Update from University System of Georgia, re: Coronavirus
Dear UGA Faculty, Staff and Students:
Please see the message from the University System of Georgia below, which has been sent to Presidents of all of the USG’s 26 institutions. Per the USG’s direction, the University of Georgia is planning at this time to resume normal class operations following Spring Break on Monday, March 16.
The University System of Georgia is consulting constantly with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. DPH has advised that the risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia remains low.
Therefore, all 26 USG institutions will remain open for face-to-face education at this time.
For those of you, or anyone on your campus who may be traveling, please make sure they remain in regular contact with your campus for operational updates.
Many of you have asked, what can we do? The most important responsibility we each have is to practice prevention. Prevention is paramount.
Please urge your faculty, staff and students to take appropriate measures such as:
Wash hands regularly.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Be responsible and courteous to others and stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
Be mindful of those in high risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.
We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent choices for the well-being of the USG community.
The latest information is that (as of Thursday morning) there are 12 confirmed and 19 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. These numbers are likely to change.
Health officials advise that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2–14 days, with an average period of 5 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms.
Guidance from DPH identifies those with the highest risk to contract COVID-19 are travelers to countries with widespread outbreaks, as well as those travelers’ close contacts. Additionally, those most likely to develop serious illness after contracting COVID-19 include persons who are older than 60, as well as persons with chronic health conditions.
As you are aware, the CDC strongly advises against anyone traveling to a location subject to a Level 3 or higher Travel Health Notice, including Italy, South Korea, China and Iran. USG will not approve travel to those countries.
We urge all community members to practice good preventive measures and to visit the USG resource guide for the latest information concerning travel advisories and other guidance. You can also find additional information from the CDC here.
We will continue to work with DPH and communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change. Thank you for all you do for USG.
Teresa MacCartney Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia 270 Washington Street, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30334