The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued updated guidance related to isolation and quarantine for those who have tested positive for or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Isolation
If you test positive for COVID-19, everyone (regardless of vaccination status) must:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
  • After 5 days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
  • After ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.

Quarantine
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are:

  • Boosted, or have become fully vaccinated within the last 6 months (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or within the last 2 months (J&J vaccine):
    • You do not need to quarantine at home.
    • You should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • If possible, get tested on day 5.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.
  • Unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than 2 months ago (J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster:
    • You must quarantine at home for 5 days.  After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If possible, get tested on day 5.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

As a reminder, UWG Health Services stands ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) to all students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members 16 years of age or older for Pfizer and 18 and older for Moderna. 

Additionally, if you’ve been fully vaccinated for six months and are 18 years old or older, you are eligible to receive your booster shot for free at UWG. Call Health Services at 678-839-6452 to schedule an appointment today.

Health Services also has COVID-19 tests available for students. Call 678-839-6452 to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment.

 

Additional Guidance

The following pages reflect current University System of Georgia guidance, all of which is still in effect:

USG Guidance – July 12

USG Guidance – May 13

 

USG Guidance – July 30

General Covid-19 Update

The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to get vaccinated either on campus or with a local provider. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.

The system continues to work closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to prioritize the health and safety of our campus communities.

COVID-19-Related Leave

COVID-19-specific leave for isolation and quarantine is no longer available.

  • Employees who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure may telework during this time with the approval of their supervisor. The nature of their position influences whether an employee is able to telework since some positions are not able to be performed remotely.

    • Any change in the modality for a class requires the approval of the Provost’s office. Change in modality is subject to an end date and is correlated to isolation or quarantine timelines.

    • Department chairs will make arrangements for class coverage when faculty are unable to teach due to illness.

    • Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine.

  • When telework is not possible, employees who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 must use their accumulated leave to be away from work.

Reminder: No institution may change the overall modality of its instruction.

Employees may continue to use COVID-19 Vaccine leave in order to receive the vaccine and if they experience side effects from receiving the vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine leave is not permanent leave and may conclude as early as August 29, 2021, at the end of the State of Emergency for Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery declared in the Governor’s Executive Order No. 06.30.21.01.

We encourage employees who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to do so and to use this leave while it is available. An employee may take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, an employee may also take up to sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave if he or she receives a COVID-19 vaccine and experiences severe negative side effects that prohibit the performance of their duties of employment.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Contact Tracing

Institutions should continue to follow their existing practices related to contact tracing/notification. Only designated individuals on a campus may engage in contact tracing/contact notification.

Quarantine and Isolation

The expectations for quarantine and isolation (for individuals who test positive for COVID-19) remain the same and are in alignment with DPH Guidelines. Faculty should be prepared to accommodate students who are required to go into quarantine or isolation.