DawgCheck is UGA’s easy-to-use, COVID-19 reporting tool. Report exposures, a positive COVID-19 test, or check your symptoms at dawgcheck.uga.edu.  If you test positive for COVID-19, you are REQUIRED to report it through DawgCheck.

For more information about DawgCheck, visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/about.

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.

We understand the tremendous strain that the COVID-19 pandemic placed on members of our campus community. We want to remind faculty and staff that there are several support systems and tools available through various USG benefits programs.

Help for coping with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak or other life matters is available through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Plan via phone at 844-243-4440 or  online  (company code is  USGCares). These services are available to all full- and part-time employees and their families and other members of their household.

Click here to see a full list of faculty/staff well-being resources.

CAPS is your go-to, on-campus resource for emotional, social and behavioral-health support. We support students in achieving both academic and personal life goals. CAPS is committed to providing high quality, affordable and confidential services to UGA students and their eligible partners. The benefits of CAPS includes:

  • No out of pockets costs for most services.*
  • In-person appointments with options for telehealth.
  • No session limits; services focus on brief, short-term and goal-focused needs.
  • Expansion of group offerings available both in-person and virtually.
  • Psychiatry services that do not require counseling services.
  • Continued access to urgent services (all you have to do is ask).
  • An amazing case management team to assist with finding off-campus resources when CAPS is not the best match.
  • 24/7 support available by calling CAPS directly at 706-542-2273.
  • TAO Online Support is available for all students at UGA.

*For students who pay the health fee and bill insurance.

When it comes to your health and well-being, know that you have the support you need, any time, any place. Whether you are on campus, studying from home, or studying abroad, UGA is here for you. 

Have COVID-19, quarantine and working from home caused you to be less active and more stressed? Now it is more important than ever to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing. We all know that exercise benefits our strength and cardiovascular function, but did you also know that regular exercise can boost your immune system, fight depression and anxiety, give you more energy and help you sleep better?   

If you are ready for better health and wellness, the department of recreational sports is committed to helping you. To better serve the UGA community, new outdoor and virtual fitness options are now available in addition to our in-house options. 

Read more about Rec Sports Fitness options.

Follow UGA Recreational Sports on FacebookTwitter, 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.

Campus Messages regarding Health & Wellness

Frequently Asked Questions about Health & Wellness

By CDC's definition, members of the same household, including roommates in a dorm, are considered a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive person, even if wearing masks. You should contact your local medical provider and arrange for a COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated individuals should immediately quarantine at home. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals test 3-5 days after the last exposure and strongly recommends wearing a mask until a COVID test is negative or for 14 days. Vaccinated individuals may refrain from quarantine if remaining asymptomatic.

Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC's 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

If you do not fit the CDC's definition of a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, there is no need for quarantine or isolation. You can continue to go to work or school. Continue to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, please isolate at home and call your medical provider to arrange for COVID-19 testing. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have improved, AND at least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

Please stay home and isolate yourself from others and contact your local medical provider to determine if continued isolation is warranted or additional testing is indicated. If COVID-19 is suspected despite your test results, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have gotten better, AND, at least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

Please stay home and isolate yourself from others for 10 days. Contact your local medical provider to see if COVID-19 testing is warranted. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your symptoms have gotten better, AND, at least 10 days have passed by since your symptoms first appeared. 

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

No, if you have not had symptoms and have not been identified as a close contact, you may continue to work or go to school per the guidance of your employer or school; be sure to wear a mask, physically distance and use good hygiene. If the test comes back positive, then you must stay home and isolate away from others for 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken.

Click here to access calculators for quarantine and isolation.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care & Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit sco.uga.edu. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services.

UGA has several resources for a student seeking mental health services or crisis support. Need help managing stress, anxiety, relationships, etc. or want to be connected socially? Visit BeWellUGA for a list of free workshops, classes, mentoring and health coaching led by licensed clinicians and health educators in the University Health Center.

When it comes to your health and well-being, know that you have the support you need, any time, any place. Whether you are on campus, studying from home, or studying abroad, UGA is here for you. 

Students who are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center. Please do not walk in. Make an appointment via telehealth or in person by calling 706-542-1162 or your primary care team’s number.

Employees who are showing symptoms should seek care and testing from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine.

Free COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered to asymptomatic faculty, staff and students at the University Health Center, regardless of vaccination status. For the safety of your family and friends, please consider getting tested if you are not fully vaccinated. Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.

While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC’s 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

  • We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
    • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
    • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

An appropriate face covering has the following qualities:

  • Made from at least two layers of washable, breathable material
  • Completely covers of nose and mouth areas
  • Fits snuggly against the sides of the face and doesn’t have gaps

Face coverings with exhalation valves are not considered effective as they can allow virus particles to escape. Cloth face coverings are recommended to be worn with face shields.

Read more about appropriate face coverings and how to wear them from the CDC here.

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.

If you receive verbal notice (i.e. a notification that does not come to you through DawgCheck) that a student has received a positive COVID-19 test,

  1. Direct the student to report their positive test result in DawgCheck;
  2. Tell the affected student to isolate;
  3. In rare cases, a report may need to be filed on behalf of an individual. Please contact Student Care and Outreach at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774.

Student Care and Outreach will notify instructors of students in their classes who have tested positive following conversations with the affected student.

In no event should faculty disclose the identity of a student who has tested positive or developed symptoms. However, public health officials strongly encourage individuals who test positive to take it upon themselves to notify other persons with whom they have had close contact. In many cases, this is the most effective way to notify those who have been exposed. As timing of notifications may differ based on the testing agency, it is possible that a student may receive notification during a class and disclose this information publicly to faculty and/or students.

If a student receives notification of a positive COVID-19 test result during a class period (e.g. via email or a text message), the student should leave the classroom and record the positive test in DawgCheck.

If the instructor believes that the test result notification to the student has created a significant distraction, the instructor may decide to dismiss the class for the remainder of the class period. The Preventative Measures Advisory Board has reviewed this matter and indicates that there is, however, no need to cancel classes in the classroom for the remainder of the day.

If you receive verbal notice (i.e. a notification that does not come to you through DawgCheck) that an employee or student employee has received a positive COVID-19 test,

  1. Direct the employee or student to report their positive test result in DawgCheck;
  2. Tell the affected employee/student to isolate;
  3. In rare cases, a report may need to be filed on behalf of an individual. If a case needs to be reported on behalf of an employee, please contact Human Resources at 706-542-2621. If a case needs to be reported on behalf of a student, please contact Student Care and Outreach at sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774.

You will receive an email notification from DawgCheck if an employee in your area has reported symptoms or an exposure.

If the employee is instructed to isolate or quarantine, the employee should contact you to discuss leave options or telework, if available, for the isolation or quarantine period. 

You will also receive an email notification if an employee in your area has reported a positive COVID-19 test. Employees who test positive should not report to work and must remain in isolation until 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and 24 hours have elapsed without a fever without the use of medication. The employee should contact you to discuss leave options or telework, if available, for the isolation period.

A COVID-19 calculator is available to help determine how long the employee will need to quarantine or isolate and when they can return to normal activities.

Supervisors must not disclose the identity, circumstances, and/or condition of an employee or student who has tested positive to close contacts or other individuals, except as specified to authorized UGA personnel.   

Please do not share the information from any DawgCheck email with staff or co-workers in your office or work unit. Supervisors should contact their department head, dean or vice president as appropriate to inform them of the notification of a positive COVID-19 test for one of your direct reports and to receive further instructions from them regarding the positive test notification.

Employees do not need any medical documentation to confirm that they should either isolate or quarantine and not report to work. In some cases, employees may receive medical documentation and clearance to report before the isolation period or the quarantine period concludes. Employees may be allowed to return to work if they receive medical clearance to report to work.

You may contact Human Resources at (706) 542-2621 if you have questions regarding leave options or telework for employees who have been instructed by DawgCheck isolate or quarantine.

If one of your employees notifies you that they incorrectly checked a question in DawgCheck and DawgCheck gave directions for the employee to stay home, you may allow the employee to report to work if the question was incorrectly checked by the employee.

Residents of on-campus housing who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to stay in their residence hall during their isolation period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, the university is holding a limited number of beds for quarantine and isolation. Student Care and Outreach (SCO) can arrange for housing and meal delivery based on individual circumstances and will continue to notify faculty should students report a positive COVID-19 test result through DawgCheck.

High quality CPR includes both chest compressions and breaths using a CPR face shield or CPR mask; however, as in any situation, if you do not have access to a shield or you do not feel comfortable providing breaths, you can provide only chest compressions (also called “Hands Only CPR”). Should someone need CPR, first call 911. Have someone call 911 for you or place your cell phone on speaker mode. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. You should compress the chest 100 to 120 times per minute. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Hands Only CPR method.

All individuals on campus are required to follow posted signage. Signage will communicate important information including, but not limited to:

  • Protocol reminders
  • Building entrance and exit points
  • Floor decals denoting six feet of distance for wait areas and lines
  • Occupancy limits in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces
  • Building-specific instructions, such as for laboratory work

The university will also regularly communicate with campus community members about protocols and other changes through emails, social media posts and updates to the COVID-19 website.

If you are a student, you should work through the Disability Resource Center’s (DRC) existing accommodations process. DRC professional staff work directly with students to assess their individual needs and to develop appropriate plans for accommodations and services. If you have questions regarding a COVID-19 accommodation, please contact the DRC at drc@uga.edu or 706-542-8719. Click here for more information.

If you are a staff or faculty member, you should work through the University’s existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations process.

USG provides an employee assistance program to employees and family members with free, comprehensive support through the KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-844-243-4440.

UGA also offers additional support for employees, including:

  • Grief Counseling through MetLife (USG life insurance). Call 1-888-319-7819 for more information.
  • Kiz Adams/Human Resources, UGA Well-being Coordinator. Email wellbeing@uga.edu or call 706-542-7319.
  • The database of mental health professionals in the Athens area can be found here.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate based on the CDC’s most up-to-date recommendations which can be found here.

According to guidance provided by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health, fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks after completion of vaccine series) individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 may refrain from quarantine if remaining asymptomatic. They should mask for 14 days following exposure or until a negative test is received. Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 should have a COVID-19 test at 3-5 days post exposure. If that test is negative, they may discontinue masking if they remain asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days after exposure.

Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. While the CDC recommends a full 14-day quarantine, if you are asymptomatic, alternative quarantine options are available. Effective January 4, 2021, the University of Georgia will allow the CDC’s 10-day option for quarantine for those who are in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, those exercising the 10-day option must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period.

Click here to read more about the CDC’s revised quarantine guidelines and USG’s implementation.

We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to voluntarily take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (test to be administered between days 8 and 10). These tests are administered for free to the campus community by the UGA Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

  • If the test is negative, the individual may return to campus, but MUST continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms through 14 days. If new symptoms occur, the individual must not come to campus and must seek further testing/evaluation.
  • If the test is positive at the end of the 10-day period, the individual must begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test. All students, faculty and stuff must report positive COVID-19 tests through DawgCheck.

Guidance for Students:

Students who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from the University Health Center. Please isolate until you can be assessed and do not walk in. For everyone’s safety, the Health Center is seeing patients 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. 

Guidance for UGA Employees:

Employees who believe they have been directly exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should seek care from a healthcare provider and may be required to self-quarantine. During this time, employees should not come to work and should inform their manager. Managers have the discretion to determine if an employee’s duties and responsibilities can reasonably be performed from an employee’s home location, and, when they can, the manager may elect to offer the employee the option to telework.

Guidance for UGA Employees:

Per CDC guidance, if you have been fully vaccinated [i.e., it has been two weeks since your final vaccine dose or you have had COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)], you do not need to quarantine if you come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. You may continue to come to work as you normally do. However, monitoring yourself for symptoms is still recommended. The CDC recommends that you test 3-5 days after the last exposure and strongly recommends wearing a mask until a COVID test is negative or for 14 days. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you have not been fully vaccinated, or it has been over three months since you had COVID-19, you are required to quarantine for 10 days. 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 10-day period of quarantine.

It is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, on Day 8 or 9 of quarantine. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time while quarantining, you must report the positive test to the University via DawgCheck. You will then be required to isolate for a period of 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken, using accrued leave or LWOP.

Guidance for Students:

Per CDC guidance, if you have been fully vaccinated [i.e., it has been two weeks since your final vaccine dose or you have had COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)], you do not need to quarantine if you come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. You may continue to attend class and activities as you normally do, but you should monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. The CDC recommends that you test 3-5 days after the last exposure and strongly recommends wearing a mask until a COVID test is negative or for 14 days. For information on where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal.

If you have not been fully vaccinated or it has been over three months since you had COVID-19, you should report your potential exposure via DawgCheck. If you live in on-campus housing, case managers in Student Care and Outreach (SCO) can help you to determine if quarantining is necessary. If quarantine is warranted, you will not be allowed to stay in your residence hall during the quarantine period and will be encouraged to return home. If this is not a viable option, SCO can arrange for housing and meal delivery. 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. It is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, on Day 8 or 9 of quarantine. 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 10 days from the date the COVID-19 test was taken. SCO will continue to assist you during this period.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, 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. Student Care and Outreach can help with various means of support, and the Health Center can assist with medical assessment and testing. Students should contact Student Care and Outreach to discuss the option that is best suited for their individual circumstance.

Employees should not come to work when they are sick and should self-isolate until they can determine the cause through consultation with their healthcare provider. This requires the appropriate use of available leave. If an employee appears to be exhibiting symptoms associated with coronavirus while at work, a manager should excuse the employee from work and advise them to seek care from their healthcare provider. 

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: https://publichealth.uga.edu/coronavirus/local-testing/

Public health officials strongly encourage people who test positive to notify those with whom they have had close contact, and in many cases, this is the most effective way to notify those who have been exposed.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you are required to report those results through DawgCheck.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

You can learn more about quarantine and isolation on the CDC website.

Students showing symptoms should schedule an appointment with your UHC Primary Care Provider by calling 706-542-1162 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m). Please DO NOT walk-in. All others, please contact your community healthcare provider.

All patients arriving at the University Health Center with cough, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and respiratory issues will be masked to protect other patients as we evaluate the cause of their illness. All patients will be asked to provide a travel history to determine if they are at risk for coronavirus. We are also mindful of the increased stress caused by the situation.

The University System of Georgia encourages everyone—whether vaccinated or not—to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. However, face coverings and social distancing are not required.

Any students who want face coverings can pick them up at no cost at Information Desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center.

Follow this link to learn more about proper masks and masking behaviors.