Throughout the University of Georgia’s (UGA) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UGA remained focused on the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. This commitment has never wavered, and it remains a guiding tenet.

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Efforts to Create a Safe Environment on Campus Involved:

  • Following best practices from the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Taking a gradual and phased approach for employees returning to work and students returning to campus.
  • Providing training modules for supervisors, employees and students.
  • Issuing reusable and washable cloth face coverings to all students, staff and faculty and strongly encouraging their use while on campus when mask mandates were in effect.
  • Requiring all employees to self-monitor and acknowledge that they were not aware they had signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus each day during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols across campus.
  • Providing technical assistance and resources to supervisors to assist them in their efforts to create a safer work environment prior to the return of all students, staff and faculty.
  • Using reminder signage and other communications to encourage all members of our community and visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Conducting a voluntary and free surveillance testing program for asymptomatic members of the UGA community in addition to free testing for symptomatic students at the University Health Center. 
  • Maintaining a stock of rooms to accommodate students from residence halls who had limited options and needed to isolate after testing positive or quarantine after being exposed through a close contact.
  • Implementing a phased vaccination plan for the UGA community, guided by the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Public Health, that ensures that everyone who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine.

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