Date: March 31, 2020
To: GGC Community
From: Public Safety, Chief Terrance Schneider
Subject: Updated GGC Health Alert System

Dear GGC Community,

Beginning today, all notifications of positive cases of COVID-19 at Georgia Gwinnett College will be reported on a daily basis on the following webpage: COVID -19 Exposure and Health Alerts. The reporting structure follows the format adopted by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). These daily reports will replace the individual email notifications that we have used thus far to report cases.

If you test positive for COVID-19, and are a GGC employee, please immediately contact Sandra Schneider at sschneid@ggc.edu or by telephone at 678.407.5054. If you are a GGC student please contact Diane White at dwhite9@ggc.edu or by telephone at 678.407.5934.

After a positive test is reported, the staff will reach out to affected areas so that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. GGC Facilities will also determine what, if any, additional cleaning or building closures are required.

If you have not tested positive, but are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

If you have been ill and want to return to work after exposure or illness, you are asked to follow these CDC and Department of Public Health Guidelines:

  • If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you are not showing symptoms of illness, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. If you do not develop symptoms, you may return to work.
  • If you are symptomatic of COVID-19 or any general illness (use the guidelines at: CDC Guidance – When you are sick) CDC guidance requires that the following three conditions are met before you discontinue isolation:
    • No fever for 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
    • Improved symptoms (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    • Allowing at least 7 days to pass since symptoms started

In addition, if you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had close contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay at home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For members of the Georgia Gwinnett College community, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19 are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

While we understand the concerns and fear around COVID-19, it is extremely important to stay calm and maintain a close eye on your health and any symptoms that may arise. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Terrance Schneider
AVP Operations/Chief of Police