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.

Fully Vaccinated

Any fully vaccinated person who experiences COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and be tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated.

Unvaccinated

Isolate for 10 days, get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and even if you receive negative test results you must still self-isolate for 10 days since symptom onset. 
 
You may return to campus when the following are met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

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

From the CDC

When to QuarantineIf you are sickCDC coronavirus information and resources

Exposure notification from GDPH or others?

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 who are exposed and unvaccinated should stay home from work for 10 calendar days and 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 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

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

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. 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 Office of the Provost 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 14 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 14-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 7 and day 10 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:

  • 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?

Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.

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:

Health Services supports the institutional goals of Georgia Gwinnett College in assisting the holistic development of students, spanning the six dimensions of wellness. We're staffed with a nurse practitioner and medical assistant, and students can receive care for minor injuries and illnesses, as well as diagnostic testing. Basic over-the-counter medications, condoms, and health promotion and education materials are also provided.

Health Services goals

  • Promote illness prevention through health promotion and education
  • Provide health care services, acute care, primary care and preventive services to all enrolled students

Medical affiliation

Health Services has partnered with Dr. Tasha K. Feaster. Students have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with the nurse practitioner for a wide range of needs. For more information, please contact Health Services.

GGC services to promote health and wellness

Interested in becoming a medical professional?

Explore GGC's Nursing program with the School of Health Sciences or academic interests to prepare you for professions in the medical field.