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 July 28, 2021, we are aware of a total of 402 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

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 and you are not fully vaccinated, you must remove yourself from campus for 10 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 DO NOT have symptoms, get a test five days or more after your last exposure. The quarantine period can be shortened as follows for individuals who are experiencing no symptoms and not residing in a congregate facility, if all of the following criteria are met.

Close contacts may:

  • Quarantine for 7 days following their date of last exposure if ...
    • they test negative (molecular or antigen) for COVID-19 on or after day 5
      AND
    • have not shown signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during their quarantine period.

OR

  • Quarantine for 10 days following their date of last exposure if ...
    • they have not had a COVID-19 test since their date of last exposure
      AND
    • have not shown signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during their 10-day quarantine period.

If individuals meet the criteria to end quarantine after either day 7 or day 10, it is required that the individuals continue to do the following through day 14:

  • Practice social distancing, i.e., maintain 6 feet distance from others.
  • Wear a face mask when around others.
    • Face coverings should not be placed on children less than 2 years old or anyone who is having trouble breathing.
  • Continue proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others.

If individuals develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after their shortened quarantine period ends, but within 14 days from the date of last exposure to the individual with COVID-19, they should immediately isolate and make arrangements to get tested for COVID-19.

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

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?

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.

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?

Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities on campus without wearing a mask. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a face covering while on the GGC campus, both indoors and outdoors.

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

COVID-19 vaccines?

Find COVID-19 vaccine information from the following sources: