The health of Georgia is a top priority at Augusta University

This is Augusta University’s official source of information about COVID-19. Given the global nature of Augusta University, we want to share important tips on how to stay healthy, remind you of the health and wellness resources available to you and inform you of the protocols being followed by the university to help minimize the spread of illness. Please rely on information that links directly from this site and be aware other sources may not reflect the most current and accurate information. 

Contact information

Please read the FAQs provided on this page. If you have additional questions, refer to the following resources:

For university & health system employees:
 706-721-9365 or Email Human Resources

For patients:
COVID-19 Hotline: 706-721-1852

COVID-19 Screening Information

 

For students:
Dean of Students’ Office:
706-737-1411

For media:
For immediate needs: 706-522-3023
Email Media Relations

For researchers:
Research Updates

 

For medical students:
Review the student policy or contact your dean.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19:
COVID-19 Hotline:
706-721-1852

Virtual Screenings are available. 

How to report a case

When a student or employee develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home. If they become ill while on campus, they must leave work/class immediately. Students and employees should report their expected absence to their professors or their supervisor and are encouraged to contact their medical care provider for guidance and call 706-721-1852 for screening/testing options. Supervisors should then report suspected and confirmed COVID-19 illness to Human Resources at REPORTCOVID@augusta.edu or 706-446-4457. Employees may also report their situation directly using the REPORTCOVID@augusta.edu email or 706-446-4457 phone number.

AU Health COVID-19 Statistics

For the period August 10-11 (7 am-7 am)

142
New Positive Cases

5,920 total since March 13

614
New Negative Cases

44,426 total since March 13

74
Current COVID Inpatient Cases
> 290
Current Pending Tests
411
Hotline Calls

46,860 TOTAL TO DATE

Telemedicine Screenings

20,035 TOTAL TO DATE

848
Drive-thru Visits

50,639 TOTAL TO DATE (DRIVE-THRU AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT)

2492
Outside Reference Labs Completed To Date

Stay Informed

What students should know right now

Health Services

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms with a fever or have had contact with an individual known to have COVID-19, call 706-721-0211 to speak to a provider.

Online Learning

As the university shifts to online instruction, check your university email, D2L and Jagwire regularly for updates. See tips for successful online learning here and on the USG’s resource page.

Counseling Services

If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 concerns, please call 706-737-1471 to speak with Augusta University Counseling Services. 

Employees

Employees of both Augusta University and Augusta University Health can find necessary information below.

Procedure for positive
cases of COVID-19 on campus

The health and safety of Augusta University students, faculty and staff are a top priority. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus at any time 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, please notify your supervisor, department chair, Dean or VP immediately.

When the university is notified of a person with confirmed COVID-19, we will take the following steps to maintain the health and safety of the campus community.

Notification

Work with the department to:

Immediately following a diagnosis, individuals will be referred to the county Department of Public Health to provide information about all of their recent close contacts. 

Notify individuals or groups who were in close contact, and provide them with public health recommendations that may include staying home and monitoring their health.

Notify the school, department and/or work group (as appropriate) using the COVID-19 positive case local notification template.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection

The university will carry out the enhanced cleaning and disinfection of areas where a person with COVID-19 spent time in university spaces. 

Faculty Support

The Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) will assist faculty in transitioning all face-to-face courses to online formats in preparation for the resumption of instruction. Build an Instructional Continuity Plan

How to Help

As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across our state and our nation, Augusta University Medical Center has experienced an outpouring of support from community members wishing to help. We sincerely thank everyone who has reached out for their spirit of generosity and caring. Learn all the ways to donate below:

For the Media

Contact us

Call 706-522-3023 to reach the on-call media relations representative. For other questions, email mediarelations@augusta.edu.

COVID-19 expert

Dr. Jose Vazquez is an infectious disease specialist at Augusta University Medical Center. Contact him for media inquiries regarding COVID-19.

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