Faculty, Staff, & Students

Coronavirus Resources

The health of Jag Nation is a top priority at Augusta University.

This is Augusta University’s official source of information about  Novel Coronavirus. 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 that are available to you and inform you of the national and international protocols that are 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 that other sources may not reflect the most current and accurate information.

Travel Advisory

Guidance regarding travel to China

As of Jan. 30, 2020, the U.S. State Department adjusted its travel advisory for China from “Reconsider Travel to China” to “Do Not Travel.” Based on this guidance and the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations related to the new strain of coronavirus, University System of Georgia and its institutions will NOT approve travel to China effective immediately.

Announcements

Webinar

As the death toll from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to rise, Augusta University will host an educational presentation at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, to provide accurate and timely information on the outbreak. The session will be held in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium, and the event will also be streamed live and recorded. Presenters include Dr. Jim Wilde, an infectious disease physician at the Medical College of Georgia, and Dr. Amado Baez, a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. This event is hosted by the Augusta University’s medical center, the Center of Operational Medicine and the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response.

Key Points from the CDC

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Coronavirus symptoms may include fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue and headaches. Those experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention, if you or anyone you know has traveled to or through Wuhan in the last two weeks. 

Traveling to or from Wuhan

Travelers to Wuhan, China should avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead), and animal markets. Travelers from Wuhan to the United States and other countries may be asked questions about their health and their travel history upon arrival.

Keep yourself Healthy

As is typical for January, we are seeing a spike in respiratory illness like the flu virus. Flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread when someone with the illness coughs or sneezes and another person inhales respiratory droplets or touches a surface that has been contaminated by them (such as a desk, doorknob or keyboard) and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. 

Leave guidance for faculty and employees returning from China:

Faculty and employees of any of the Augusta University employers of record should follow the leave policies of their respective employers, which may allow for the use of either sick leave or annual leave for university employees, Paid Time Off for health system employees, or leave without pay for both. Individuals who have been offered and accepted positions with the university or health system should also expect a possible delay to their hire date if necessary to accommodate the 14-day requirement.

Leave guidance for students returning from China:

Students should consult with their academic program departments related to absence from class.

What you can do

Contact Health Services

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms with a fever and have been in Wuhan within the last two weeks before the start of your symptoms or have had contact with an individual known to have the coronavirus, please contact AU Health Services at 706-721-0211 to speak to a provider.

Self-isolate

We ask any student who meets the CDC criteria to self-isolate and avoid contact with others, except to get medical care. Do not go to school, work or public areas or use public transportation.

Contact Counseling Services

If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns for family in China, please contact AU Counseling Services at 706-737-1471 to speak with a counselor. We’re here to help.

For the Media

Contact Us

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

Coronavirus Expert

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

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