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. 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 <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: 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

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.