The coronavirus continues to affect communities across the country, even as we look ahead to the promise of a vaccine in the coming months. In order to have a successful spring semester during an evolving public health crisis, the Georgia Tech community must be focused and committed to staying as safe as possible when we return to campus.
We learned a lot of valuable lessons in the fall. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use, and to rise to the challenge again — together.
During the Break
If You're Staying on Campus
- Get tested weekly, even if you aren’t experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. See campus surveillance testing locations and hours.
- If you are a student and you experience Covid-19 symptoms, you can get tested at Stamps Health Services.
- When campus testing locations are closed, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website to find an off-campus testing location or talk to your primary care physician.
If You Test Positive While Away From Campus
- While away from campus, please report your positive Covid-19 test to the Georgia Tech contact tracing team.
Before You Return
Follow Health and Safety Guidelines
- Continue to practice social distancing, wear your face covering, and follow health and safety measures in the weeks before returning to campus. Specifically, limit your interactions with people to those in your household for the week before your return.
- Continue to minimize risk of exposure by avoiding group gatherings and higher risk settings such as restaurants, bars, and confined indoor spaces before returning to campus.
Prepare to Travel
- Get tested 1-3 days before departure.
Whether you are traveling to Atlanta from an international or domestic location the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends (but does not require) that you get tested for Covid-19 within 1-3 days prior to departure.
- If you are flying, check the requirements for testing and travel documentation.
- If your airline requires paperwork showing a recent negative test result, you will need to find a test site in your area. Georgia Tech does not provide return travel testing.
- Make a plan in advance to avoid difficulties or delays in traveling to Atlanta.
- If driving, bring face coverings and hand sanitizer for stops at gas stations and rest areas.
- Do not travel if:
- You are sick or experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- You test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days prior to travel.
- You have close contact with someone who has Covid-19.