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 October 28, 2020, we are aware of a total of 130 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.

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

Higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19?

Students who fall into one of the CDC categories for being at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 may self-identify and request a reasonable alternative educational arrangement. Students who believe that they fall into one of the risk categories must submit a request for an alternative educational agreement. Students must submit medical documentation demonstrating that the student has one of the underlying medical conditions as part of the request. Students may make a request for a reasonable alternative educational arrangement by contacting Disability Services.

If a student requests an alternative educational arrangement based on one of the qualifying risk categories and provides supporting documentation, then Disability Services will engage in an interactive process with the student to determine if a reasonable alternative educational arrangement is available. This process will be similar to the way Disability Services addresses ADA and Section 504 accommodation requests from students with disabilities and/or temporary impairments.

Contact Disability Services CDC COVID-19 Increased Risk Information

Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have any symptoms, you should go to a Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing site. You must self-isolate until the testing results are back. If the results are negative, you must still self-isolate for 10 days since symptom onset.

You may return to campus when the following are met: 

  • You remain fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours, and
  • You show improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and
  • It has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared.
  • COVID -19 testing prior to returning is recommended, but not required. 

COVID-19 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

From the CDC

If you are sickCDC coronavirus information and resources

Exposure notification from GDPH or others?

If notified of an exposure by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) or a person who has tested positive, you must remove yourself from campus for 14 days, even if you are not showing symptoms. While you await test results, you must remain at home in self-isolation and keep your mentor/dean informed of your return-to-campus status.

Obtain a test for COVID-19 at least once during your quarantine. If you have no symptoms, the test should take place on the tenth day of quarantine to allow for more accurate results.

Obtain a test earlier 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

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.

Testing for COVID-19?

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.

Testing Resources

Positive COVID-19 test: you or your classmate?

I've tested positive for COVID-19

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 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.

Classmate tested positive for COVID-19

If a positive test is confirmed among your segmented classmates, all of you will self-quarantine for 14 days and the course will proceed online (remember: you’re not coming to every class meeting). The instructor will also be in self-quarantine and will teach online. Remember too that your instructor teaches more than one class. Since he/she will be in quarantine, all his/her classes will be online; thus, your class may have to go online for a period of time even if no one in your class has tested positive.

Georgia Department of Public Health has established a public COVID-19 helpline with information about testing and services at 866-PUB-HLTH (866.782.4584).

From the CDC

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

Contact tracing?

Contact tracing is done by the Gwinnett Department of Public Health. If a community member gets a positive test, he/she will be interviewed to determine those who have been in contact with the person testing positive, and those people will be contacted.

If contacted by the Department of Public Health, it is critical that you answer the call and follow the directions given in their entirety.

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:

  • You remain fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours, and
  • You show improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g.,cough, shortness of breath), and
  • It has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared.
  • 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 requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.

Face covering use is in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code.

Masks are not required in housing suites or rooms, when a person is alone in an enclosed space or study room, or in an outdoor setting where social distancing measures are met.

Persons who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons may request an exemption.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

GGC Health Services and appointments for students?

Health Services does not offer COVID-19 testing.

Walk-in visits are not available for Fall semester. 

Call Health Services at 678.407.5229 for the following student services: 

  • Appointment availability
  • 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