COVID-19 Information

Hospital and Community Practice Clinic Operations

We are looking forward to welcoming clients back into our Community Practice Clinic as of June 7 and our hospital as of June 14, 2021. Please review the below guidelines in preparation for your visit:

  • Only two clients will be allowed inside per appointment time slot
  • Based on CDC and UGA guidance, clients who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while at our facility. Additionally, all clients will be required to wear a face covering when in our clinical spaces (i.e., exam rooms). If you forget to bring a face covering, one will be provided.
  • For clients with health concerns, or for those from a COVID positive household, we will continue to offer curbside service. Please stay in your vehicle and call us upon arrival for assistance.

For information about UGA’s COVID-19 response, visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/

Returning to Campus

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms include fever or 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, and diarrhea.

What should I do if I start to develop symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms (see above):
    1. Go home immediately or stay home.
    2. Report your symptoms on DawgCheck.
    3. Seek medical advice as soon as possible. Students should consult either a personal physician or the University Health Center: 706-542-1162. Appointments at the UHC can also be made online. Your healthcare provider will determine whether a test for COVID-19 is necessary.
    4. Graduate students: notify your direct supervisor. DVM students: inform the CVM Office of Academic Affairs.
      1. First and second-year students should contact Mary Hondalus (hondalus@uga.edu), and third and fourth-year students should contact Michelle Barton (bartonmh@uga.edu).
    5. Contact Student Care and Outreach: sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774

While on the Classic Campus and at the VMC

Where and when should I wear a face covering?

  • Effective May 13th, 2021, face coverings are no longer required in most buildings on campus with notable exceptions in clinical areas within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Community Practice Clinic, and the Diagnostic Labs.
  • Face coverings will still be required in all diagnostic and clinical spaces.
  • Personnel and students working in non-clinical spaces may elect not to wear a face covering.

What are the hours for CVM buildings?

  • The doors to the lobbies on the Classic Campus remain unlocked between 7AM and 6PM Monday-Friday. Otherwise, all doors are UGACard-access only.
  • The VTH is UGACard-access only until it reopens for clients in June 14, and the Station is open during normal business hours.

What should I do if I begin to feel sick at school?

  1. Go home immediately
  2. Seek medical advice. Students should consult either a personal physician or the University Health Center: 706-542-1162. Appointments at the UHC can also be made online. Your physician will determine whether a test for COVID-19 is necessary.
  3. Graduate students: notify your direct supervisor. DVM students: inform the CVM Office of Academic Affairs.
    1. First and second-year students should contact Mary Hondalus (hondalus@uga.edu) and third and fourth-year students should contact Michelle Barton (bartonmh@uga.edu).
  4. Contact Student Care and Outreach: sco@uga.edu or 706-542-7774
  5. If you test positive, report your positive test on DawgCheck.

CDC guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Classes and Clinics

How will class look?

  • Effective May 13th, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals can resume campus classes and other activities without physically distancing or wearing a mask. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue socially distancing from others when possible and wearing a face covering while inside campus facilities.
  • Consistent with University System of Georgia guidance, the College is planning for in-person instruction with social/physical distancing through this summer.
  • Beginning fall 2021, the university will return to normal operations.
  • More on the return to normal operations can be found here.

Clinics

  • All personnel must wear a face covering on the clinic floor when actively managing a patient in a close, group setting, regardless of their vaccination status. For example, when working with others to assess a patient in an exam room or treatment space as well as when performing diagnostics or anesthetizing a patient, etc.
  • Students and personnel in non-clinical areas may elect not to wear face coverings.

Will rooms be cleaned between classes?

  • No. All rooms will be cleaned once a day, though FMD is available for deep cleaning as needed. Cleaning wipes will be available, and we ask that students and faculty clean their work surfaces as necessary throughout the day

Exposure, Testing and Self-Quarantine

Where can I be tested for COVID-19?

  • Symptomatic students can receive testing at the University Health Center. Please call (706-542-1162) or go online to book an appointment. It is also possible to schedule an appointment at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s testing site at 1030 Mitchell Bridge Road. Please call beforehand for screening (706-340-0996).
  • Asymptomatic members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in surveillance testing at the University Health Center. Sign up for an appointment here: https://clia.vetview.vet.uga.edu/.

Can I come to class while I await results?

  • If you have symptoms or have been diagnosed as a presumptive positive case, please self-quarantine as recommended by a medical professional. If you have prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive, please self-quarantine as recommended by a medical professional.

What is considered an exposure?

  • The CDC considers an exposure to be a prolonged period (greater than 15 minutes) of close contact (less than 6 feet) with any person currently showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive but has not shown symptoms. This includes those who have contacted these individuals in the 2 days before symptom onset or a positive test.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic. Note that being fully vaccinated means it has been at least 14 days since receiving the final dose of a vaccine series.

What should I do if I test positive or if I have been exposed?

  1. Report this exposure to the Office of Academic Affairs.
    • First and second-year students should contact Mary Hondalus (hondalus@uga.edu) and third and fourth-year students should contact Michelle Barton (bartonmh@uga.edu).
  2. Contact the University Health Center to schedule an appointment for a test.
  3. Follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
    • If you have symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days since symptoms have appeared and for at least 24 hours after your fever has dissipated without the use of fever-reducing medications and your symptoms have improved.
    • If you have no symptoms and have tested positive, self-quarantine for 10 days after your positive test.
    • If you are not vaccinated and have been exposed, self-isolate for 14 days after exposure. Monitor your symptoms following the guide here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html
  4. If you test positive, report your positive test on DawgCheck.

What should I do if my roommate becomes sick?

  • First and second-year students should contact Mary Hondalus (hondalus@uga.edu) and third and fourth-year students should contact Michelle Barton (bartonmh@uga.edu).
  • Quarantine is not required if you are fully vaccinated (i.e., it has been 14-days since receiving the final dose of a vaccine series) and remain asymptomatic,
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, if you can, safely go to another location to isolate or quarantine. Otherwise, follow the instructions here: gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
  • You may also contact Student Care and Outreach (https://sco.uga.edu/) for help.
    1. Email: sco@uga.edu
    2. Phone: 706-542-7774

Vaccinations

What information is available about vaccinations?

  • Vaccines are available to all UGA community members as well as their eligible dependents and spouses as well as visitors to campus engaged in research, academic or non-academic summer engagement/transition opportunities; those visiting campus as part of Orientation; and active employees and (primarily) students enrolled at other USG institutions who live in the Athens vicinity. This service will continue throughout the summer and fall.
  • We are scheduling appointments for students and employees through the UHC Vaccine PortalFor all others, please submit this survey at https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDI3Y9XrWdltlEW, and the UHC will reach out to you to schedule the appointment directly. Please note that the UHC will provide second doses to any student, even if they have graduated before the date of their second dose is due.