The following information is routinely updated in an effort to keep the campus community informed of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts our campus members. It is based on the most reliable information currently available to Georgia Gwinnett College.

As of May 4, 2022, we are aware of a total of 897 members of the GGC community (comprising more than 13,900 faculty, staff and students) who have self-reported testing positive for COVID-19 since mid-March 2020.

January 2022 – Present

WeekNumber of Self-reported Cases: EmployeesNumber of Self-reported Cases: Students
4/27/2022 – 5/4/202249
4/21/2022 – 4/27/202215
4/13/2022 – 4/21/202200
4/6/2022 – 4/13/202200
3/30/2022 – 4/6/202200
3/24/2022 – 3/30/202220
3/16/2022 – 3/24/202200
3/9/2022 – 3/16/202200
3/2/2022 – 3/9/202201
2/23/2022 – 3/2/202212
2/16/2022 – 2/23/202233
2/9/2022 – 2/16/202229
2/2/2022 – 2/9/2022613
1/26/2022 – 2/2/2022519
1/19/2022 – 1/26/20221040
1/12/2022 – 1/19/20222033
1/5/2022 – 1/12/202272
12/22/2021 – 1/5/2022* (two week period due to Winter break)201

September 2021 – December 2021

WeekNumber of Self-reported Cases
12/15/2021 – 12/22/20214
12/8/2021 – 12/15/20211
12/2/2021 – 12/8/20210
11/24/2021 – 12/2/20211
11/17/2021 – 11/24/20213
11/10/2021 – 11/17/20215
11/03/2021 – 11/10/20214
10/20/2021 – 11/03/20215
10/20/2021 – 10/27/20214
10/13/2021 – 10/20/202112
10/06/2021 – 10/13/20219
09/29/2021 – 10/06/202111
09/22/2021 – 09/29/202126

GGC remains committed to proactively educating and reminding faculty, staff and students of best practices in prevention, both on and off campus. The Public Health FAQ page continues to be an important source of information and is constantly updated as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 Health and Exposure

Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever (measured temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or you feel feverish)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

From the CDC

If you are sickCDC coronavirus information and resources

Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have any symptoms, you should go to a Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing site.

Isolation

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • 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.

Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

From the CDC

When to QuarantineIf you are sickCDC coronavirus information and resources

Exposure notification from GDPH or others?

Students

Students who are notified of an exposure by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) or a person who has tested positive and are not fully vaccinated, must remove themselves from campus for 10 days, even if you are not showing symptoms. While awaiting test results, students must remain at home in self-isolation and keep their mentor / dean / instructors informed of their return-to-campus status.

If you have tested positive at any testing site or facility, please self-report using the COVID-19 Student Form.

Self-reporting assists with internal tracing for reporting to the University System of Georgia. No identifier information will be sent, only aggregate data for the college. To help determine the risk of potential exposure to coworkers and others on campus, exposed individuals will be contacted by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and all tracing will be done by the GDPH in collaboration with the GGC point of contact.

Faculty and Staff Quarantine Instructions

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and 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.
  • 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.

Contact Sandy Schneider, Payroll and Benefits, at 678.407.5054 or email benefits@ggc.edu. Additional assistance / instructions on requirements for absences and return to work will be provided.

Obtain a test in your quarantine if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (measured temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or you feel feverish)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Positive COVID-19 test?

I've tested positive for COVID-19

Students

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have recovered.

If you have tested positive at any testing site or facility, please self-report using the COVID-19 Student Form.

Self-reporting assists with internal tracing for reporting to the University System of Georgia. No identifier information will be sent, only aggregate data for the college. To help determine the risk of potential exposure to students and others on campus, exposed individuals who use the student self-report form will be contacted by GGC's contact tracer.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff who test positive should stay home from work and contact their health care provider as well as the local department of public health.

Isolation

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • 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.

Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Employees should contact Sandra Schneider, Payroll and Benefits, at 678.407.5054 or email benefits@ggc.edu for additional assistance / instructions on requirements for absences and return to work. Test results should be provided to Payroll and Benefits so they may handle appropriate notifications while ensuring confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Faculty notifications will be made to the Provost's office by Payroll and Benefits. Payroll and Benefits will maintain contact with employees during the period of their illness.

If well enough to work from home, faculty and staff may be allowed to perform their duties virtually for 5 calendar days. Supervisor approval is required for any telework. If the nature of an employee’s work does not allow for telework, accumulated sick leave time must be used. Provost approval is required for all faculty requests where a temporary change of instructional format (online  /telework) is warranted. If an employee is not completely recovered by the end of the 5-calendar day period, employees will be transitioned to a sick leave status under applicable leave options to focus on their recovery. As a reminder, after five continuous days of any sick related absence, employees are to provide medical documentation to Payroll and Benefits to support appropriate review of leave options.

From the CDC

If you are sickWhen can I be around others?CDC coronavirus information and resources

Contact tracing?

Students

When a student fills out a COVID-19 Student Self-Report Form, they can expect a call from GGC’s contact tracer within the next 24 hours. The contact tracer will discuss with the student the information they disclosed on the report form, which will help to determine the following:

  • Possible start of the student’s infectious period
  • Expected duration of their isolation, and
  • Identification of students or faculty/staff members who were their possible close contacts (A close contact, as defined by the CDC and DPH, is anyone who was within six feet of the positive case for more than 15 minutes during the time that the self-reporting student was possibly infectious.)

The information shared in the self-report form and over the phone between the positive student case and the contact tracer will remain confidential.

Students who are identified as possible close contacts will receive an email from the contact tracer informing them of possible exposure, with detailed information about when to get tested for COVID-19 and for how long to quarantine (if necessary). They may also receive a call from the contact tracer to help clarify what steps the close contact needs to make. Please note that the contact tracer cannot disclose or confirm the identities of any positive cases to close contacts.

In addition, the contact tracer may call at day 5 of quarantine/isolation to check in with the student and determine whether they can end their quarantine / isolation by their initial expected date or if additional days are needed.

Contact Tracing and the Classroom

If a student confirms to the contact tracer that they attended any classes while possibly infectious, the contact tracer will reach out to those respective professors to request a seating chart and attendance sheet, or otherwise a record of the seating arrangement for the class session date(s) in question.

In addition, should a student tell a faculty member that they have COVID-19, the faculty member should refer them to fill out the COVID-19 student report form. The class continues in person as normal, and arrangements in terms of make-up work should be made between the student and the faculty member. The contact tracer cannot speak on behalf of a student for make-up work requests, nor can the contact tracer confirm to faculty if a student submitted a report form.

Faculty

Faculty notifications will be made to the Provost’s office by Payroll and Benefits.

Employees who test positive, please refer to the information under “Positive COVID-19 test?” question in the Public Health FAQ.

When to return to campus after self-isolation?

Georgia Gwinnett College is requiring a symptom-free based recovery strategy in accordance with Georgia Department of Public Health guidance. You are considered recovered and may return to campus when the following are met:

  • 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.
  • COVID-19 testing prior to returning is recommended, but not required.

From the CDC

When can I be around others?CDC coronavirus information and resources

Face coverings?

The University System of Georgia and GGC work closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and encourage people to wear masks based on their preference and assessment of personal risk. People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

GGC Health Services and appointments for students?

Health Services does not offer COVID-19 testing. 

Health Services is available for the following student services: 

  • Appointments
  • To get first-aid items such as ice packs, heat packs, thermometers, bandages
  • To pick up other items, such as over-the-counter medications or condoms
CDC coronavirus information and resources

Vaccines and testing for COVID-19?

Vaccine Resources

Find COVID-19 vaccine and testing information from the following sources:

On Campus Drop-in Vaccination Dates

GGC partners with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus for Pfizer-BioNTech first and second vaccine doses and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single vaccine dose. CORE will also offer booster shots.

Student Center, third-floor lounge
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June

Testing Resources

Free testing for COVID-19 is available from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Testing may also be available through your primary care physician or local pharmacy clinic. GGC does not offer COVID-19 testing on campus.