Frequently Asked Questions about DawgCheck

The University Health Center is administering the COVID-19 vaccine for free to any eligible member of the UGA community over the age of 16. Vaccines are also offered by local health providers as well many pharmacies in the area.

Beginning January 4, 2022, faculty and staff who would like to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at the University Health Center may do so by calling 706-542-5575. Students may continue to schedule their COVID vaccine appointments online through the Patient Portal.

Also beginning January 4, 2022, the UHC will only offer Pfizer vaccines for first, second and booster doses. Providers offering Moderna or J&J (Janssen) can be found at vaccines.gov/search.

The University System of Georgia allows employees to take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, you may also take up to sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave if you receive a COVID-19 vaccine and experience negative side effects that prohibit your performance of your duties of employment. For additional information, please see Guidance on leave time for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, you are required to report your positive test through DawgCheck.

The health and safety of the UGA community is our top priority. Through DawgCheck, you will be asked to share names of close contacts to help the Department of Public Health with contact tracing.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should follow the guidance below.

Individuals who have received all recommended doses of the vaccine AND have been boosted if eligibleor have had a covid positive viral test in the last 90 days:

  • Do not need to quarantine at home.
  • Should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If symptoms develop, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

Individuals who are unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:

  • Must quarantine at home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If symptoms develop, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

In addition to getting vaccinated, using DawgCheck will help protect fellow Bulldogs and the communities surrounding campus against the spread of COVID-19.

Students who do not report a positive COVID-19 test via DawgCheck will be referred to the COVID-19 Student Educational and Response Team (CO-SERT), which will review, and when deemed necessary, respond to reported concerns involving students and COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. A student who willfully fails to report a positive COVID-19 test will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You can find more information about CO-SERT here.

An employee who willfully fails to follow and comply with University Policy and Procedure may result in an employee receiving disciplinary action such as verbal or written warning, suspension without pay, demotion, or discharge.

Guidance for UGA Students:

You are required to report the positive test through DawgCheck and isolate for 5 days per CDC/GDPH guidelines. The system will prompt you to provide information on others with whom you may have been in close contact. It will also trigger notifications to Student Care & Outreach (SCO) and the Facilities Management Division (FMD). Case managers in SCO will notify your professors and contact you to coordinate any support or assistance you may require, and FMD will coordinate cleaning and sanitation of spaces where you have been.

Anyone who tests positive is required to isolate for 5 days, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, regardless of vaccination status per the CDC. Fully vaccinated people can still contract COVID-19, although such break-through infections are very rare.

If you are a resident of on-campus housing, you will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall during the 5-day isolation period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, SCO can arrange for other housing and meal delivery on an individual basis.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test.  Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
  • After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
  • After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

Guidance for UGA Employees:

You are required to report the positive test through DawgCheck and isolate for 5 days per CDC/GDPH guidelines. The system will prompt you to provide information on others with whom you may have been in close contact. It will also trigger notifications to the Facilities Management Division (FMD) and to your hiring authority (dean/vice president or designated supervisor).

Anyone who tests positive is required to isolate for 5 days, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, regardless of vaccination status per the CDC. Fully vaccinated people can still contract COVID-19, although such break-through infections are very rare.

According to the University System of Georgia, telework may be possible, depending upon the nature of the work to be performed:

  • Faculty may temporarily transition the modality of their class, with the approval of the Provost’s Office. Change in modality is subject to an end date correlated to isolation guidelines. Department chairs will make arrangements for class coverage when faculty are unable to teach due to illness.
  • Staff members should consult with their supervisor to determine whether teleworking is an appropriate option under the “Occasional Teleworker” provision of UGA’s Telework Policy.

Provisions for special paid leave associated with COVID-19, other than Vaccine Leave, have expired. Those who are unable to telework must take accrued leave [Sick or Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay (LWOP)] during the 5-day period of isolation.

We also strongly encourage you to share your test results with those you believe you were in close contact with. Those contacts should:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test.  Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
  • After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
  • After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

Guidance for Students:

If you have received all recommended doses of the vaccine AND have been boosted if eligibleor have had a covid positive viral test in the last 90 days:

  • You do not need to quarantine at home.
  • You should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

You may continue to attend class and activities as you normally do, but you should monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you are unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:

  • You must quarantine at home for 5 days.  After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

You should report your potential exposure via DawgCheck. If you are a resident of on-campus housing, you will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall during the 5-day isolation period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, University Housing and Student Care and Outreach can arrange for other housing and meal delivery on an individual basis. Students living off-campus can contact SCO directly at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774, after reporting the exposure via DawgCheck, if they need specific support with instructor notifications or require any other assistance. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the quarantine period, you must report it via DawgCheck. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met. SCO will continue to assist you during this period.

Guidance for Employees:

If you are boosted, or have become fully vaccinated within the last 6 months (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or within the last 2 months (J&J vaccine):

  • You do not need to quarantine at home.
  • You should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

You may continue to come to work as you normally do. However, monitoring yourself for symptoms is still recommended. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you are unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:

  • You must quarantine at home for 5 days.  After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If possible, get tested on day 5.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

Per the University System of Georgia, telework may be possible, depending upon the nature of the work to be performed:

  • Faculty may temporarily transition the modality of their class, with the approval of the Provost’s Office. Change in modality is subject to an end date correlated to isolation or quarantine guidelines. Department chairs will make arrangements for class coverage when faculty are unable to teach due to illness.
  • Staff members should consult with their supervisor to determine whether teleworking is an appropriate option under the “Occasional Teleworker” provision of UGA’s Telework Policy.

Provisions for special paid leave associated with COVID-19, other than Vaccine Leave, have expired. Those who are unable to telework must take accrued leave [Sick or Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay (LWOP)] during the 5-day period of quarantine.

If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the quarantine period, you must report it via DawgCheck. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 5 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken, using accrued leave or LWOP.

DawgCheck is an online tool to help assess and respond to COVID-19 cases at UGA in an effort to keep the campus community safe. DawgCheck consists of a reporting function which must be used by anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Learn more about DawgCheck at dawgcheck.uga.edu/about.

The information you provide as a participant in asymptomatic testing, as well as your test results, are considered “sensitive information” under the University’s data protection policies and are protected by federal privacy laws. This information will only be accessible by authorized University employees with a need to know. This information will also be shared safely and securely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to help facilitate contact tracing.

Read more about how the Department of Public Health Facilitates contact tracing.

Learn more about DawgCheck at dawgcheck.uga.edu/support.