Health and Exposure Update: Second confirmed case of COVID-19
Out of an abundance of caution, the University of Georgia is making the campus community aware of the following situation related to COVID-19:
An undergraduate in the Honors Program has reported to the University Health Center testing positive for COVID-19. The individual has reported last being on campus on March 7. The individual has been advised to self-isolate at home and is not in the Athens area.
Health officials continue to take precautionary measures to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public in identifying potential contacts.
Ensuring the anonymity of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 is critical. If you are aware of their identities, please respect their privacy so they can focus completely on their health.
While we understand the concerns and fear around COVID-19, it is extremely important to stay calm and maintain a close eye on your health and any symptoms that may arise. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild with symptoms similar to a cold.
Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Avoid contact with others.
We each have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, take appropriate measures, including:
Adhere to social distancing practices and CDC guidance regarding groups and group activity.
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.