S. Jack Hu, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction
Victor K. Wilson, Vice President for Student Affairs
On behalf of the University’s senior administration, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your tireless effort in continuing your education and ensuring that UGA maintains its service to the University community during this very challenging moment in our history. The scale of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we recognize the resulting difficulty and stress you are facing in your personal, academic, and professional lives.
This is an especially important time to maintain our own and each other’s wellbeing, and we are writing to share some campus resources to support you. Please review the resources below—some of which are available to all members of the campus community and others which are available to students or faculty and staff. Please know that the University of Georgia values and cares for you, and that we will do our utmost to support you through the coming weeks and beyond.
As President Morehead said in his most recent message to the campus community, “Without a doubt, the challenges before us are immense, but so, too, are our resilience and determination. We are proving that point every single day.” As we persevere, please continue to take care of yourselves and do your part in protecting yourselves and others and help stem the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources web page is being updated regularly. In addition, you can read past ArchNews messages related to coronavirus on the “campus message” page. Furthermore, there is a specific section of Frequently Asked Questions relevant for students and faculty/staff, respectively, further down the page.
University Human Resources has developed, and will continue to develop, resources for supporting our faculty and staff during this time. Please consider reviewing the following documents for helpful suggestions:
maintaining your wellbeing (including a broad range of mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing resources available through our KEPRO Employee Assistance Plan via phone at 844-243-4440 or online at EAPHelplink.com (company code is USGCares),
If you would like to receive periodic news and information about wellbeing resources, subscribe to the wellbeing listserv by going to listserv.uga.edu and searching for “wellbeing” or contact Kizmet Adams at 706-542-7319.
Anthem and Kaiser Permanente offer telehealth options. If you have non-emergency healthcare concerns, telehealth can be a good option. During the Coronavirus public health emergency all telehealth visits will be covered at 100% with no out of pocket costs for all USG healthcare plans.
Kaiser HMO members: Call 404-365-0966 or access kp.org
Please reach out to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-2222 for additional support and guidance.
Support for Wellbeing at Home
Several schools, colleges, and campus units may offer programming that is open to faculty and staff in addition to undergraduate and graduate students, and we invite you to follow campus programs on social media to learn about these opportunities. Of particular note are some resources from Recreational Sports and the University Health Center’s Health Promotions department:
No gym? No problem! Follow UGA Recreational Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for at-home workouts, mindful activities, fitness challenges, UGA-themed exercises, and live and pre-recorded group fitness sessions. All members of the University community are invited participate.
BeWellUGA at Home
The trained dietitians, mindfulness instructors, wellness coaches, health educators, and clinicians at the University Health Center, as well as other campus partners, are here to support your wellbeing no matter how far from campus you are. They will share ways to stay organized; strategies to wake up feeling rested; and live virtual sessions on mindfulness, yoga, mental wellbeing, and stress reduction, among other topics.
The University Health Center will continue to serve as a resource for students who are unsure as to how best to seek medical assistance. Students seeking medical advice should call UHC at 706-542-1162. Please DO NOT walk-in to the University Health Center – call first.
Student Mental Health Resources
UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is available for phone consultations (706-542-2273) during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m. CAPS is available for crisis services 24/7 at 706-542-2200.
Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Medical Guidance
If you are experiencing flu-like or respiratory symptoms, please 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.
In addition to resources on prevention and care for COVID-19, the University Health Center also continues to offer several resources for students, faculty, and staff at this time:
The UHC Pharmacy is offering curbside service to minimize risk to patients—please call 706-542-9979 with any questions or needs. The Pharmacy’s services are open to all UGA community members to refill and/or transfer prescriptions.
This service is available Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.
You may order contact lenses online or by phone: 706-542-8617. Direct shipping is available. Please call the clinic with urgent matters.
Other Medical Clinics
Please call regarding previously scheduled appointments or urgent matters. There are many situations which may be assisted remotely:
Allergy Clinic: 706-542-5575
Travel and Immunization Clinic: 706-542-5575
Dental Clinic: 706-542-8700
Women’s Clinic: 706-542-8691
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 706-542-1162 during regular clinic hours.