Preventing the Spread of Covid-19
General Prevention Measures
For members of the Georgia Tech community, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including Covid-19, are:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Georgia Tech Facilities staff hard at work sanitizing offices and other work spaces for fellow staff members.
Stamps Health Senior Director Dr. Benjamin Holton
Dr. Benjamin Holton, senior director of Stamps Health Services, summarizes some of the most important facts based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, including how to identify symptoms, and when and where individuals can seek additional medical assistance or advice.
As USG institutions plan for the return to in-person instruction in the fall, there is no higher priority than the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We need everyone to do their part to keep our campus communities and visitors safe.
Free instructions for making your own face shield
Free instructions for making your own face mask
What to do if you suspect or if you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.
Download your self-checklist and remember daily steps to protect yourself and others.
Prevention at Work
Georgia Tech is adhering to current USG workplace health and safety guidance and all existing executive orders issued from the Office of Governor Brian Kemp. Please refer to the Campus Guidelines for the latest information and details on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Georgia Tech:
USG Healthcare Plan
For Covid-19 related, in-network provider visits and testing, out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance 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).
If you have concerns or are showing symptoms of Covid-19, we encourage you to take the following steps:
- Call your provider’s office for guidance and next steps.
- If you do not have a provider, please call one of the 24/7 nurseline and/or member services numbers below for help locating a provider.
- Emergency room and urgent care options are available for emergency situations. While we are working with Anthem and Kaiser Permanente to ensure benefits are processed correctly, if you have questions about benefits coverage, please call the member services number listed above.
Both Anthem and Kaiser Permanente offer telehealth options. If you have nonemergency healthcare concerns, telehealth can be a good option. While Covid-19 cannot be confirmed through virtual or remote care, provider teams can screen symptoms, assign risk, answer questions, and recommend the next steps.
All telehealth visits through LiveHealth On-Line, 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.
For employees not enrolled in the USG Healthcare plan, a telehealth option is available through LiveHealth On-line at $59 per visit. For acute, non-serious medical concerns, you may consider a retail health clinic or quick care center.
The State of Georgia operates a Covid-19 hotline. If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or healthcare facility. Hotline: 1.844.442.2681
To ensure access to prescription medications, early refill limits will be waived for 30-day maintenance prescriptions at in-network pharmacies. Additionally, CVS pharmacies are waiving charges for home delivery of all prescription medications. If you do not use a CVS pharmacy, please check with your local pharmacy for information about waived home delivery charges.
If you take a maintenance medication, we encourage you to use the 90-day supply option. This will reduce your trips to the pharmacy and will lower your out-of-pocket cost. As part of the prescription drug program, you also have the option of home delivery from CVS Caremark Mail Service pharmacy with no delivery cost.
Anthem members – Pharmacy Plan information through CVS/Caremark 1.877.362.3922
At this time, Kaiser Permanente has not removed any refill limits for maintenance medications. However, employees can utilize Kaiser Permanente’s prescription mail order service to have prescriptions shipped home with no shipping charges.
More information about benefits and resources available to you through the USG Benefits programs.