COVID-19 Information

Hospital and Community Practice Clinic Operations

Our Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Community Practice Clinic are dedicated to providing excellent healthcare to the animals in our region. To ensure continued medical service and the safety of our staff and clients, we are requiring face coverings and limiting the number of people within our facilities by instituting a patient curbside drop-off service. Your pet will still receive the same excellent care and have access to all of our specialty services. Please bring a face covering to use while interacting with our staff during the drop-off/pick-up process and have a cell phone available so we can reach you to discuss your pet’s medical history and treatment plan and provide any necessary updates.

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UGA’s return to campus

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

Before Returning to Campus

What should I do each day before classes begin?

  • Monitor your health and take your temperature daily. The health of our community is our top priority. As of August 10th, a new self-screening tool called DawgCheck is available for faculty, staff, and students. Daily screenings with the tool are critical to ensure the health and safety of our campus and community.
  • DawgCheck is available online at uga.edu/ and in the UGA app on iOS. If you have questions, visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/support for more information.
  • Don’t forget your face covering when you come 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

What can I do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission?

  • Wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, clean and disinfect any high-touch objects (e.g., doorknobs, desks, personal and public devices, etc.), avoid sharing belongings with others, wash your hands regularly—especially before touching your face—and sneeze and cough into your elbow.

Where and when should I wear a face covering?

  • The University System of Georgia requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear appropriate face coverings in all campus facilities/buildings where six-feet physical distancing may not always be possible. The use of a face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing, but rather should be used in addition to safe physical distancing practices.
  • Face coverings are not required when alone in an enclosed office or study room or in outdoor spaces where social distancing requirements are met.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons—students should follow the Disability Resource Center’s existing accommodations process.
  • Surgical masks are required on the clinic floor when working closely with others.

What if I forget a mask?

  • Disposable masks will be available in the Office of Academic Affairs for students who have forgotten theirs at home. Graduate students can also contact their supervisors.

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 further notice, 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. Report your symptoms on DawgCheck.
  3. 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.
  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

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 this semester?

  • Consistent with University System of Georgia guidance, the College is planning for in-person instruction with social/physical distancing this fall, as well as the backup contingency that courses might need to migrate fully online at some point during the semester.
  • While the exact method may vary from professor to professor, lectures will be taught in-person with an online component to abide by physical distancing rules. These lectures must also be recorded and uploaded in eLC, and, when delivered in person in the lecture room, will be captured by Echo 360 with live streaming. Students participating in person will follow social/physical distancing, PPE, and self-monitoring guidelines. If the room’s capacity is reached, students will be redirected to an “overflow” room when possible. If overflow seating is not possible, students over the room’s capacity will join remotely.
  • Lectures have been shortened to allow more time for online participants to join and for in-person attendees to abide by proper physical distancing during break time and as they prepare for the beginning of the lecture

UGA’s full response to the pandemic can be viewed here.

How will labs work?

  • Lab start times will be staggered, and the College will be offering double the normal number of labs to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Additional PPE will be provided for labs in which participants must work in close proximity. Groups of this nature will be limited to three students per group and are required to wear a face shield in addition to a face covering

Clinics

  • When you cannot consistently maintain social/physical distancing of at least 6-feet on the clinic floor, no matter the circumstance(for example, in a ‘crowded’ room, working at the nurses’ station near others, or placing catheters in animals), don a commercially available surgical mask provided by the VTH.
  • Room occupancy limits have been set to promote room use while maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet. In an effort to continue to improve our practices and make compliance easier, extra chairs have been removed from all rounds rooms. The expectation is that you will not exceed room maximums, that you will only use the available seating, and that you will use all useful space in the room. Note that floors, counters, and table tops are not considered available seating. For safety, please do not sit on counters or table tops.

Will there be a place on campus that I can attend my online classes?

  • Public spaces are available for use at the VMC and Classic Campus and have been arranged to promote physical distancing. Please do not rearrange furniture.
  • Meeting spaces are also available for studying and attending class remotely.
  • Note that many meeting rooms and public spaces at the VMC are also being used for rounds, so their availability may be limited.

What should I do after class?

  • Unless you have other obligations on campus, we ask that all students consider leaving campus when classes have ended for the day. This will keep traffic low in common areas throughout the CVM and VMC.

Will rooms be cleaned between classes?

  • 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 Legion Field. 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.

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 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

What should I do if my roommate becomes sick?