronavirus (known as 2019-nCoV)?

COVID-19 symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell without stuffy nose. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

How do I check my symptoms daily for COVID-19?

The University of Georgia is committed to a safe environment for its faculty, students, and staff.

As a part of our commitment, we ask that you use the DawgCheck site to:

If you are a student and are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID contact the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162.

If you are an employee, you should contact your Primary Care Provider for guidance.


Self-Monitoring for Symptoms: You are encouraged to self monitor your health daily through DawgCheck. Access the DawgCheck tool through the UGA app or visit dawgcheck.uga.edu. Fill out the Check for symptoms survey before coming to campus or going to class each day. Based on your symptoms, you will receive an email with instructions on any required next steps. Practice physical distancing - 6 feet or more. Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer. Wear a mask inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet of social distancing may not always be possible. Action Steps - Check your symptoms each day using DawgCheck. If you experience any symptoms contact the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162 or your Primary Care Provider for guidance.

What if I have been exposed and am showing symptoms (symptomatic)?

Students who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center. Please self-isolate until you can be assessed and do not walk in.

Student Care and Outreach can help with various means of support and the Health Center can assist with medical assessment and testing.

Students who become ill should also remain off campus or stay in their dorm. When sick one should assume that COVID is possible and isolate until an accurate assessment of the cause can be determined. Isolation, similar to quarantine, requires that you remain out of contact with others and limit movement in public. Isolation and the support needed to accomplish it is best achieved off campus or at a permanent residence

For everyone’s safety the Health Center is seeing patients (students) by appointment only. For respiratory complaints we will often schedule a telehealth visit via Zoom through which we can determine how best to arrange for both care and testing. To make an appointment via telehealth or in person please call 706-542-1162, or, if you know it use your primary care team’s number.

All others (Faculty, Staff) please contact your primary healthcare provider and follow the CDC guidelines to reducing the spread of the virus.

The College of Public Health has developed and will continue to update a guide to local testing sites for faculty and staff. Note: Only PCR nasal test sites are listed here, as this is the accepted diagnostic tool used to determine if a person has the virus and is at risk of spreading it to others.
publichealth.uga.edu/coronavirus/local-testing/


What if I test positive with COVID?

It is required that you report a positive test through the DawgCheck tool on the UGA App or at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

Student Care and Outreach will be in touch with students for next steps.

Anyone testing positive should follow these steps immediately:

  • Separate yourself from other people by 6 feet or more at all times. If you must be around other people, wear a face covering.
  • Stay in a specific room and away from household residents and pets as much as possible.
  • Avoid public transportation and ride-shares
  • Monitor your symptoms and follow care instructions from your healthcare provider
If you test positive for COVID-19 - It is required that you report a positive test through the DawgCheck tool on the UGA app or at dawgcheck.uga.edu. Student Care and Outreach will be in touch with you for next steps. Separate yourself from other people. Stay in a specific room and away from household residents and pets as much as possible. If you  must be around other people, wear a face covering. Avoid public transportation and ride-shares. Monitor your symptoms and follow care instructions from your healthcare provider.

What if I have been exposed but am not showing any symptoms (asymptomatic)?

Employees, Faculty and Students who believe they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days from the last contact, consistent with DPH and CDC guidelines.

  • Employees must contact their supervisor if they are unable to come to work or need to make a telework arrangement. Employees should remain home and contact their healthcare provider if they become sick.
  • Students should follow this same guidance and they can reach out to Student Care and Outreach for general assistance or the Health Center for medical concerns.

ALL UGA community (Faculty, Staff, Students) that have had exposure to COVID-19 and no symptoms (asymptomatic) - schedule a test at COVID Surveillance Asymptomatic Testing at Legion Field.

UGA will be conducting free "Asymptomatic testing" to help identify individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but who may spread the virus to others. Testing will be voluntary and at no cost to participants. UGA plans for 24,000 tests to be conducted by Thanksgiving at a rate of 300 tests per day.

Asymptomatic testing does not replace testing or medical care for those who do have symptoms. If you are a student and have symptoms, you can go to UHC for evaluation and testing. If you are a UGA faculty/staff and are symptomatic you should contact your community PCP for care.


For the latest information, visit the CDC’s website.