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HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTACTS AND RESOURCES


For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):


I recently had Covid and my symptoms are improving. Can I participate in the campus surveillance testing to confirm my testing status?

No. Please do not use Georgia Tech’s surveillance testing program to confirm that you no longer have Covid. Surveillance testing is for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.

Current guidelines do not require testing to end isolation. Individuals who have tested positive for Covid can end isolation if at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days after ending isolation.

If doing testing to determine if one is still infectious, antigen testing is preferred over PCR testing, since antigen testing is thought to more accurately reflect potential to infect others.


 

I have recently been diagnosed with Covid, when should I test again?

People who have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get asymptomatic surveillance testing until 90 days have passed since the initial infection. 

If you retest for Covid shortly after your infection, it is possible that you will receive a positive test result even though you are no longer infectious. This is because the Covid antigen can remain in your system for some period of time after infection.


 

How can returning to work be safe if we do not know who was vaccinated in our space or on our team?

Updated March 14, 2022 

The CDC has said If you’ve been fully vaccinated and boosted, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. The University System of Georgia encourages people to wear masks based on their preference and assessment of personal risk. You may also monitor your community to determine if you are in an area of potentially substantial or high transmission


 

How often are high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces cleaned?

Updated August 31, 2021

Custodial Services continues to clean and disinfect classrooms, common areas, and restrooms daily. However, heavily used restrooms located in buildings that operate 24 hours a day (such as Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons) are cleaned and disinfected four times a day. In addition, fogging is performed nightly between 10:55 p.m. and 6:55 a.m. in Clough Commons, the Campus Recreation Center, and the R. Kirk Landon Learning Center.

More information is available on the Facilities Management website.


 

Where can I find information about the Covid-19 vaccine?

Learn how the vaccine works, see eligibility requirements, make an appointment, and view frequently asked questions here: Covid-19 Vaccines at Georgia Tech.


 

Can staff members request Covid-19-related accommodations if they have not before?

Updated August 2, 2021

Approval of all Covid-19-related accommodations and flexible work arrangements (including telework) expired June 30, 2021.

Requests for ADA accommodations or flexible work arrangements will be reviewed in accordance with pre-pandemic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations or Telework/Flextime policies.

Requests can be submitted at any time through the Employee Accommodation Request Form.


 

How are CARE, the Counseling Center, and Stamps Health Services operating and offering appointments?

Updated August 2, 2021

CARE: The Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education is using a hybrid model of service delivery for Fall 2021, with both in-person and telebehavioral health appointments available. We follow all recommended CDC guidelines. 

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is using a hybrid model of service delivery for Fall 2021, with both in-person and telebehavioral health appointments available. Clients are served with our full range of services. We maintain in-office staffing and follow all recommended CDC guidelines. 

Stamps Health Services: In-person and virtual appointments will be available to students. We will provide a separate treatment and waiting space for patients having symptoms associated with Covid-19 and use telemedicine when appropriate. In alignment with guidance for healthcare facilities, masks will continue to be required for both staff and visitors.


 

What are the current cleaning and disinfecting protocols?

Updated August 31, 2021

Hand sanitizer stands are stationed at every building entrance as well as in restrooms and classrooms. Disinfectant and wipes will continue to be made available in classrooms and for workspaces.

  • Common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily by Custodial Services.
  • Restrooms and elevators will be cleaned and disinfected once a day. However, heavily used restrooms located in buildings that operate 24 hours a day (such as Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons) will continue to be cleaned and disinfected four times a day.
  • Fogging is performed nightly between 10:55 p.m. and 6:55 a.m. in Clough Commons, the Campus Recreation Center, and the R. Kirk Landon Learning Center.

Cleaning of labs will continue to be performed regularly by research personnel who have been trained in proper cleaning methods.

  • If an employee is diagnosed with or tests positive for Covid-19, areas occupied by the affected employee will be closed as long as is feasible. Custodial Services will clean and disinfect all areas used by the Covid-19-positive person.
  • Environmental Health and Safety will continue to issue disinfectant, tissues, dry wipes, and hand sanitizer for common spaces and individual offices.

Detailed cleaning procedures are posted on the Facilities Management website.


 

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