Date: March 6, 2020
To: GGC Community
From: Public Safety, Chief Terrance Schneider
Subject: Awareness Statement GGC Coronavirus (COVID-19) MSG #3

Dear GGC Community,

As GGC’s spring break comes to a close and students, faculty and staff prepare to return to campus after a much needed break, it is important to be mindful of the recommended precautions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and the University System of Georgia recommends students, faculty and staff returning from countries at a Level 3 or higher designation should self-monitor for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Students who are self-monitoring should notify their instructors to make alternative learning arrangements. Faculty and staff who are self-monitoring should contact the Office of Payroll and Benefits for guidance regarding leave options and teleworking opportunities.

Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever (temperature of 100.4 or greater is considered a fever) by taking their temperatures twice a day, morning and evening, waiting 30 minutes or more after eating or drinking. A daily log of temperature and any symptoms should be maintained. If an individual presents with any symptoms (Fever, Dry Cough, Shortness of Breath) during the self-monitoring period, they should immediately contact the DPH at 1-866-782-4584 and seek medical assistance. Countries that have been issued level 3 warnings include: China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. The full list of travel notices is available on the CDC website.

Students, faculty, and staff should follow these steps to prevent the transmission of respiratory infections:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, especially with a fever.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

The full list of preventive measures and other important information may be found on the GGC Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

GGC’s Administration continues to coordinate with the DPH, the CDC, and the University System of Georgia to monitor the situation and is making preparations. According to DPH, the immediate health risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time. Campus is currently operating as usual and classes are meeting.

The Office of Public Safety will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as conditions warrant to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Terrance Schneider
AVP Operations/Chief of Police