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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.