Covid-19 Information for Staff and Student Workers

Mark Demyanek on campus and Georgia Tech staff in the office with face masks

(Left) Mark Demyanek, senior vice president (Interim) for Administration, and (right) Georgia Tech staff working safely.

A  member of Georgia Tech staff cleaning to help keep all staff safe

Staff Operations Status

UPDATED AUGUST 24, 2020: The Georgia Tech community has returned to in-person learning, research, and campus activities.

Employees should be working with their supervisors to determine how employees continue to utilize teleworking, split shifts, staggered shifts, and other measures that promote physical distancing.

Find the latest updates and safety information in our Campus Guidelines.

 

Senior Director of Stamps Health Services Dr. Benjamin Holton, Interim Senior Vice President for Administration Mark Demyanek, and Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kim D. Harrington share information and guidelines on how everyone in the Georgia Tech community can help make returning to campus as safe and healthy as possible.

Please note: The return-to-work information in this video is applicable from May to August 2020. While some information may still apply, please refer to the Campus Guidelines for the most up-to-date details and information. Due to the shifting landscape around Covid-19 and updates from the U.S. government, we ask for your continued patience as we develop and update institutional plans accordingly.

 

Staff Resources

Questions? Get Answers

Institute leaders and experts answer your questions about our road to recovery in this series of virtual town halls. A video recording will be posted after each event.

Employee Resources

Where to go for answers to questions about health, well-being, and campus resources.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

[Editor's Note: This page was reviewed and updated on September 16, 2020.]

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Returning to Work Health and Safety Technology
Staff Updates Campus Operations Travel

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Returning to Work

Will all staff return to campus in the fall?

For fall 2020, it is expected that employees will return to campus by the start of the fall semester to conduct their work. Employees can expect social distancing will be practiced.  We are working diligently to create an environment where social distancing can be relied upon as the best tool in reducing the spread of Covid-19.

In the limited cases where social distancing cannot be practiced, supervisors will determine how employees continue to utilize teleworking, split shifts, staggered shifts, and other measures that promote physical distancing. Any alternate work arrangements should not interfere with our ability to serve students. The Institute will provide appropriate PPE for employees who must return to campus and who are unable to practice social distancing. 

For more information about work arrangements and leave options for employees unable to return to campus, refer to the  Return-to-Campus Manager’s Tool Kit. 

How do I access the Returning Safely to Campus training? Is it mandatory?

To help everyone make a safe transition back to campus, all employees are required to complete the online Returning Safely to Campus course by September 4. Download the enrollment instructions (pdf).

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Staff Updates

Are there plans for furlough days next fiscal year? When will we know?

In its closing session June 26, the state of Georgia General Assembly passed a 10% budget cut for all state educational agencies, which is considerably more favorable than the original 14% reduction to state appropriations. In addition, the General Assembly is not requiring furloughs, which means state employees, including Georgia Tech, will not have to take unpaid time off in FY21. The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents approved FY21 budgets for all 26 institutions in the system on July 1. 

We are grateful that the USG recognized that each institution in the system has unique enrollment situations that should be factored into the equation. For Georgia Tech, the USG approved a budget cut to state appropriations of 8.7% or $29,073,905 with no furloughs. 

Covid-19 effects are also adding strain on other areas of the FY21 budget, and Georgia Tech is anticipating a reduction in fall tuition and fees that could extend into spring semester. To address this projected shortfall in revenue, additional reduction plans will be developed. Strategic decisions on the reduction amounts and action plans will be reviewed and approved by the Executive Leadership Team. These decisions will be made in alignment with how fall enrollment materializes.

To facilitate these budget reduction plans, Institute Budget Planning & Administration, in partnership with Georgia Tech Human Resources, will work with affected units across campus to implement these budget reductions, which may include workforce strategies. Unit leadership will receive instructions including budget reduction allocations by July 14. Instructions will include a reminder to focus on the guiding principles, which include prioritizing student academic progression and quality of instruction; self-funded sponsored research that supports Georgia Tech; and putting people first by protecting as much employment as possible.

Unit budget reduction plans, including the additional 2.5% reduction, will be due July 31. 

Is Georgia Tech offering a voluntary separation or early retirement plan to help meet budget reduction targets?

Yes, to assist in achieving planned budget reductions, the USG also approved a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP). The VSIP is one-time, limited, separation incentive for retirement-eligible employees. Employees will have until August 15 to sign up for the program.  

Key benefits of VSIP include: 

  • Exemption from layoffs and reductions in force until retirement date. ​ 
  • Approved participants who sign the VSIP agreement will receive a taxable cash payment direct-deposited to their accounts within 45 days after their retirement dates.  ​ 
  • The incentive payment will be the equivalent of four (4) months of the employee’s salary (not including payments such as overload, overtime, weekend/shift/night differential, standby pay, summer salary, or temporary pay for additional duties) in effect on the last day of employment. 

Georgia Tech Human Resources will work with units and provide more information regarding this program. For details about VSIP, visit hr.gatech.edu/voluntary-separation

What’s happening with the search for a new provost?

The search for the next provost is moving forward, but we will not make the original Sept. 1 deadline. Most likely, we will make a decision between October and December with an optimal start date of Jan. 1, 2021. Of course, with so much still in flux, that may be adjusted as circumstances evolve. This timeline will allow us to conduct a full process and for the candidates to interview on campus. It’s best for our potential candidates, who are navigating the pandemic wherever they are, as well as the search firm and Georgia Tech.

We are planning to conduct a semi-public search. Finalists will not be announced publicly and will meet with representatives of the faculty, students, and administration confidentially.

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Health and Safety

What kinds of preventative practices will be in place to protect students, faculty, and staff when they return to campus?

Everyone will be expected to continue to follow basic guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inner elbow.

Social distancing (6 feet of separation from others) at work:

  • Be respectful of others’ personal space.
  • Assess and adjust workspaces to maximize social distancing, including spacing furniture with 6 feet of separation.
  • Hold meetings virtually whenever possible.
  • Provide services remotely whenever possible.
  • Do not share phones, desks, offices, computers, or other equipment. In cases where equipment is shared, it should be disinfected before and after each use.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 50 people when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Think creatively of ways to facilitate safe social interactions. For example, hold outdoor and physically distanced events to reduce the risk of contagion relative to indoor spaces.
  • When interacting in open environments (e.g., outdoors, atriums, auditoriums) or in indoor common areas, keep a safe social distance.
  • Limit occupancy in elevators to maintain social distancing.
  • Use care when entering or exiting restrooms to maintain a safe distance.
  • Do not use a restroom when it is being cleaned.
  • Supervisors should allow employees to take meals outside or in separate locations.
  • Cancel or postpone any events or activities (networking happy hours, lunch-and-learns, etc.) or consider hosting them virtually.
  • Avoid all person-to-person contact, including handshaking.

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where 6 feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Signs will be posted at building entrances prohibiting anyone with a fever or symptoms of Covid-19 from entering. Contact-less thermometers will be supplied to all buildings as they reopen.

To mitigate the spread of Covid-19, Georgia Tech is implementing a wellness check protocol designed to help protect the health and safety of our community. This wellness check will include temperature screenings. All employees are strongly encouraged to administer the Covid-19 Daily Self-Checklist before coming to campus.

All employees and students will be asked to complete an online Covid-19 health and safety training prior to arriving on campus and will be encouraged to take a health and safety pledge as part of the training.  

How will cleaning and disinfecting protocols be stepped up to protect students, faculty, and staff when they return to campus?

Building managers and Facilities Management will adhere to the following measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 and promote a healthy and safe campus:

  • Buildings and labs to reopen as a result of resumption of services and operations will first undergo proper cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • All uses of indoor common areas must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Some common areas may be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained while in use.
  • Elevators will have signs posted indicating their capacity to allow for proper social distancing.
  • Restrooms will be disinfected four times a day. Use caution when entering or exiting to maintain social distancing.
  • Restrooms will be closed to anyone other than cleaners during cleaning times.
  • Cleaning of labs will be performed regularly by research personnel. They will be trained in proper cleaning methods prior to resuming lab operations.
  • Instructions will be posted for proper hygiene and handwashing, according to guidelines from GDPH, CDC, and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.

Other precautions will include installation of signage to encourage best practices regarding personal hygiene and the movement of people through campus spaces, upgraded air filtration systems (where possible), workspace modifications, and staggered scheduling for on-campus community members. Setup in offices, classrooms, labs, makerspaces, etc. will be modified to facilitate social distancing and enable cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Will accommodations be made for employees who are at higher risk for severe illness with Covid-19? What about for those living with a high-risk individual? 

For Fall semester 2020, it is expected that employees will return to campus by the start of the fall semester to conduct their work. Employees can expect social distancing will be practiced. We are working diligently to create an environment where social distancing can be relied upon as the best tool in reducing the spread of Covid-19. In the limited cases where social distancing cannot be practiced, supervisors will determine how employees continue to use teleworking, split shifts, staggered shifts, and other measures that promote physical distancing. Any alternate work arrangements should not interfere with our ability to serve students. The Institute will provide appropriate PPE for employees who must return to campus and who are unable to practice social distancing.  

Employees who care for or live with individuals at higher risk for severe illness with Covid-19 should plan to return to campus as scheduled and work with their direct supervisor to ensure that their work environment allows for social distancing and the ability to practice the behaviors known to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Employees may utilize appropriate leave options as necessary, and they should contact the Human Resources Office to identify appropriate leave options. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for managing Covid-19 related issues. Among the changes are to definitions for people who will need extra precaution due to age and underlying medical conditions. In response to those changes from the CDC, the University System of Georgia (USG) is providing updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings and for who is eligible to seek alternate work arrangements due to falling into one of these categories.

Older Adults
The CDC no longer gives a minimum age for those at risk. The USG will continue to use 65 as its measure for evaluating requests for alternate work arrangements. Individuals who are younger than 65 can provide documentation from a health care provider that their age is a determining factor for risk that should prevent them from working on campus as scheduled.  

People of Any Age with Underlying Medical Conditions
People with the following underlying medical conditions may request alternate work arrangements under the previously developed process:

For more information about work arrangements and leave options for employees unable to return to campus, refer to the Return-to-Campus Manager’s Tool Kit. 

The accommodations review process minimizes the number of individuals involved. Only GTHR will have access to forms submitted and any medical documentation requested. Accommodation request and supporting documentation are not maintained in the employee’s personnel file and are kept separately in a confidential file. All individuals reviewing requests understand the highly sensitive nature of the information being disclosed and have been instructed not to share this sensitive information. If you need assistance or have questions regarding accommodation requests, please email Ann F. Harris, GTHR-Employee Relations Compliance Advisor. 

To request  paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave  through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (FFCRA), visit the Human Resources FFCRA portal.

Will testing be available to Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff?

Georgia Tech is taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach for limiting the spread of the coronavirus on campus, a strategy that will depend heavily on support and participation from members of the campus community.

  • Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing Program – Relying on saliva to obtain samples used to detect the virus, this program will employ a pooled testing approach that will combine samples from multiple individuals and test them as a group in an on-campus lab. Pooled testing will dramatically increase the number of community members that can be sampled with a single coronavirus test. All students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to undergo frequent testing as part of this program. Several testing sites are being offered for asymptomatic Georgia Tech students, faculty and staff: Covid-19 Testing Locations and Hours.
  • Tests for Symptomatic Students – Testing for currently enrolled students with Covid-19 symptoms is already available at the Stamps Health Center.
  • Pop-up Testing (through September 10) ­– A Fulton County walk-up testing site at the McCamish Pavilion parking lot will be available to symptomatic and asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff at no cost on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 18 through September 10.
    • All individuals who want to be tested are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment.
    • Visit the GDPH website or call the Fulton County Covid-19 hotline at 404.613.8150 to complete the online registration and schedule an appointment.

More details and FAQs are available on the testing webpage.

What should faculty and staff do if they develop symptoms of Covid-19?

If you start to feel sick on campus, you should notify your manager or supervisor, leave campus immediately, avoiding all rideshare, public transportation, and taxis if possible, and contact your primary care physician.

If you’re at home and start feeling sick, or if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the Covid-19 Daily Self-Checklist before coming to campus, stay home. Please notify your manager or supervisor and contact your primary care physician.

Please also refer to the Covid-19 Exposure Decision Tree to help you plan your next steps.

If I need to be tested for Covid-19, will my USG-sponsored health plan cover the costs?

For Covid-19 related in-network provider visits and testing, out of pocket costs such as deductibles, co-payments, and coinsurance will be waived ($0.00) if you are enrolled in one of the USG healthcare plans through Anthem BCBSGA or Kaiser Permanente (including employees enrolled in the Consumer Choice HSA).

All telehealth visits through LiveHealth Online, including those unrelated to Covid-19, will be covered at 100% with no out of pocket costs for all USG healthcare plans through June 30, 2020.

All University System of Georgia employees are now eligible for free Covid-19 virtual screenings through Augusta University Health System’s AU Health Express Care app.

Screenings are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost and no appointment required. You log into the app from home. Screenings are done by a provider who is a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant and trained to screen for Covid-19.

For those without access to technology, please call AU Health’s Covid-19 hotline at 706.721.1852.

More information about benefits and resources is available through the USG Benefits programs.

What will happen if an employee tests positive or is diagnosed with Covid-19? How will contact tracing work?

If a person received a test at Stamps or through the CLIA-certified surveillance testing on campus, positive results will automatically be reported to Stamps Health Services. Students and employees who utilize non-Georgia Tech-sponsored testing will be required to notify Stamps Health Services of the positive result through an online portal. All test results reporting will be conducted in compliance with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

Contact Notification and Tracing
Contract tracing and notification programs are being built by our teams in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Through the program, Georgia Tech will make initial rapid notifications of close contacts in the Georgia Tech community based on information gathered from the individual who tests positive. A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet, for 15 or more minutes, of the person who tested positive; anyone who had physical contact with the person; or anyone who was coughed or sneezed upon by the person. The Georgia Department of Public Health will conduct contact tracing with support from Georgia Tech.

If a faculty or staff member tests positive, the person should work with their supervisor to identify co-workers or other members of the Georgia Tech community who were close contacts during the infectious period. The contact notification team will work with an employee’s supervisor to provide notification of exposure to close contacts and to provide information to the Georgia Department of Public Health as a part of DPH’s contact tracing efforts. 

In all cases, during the notification process, the identity of the person who tested positive will be kept confidential.

We will determine where a person with a positive test result or diagnosis of Covid-19 has spent significant time and deploy a specially trained team to clean and disinfect those specific areas.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and has symptoms may end isolation and return to campus when all three of the following criteria are met: 

  1. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  2. Improved symptoms.
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 but who has not had symptoms may end isolation and return to campus if the following criteria are met: 

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the positive test sample was collected 
  2. The individual has not developed symptoms of Covid-19 since the test sample was taken. 

We will continue to report all confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Exposure and Health Alerts web page, which is updated nightly.

Optional Exposure Notification App
Georgia Tech has begun using NOVID, an exposure notification app that will help students, staff, and faculty be anonymously notified if they have potentially been exposed to Covid-19. Use of the app is voluntary, and it is available at no cost to members of the Georgia Tech community. Information about the app is available on the Covid Central portal.

Download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

How does the NOVID exposure notification app work?

First, download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Enter the community code “JACKETS” in the settings.

  • NOVID captures no personally identifiable information from users.
  • The app exchanges information with other phones also running the app. It records a frequently changing code to other devices so they can be alerted if necessary — but without sharing any personally identifiable information.
  • Pairs of code interactions are stored on the NOVID server for a limited period of time.
  • NOVID leverages a combination of ultrasound and Bluetooth technology to note other devices that are within 6 feet, and only if they remain that close for 15 minutes or more.
  • By briefly using the device’s microphone and measuring the time sound takes to travel, ultrasound can accurately measure the distance between devices. It does not record phones that may be nearby but on the other side of a wall, preventing notifications that may not truly involve exposure risk.
  • If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test at Stamps Health Services, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones the app has recorded as potential exposures.
  • Community members who have received positive tests elsewhere on campus or off campus are required, as part of public health regulations, to report this to Stamps Health Services. They will also receive an app notification code after they have contacted Stamps.
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Software Assurance Branch have evaluated NOVID for privacy protections to make sure it doesn’t record personal information that could identify users — and for cybersecurity issues to make sure it protects the device.
  • More details about the NOVID app are available on the Covid Central portal.

What do I do if I get a notification through the NOVID app that I may have been exposed to Covid-19?

Persons being warned through NOVID of a potential exposure will be encouraged to isolate themselves, monitor for symptoms, and be tested for the virus. The app will provide directions for how to contact relevant campus services when alerting a user that they have potentially been exposed.

Will employees be required to wear face masks? Will they be provided?

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where 6 feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one's own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Cloth face coverings may be used in lab spaces that do not contain chemical, biological, or radioactive agents. Single-use surgical masks are required to be worn, and will be provided, while in lab spaces containing chemical, biological, or radioactive agents. In labs where these agents are present, normal lab safety and PPE protocol will remain in place.

Georgia Tech will provide reusable cloth face coverings to our community prior to the Fall 2020 semester.

For more information about face masks and coverings, review the guidelines from Human Resources

How will the face covering mandate and social distancing requirements be enforced, and by whom? What about events that violate campus guidelines?

Each member of our community must take responsibility for their actions and adhere to the guidelines of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as guidelines issued by the University System of Georgia and Georgia Tech, to protect themselves and others while helping to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Adherence to these new measures is vital, so the Institute has established new formal and informal processes and recommendations for incorporating accountability into safety guidelines.

Students and Student Groups
Led by the Division of Student Life and the Office of the Provost, the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Student Educational and Response Team (GT CO-SERT) is a temporary collaborative team charged with reviewing reported questions and concerns related to students or student groups and adherence to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The CO-SERT will review reported concerns or questions regarding students or student groups and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, communicate with individuals or groups, and determine further response or referrals, as necessary. Its actions may include follow-up with campus community members; clarification of current guidance and campus expectations; additional informational or educational efforts; and if necessary, referral to applicable campus resource or office to consider enforcement processes. CO-SERT does not to alter or supersede any existing campus enforcement processes; the team will be disbanded as circumstances related to Covid-19 dictate.

Note: Georgia Tech’s student code explicitly prohibits behavior that endangers any person(s), including self. Hosting on- or off-campus events of any size that do not allow for social distancing or don’t take precautionary measures, such as additional hand sanitation stations and disinfecting protocols, and required face coverings, will be considered violations of the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy

Questions and concerns from faculty, staff, and community members related to students and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines may be submitted to cosert@gatech.edu.  

Faculty and Staff
Equally important to helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus at Georgia Tech is ensuring that faculty and staff adhere to the guidance around preventive practices and cloth face coverings provided by the Institute.

Communicating with your co-workers – Coming back to campus safely means recognizing that simple, individual actions affect everyone, and so responsibility also lies with individuals. The key to this guidance is recognizing that feelings and comfort levels vary.

A few recommendations for employee interactions:

  • Be mindful that your colleagues may not feel the same way you do about returning to campus. Some people will be eager to return, while others may be nervous and hesitant.
  • Be respectful of others’ feelings as you return and in your interactions with others.
  • Reinforce and remind other Yellow Jackets and visitors of the requirements and guidelines, where they can access face coverings in buildings, and to follow best practices to the extent you are comfortable.
  • Be mindful of language when addressing social distancing. Using words like “us” or “we” in the request to distance may help keep the situation from escalating. For example, “Let’s put a little more space between us at this table.”
  • Please step away from others or leave any situation if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Building signage should also be clearly displayed to assist other students, faculty, and staff in following expectations in different scenarios.  

If you are not comfortable speaking to any person directly, remove yourself from the situation and contact your supervisor and/or HR Business Partner/HR Director.

If the situation becomes a workplace dispute requiring conflict management, please work with your HR Business Partner/HR Director. You can also visit hr.gatech.edu/employee-relations/workplace-disputes for tips, recommended next steps, and resources.

Can I have in-person meetings with students I advise?

In most cases, we recommend one-on-one or small group meetings be conducted remotely. This is the preferred and most common option used by academic advisors and other student services. When in-person one-on-one or small group meetings are needed or requested, meetings should be set up in a place that accommodates social distancing and follows all health and safety protocols, including the use of face coverings.  

How can I get personal protective equipment (PPE) for my office/department/unit?

Georgia Tech will centrally manage the acquisition and distribution of PPE to ensure usage is consistent based on job function, risk of exposure, and other factors, and we will maintain adequate supplies of only approved PPE (in general, cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, forehead thermometer strips, tissues, dry wipes/paper towels). Coordinating across campus also will help the Institute make more cost-effective purchases.

Building managers or unit heads can use the Building Ops web form at ehs.gatech.edu/Covid-19/request to request PPE supplies for their building. This includes cloth masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and tissue boxes.

What is Georgia Tech doing to ensure a consistent, adequate supply of PPE?

We have established a PPE subgroup of the Covid-19 Task Force to focus on this issue throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Faculty members in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering are developing models to determine consumption rates and project future consumption to aid in scheduling purchases.

What resources are available to help me and my family cope with the stress and anxiety we might be feeling?

Employees and their families have access to our Employee Assistance Program through Kepro. You can request confidential, no-cost services at 844.243.4440. More details are available on the Health and Well-Being website.

The State of Georgia has a Covid-19 hotline that provides 24/7, free, and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information.

  • The support line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and crisis counselors.
  • The support line is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Beacon Health Options, and Behavioral Health Link.
  • Download the flyer for more information on the support line and other available services.

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Travel

Can I travel — domestically or internationally?

No. Per USG guidelines, all nonessential travel is prohibited until further notice. Adjustments may be made as additional guidance is received. For further details please refer to usg.edu/coronavirus/.

Business requirements for Georgia Tech employees traveling for business and research purposes during the outbreak and pandemic were updated and effective as July 1, 2020.

Travel is considered essential if it is for: 

  • Research and business meetings that cannot be conducted virtually; and
  • Projects and work that are time sensitive with fixed deadlines.

Establishment of international travel is being reviewed and guidance is pending. Restrictions have been placed in Workday to align with the recommended USG and CDC level 3 countries. For further details, please refer to cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html.

If you have any questions, please contact covid19travel@health.gatech.edu

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