COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates
On this page, we will provide a weekly total of positive test results reported for the previous week. The weekly total will be updated every Wednesday. As of July 21, 2021, 1 student and 1 employee have reported testing positive for COVID-19 during the week of July 14-20. While all positive cases from the previous week will be reported, UWG is aware that not all of the individuals who tested positive would have been on campus upon their diagnosis or during their illness.
Please continue to practice appropriate preventative strategies recommended by the CDC.
Report a Positive COVID-19 Test
- Students – Report a positive COVID-19 test or close contact (see below for a definition for close contact) through the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form.
- Faculty and Staff – Contact the Human Resources COVID-19 Response Team at 678-839-6111 or email@example.com.
What Exposure Means
If you have been identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must self-quarantine for 10 days from the time you were last in contact with that person. The CDC and GDPH have specific guidelines for determining close contacts and for self-quarantine for close contacts.
If you have been fully vaccinated and it has been two weeks since the second injection (for Pfizer and Moderna) or the single shot (Johnson & Johnson) OR if you have had a positive antigen or PCR test (not an antibody test) for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to self-quarantine, but you do need to monitor for symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
What counts as close contact?*
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
If you are identified as a “close contact,” stay home and monitor your health*
- Stay home for 10-14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
If you are not identified as a close contact, you do not have to self-quarantine. Note that based on the definition of close contact as listed above, classes that have social distancing in place will not require notification if a student or a faculty member tests positive for COVID-19 or is diagnosed with COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information in Georgia
In addition to the data reported on this page, we encourage you to access the Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website. The GDPH collects and posts data specific to all 159 Georgia counties on its Daily Status Report. You can scroll to the state map and hover over the desired county to see the latest information on count and trend lines.
When UWG learns of positive cases, they are reported to the DPH in a timely manner and in the county where individuals are currently located. Therefore, the DPH Daily Status Report provides members of our community an accurate and relevant assessment of the number of cases in the areas where they live and work.
Respecting Individual Privacy
Members of the University of West Georgia community have legitimate interests in information about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic within our campus communities in the west Georgia region. However, we are legally obligated to keep the sensitive health information of our students, faculty, and staff confidential. The university’s objective is to share relevant and reliable data to inform our campus community while also respecting individual privacy.