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The safety of our UWG COMMUNITY is our priority

UWG faculty and staff are working hard to continue face-to-face instruction, programs, and services for Spring 2021.

Things to Know

THINGS TO KNOW

Report COVID Status

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We continue to monitor COVID-19 and to take safety actions as warranted. We are operating in conjunction with our local, state, and national health agencies to include regular updates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the University System of Georgia (USG). UWG’s president established a task force composed of leaders from across campus who are working to continually assess the institution’s readiness plans and execute protocols related to medical health and safety, business continuity, emergency preparedness, and travel.

Faculty/staff monitoring is a process for employees to assess their health status and readiness for work. This process is aligned with CDC and DPH health monitoring guidelines.

  • Employees must follow self-monitoring and self-reporting protocols on a daily basis.
  • Employees will utilize an electronic self-reporting application for efficient processing and assessment.
  • Employees will self-report by answering the following questions on a daily basis:
    • Do you have a temperature of 100.4F or greater without the use of fever reducing medication?
    • Are you exhibiting any of the symptoms for a potential COVID-19 infection? Symptoms are listed on the CDC website.
    • If yes to the above, the employee will attest to symptoms being related to COVID-19 or not.
    • Have you been in close contact with an individual who has confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 
    • Have you traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days?
  • Employees will be provided guidance on steps they need to follow based on their response to these questions. 

Employees who receive notification of a positive test for COVID-19 should follow the COVID-19 Reporting Process outlined here. UWG officials will notify GDPH, which will begin contact tracing, and individuals who the affected employee may have come into close contact with will be notified. UWG Human Resources will also contact the employee’s supervisor and other relevant parties, such as the Vice President, the Medical Director of Health Services, Campus Planning and Facilities and the Senior Benefits Administrator for leave tracking.

  • Step 1:  Employee will report COVID-19 illness to the Human Resources COVID-19 Response Team at  (678) 839-6111  or covid-hr@westga.edu.
  • Step 2:  Human Resources will notify the supervisor and their respective Vice President. HR will also notify the Medical Director and Campus Planning and Facilities as needed.  
  • Step 3:  The Medical Director or Human Resources will notify GDPH to initiate contact tracing. 
  • Step 4:  The Vice President will notify the President’s Office to provide USG notification. 

Employees will follow a Return to Work Process as follows: 

  • Employee is tested and tests negative:

Employee may return to work with HR approval. Contact the COVID Response Team at covid-hr@westga.edu or 678-839-6111.

  • Employee is tested and is positive for COVID-19:

CDC recommends isolation be maintained for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least three (3) days after recovery. Employee may then return to work with HR approval. Contact the COVID Response Team at covid-hr@westga.edu or 678-839-6111.

  • Employee is not tested but presumed to have COVID-19:

CDC recommends isolation be maintained for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least three (3) days after recovery. Employee may then return to work with HR approval. Contact the COVID Response Team at covid-hr@westga.edu or 678-839-6111.

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