February 10, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates: "When in doubt, give us a shout"
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Your roommate has "the sniffles." A student in your class tells you they've tested positive for COVID. The aunt you visited this past weekend learned today that her coworker tested positive for COVID.
What do you do? Go home? Go to the doctor? Get tested? Suck it up and go to class or work anyway?
When in doubt, give us a shout!
Sounds like the tagline for a personal injury lawyer, right? Well, it's actually a pretty good rule of thumb for self-reporting at Columbus State University. If you or someone you come into close contact with experiences COVID-like symptoms, tests positive or is exposed to someone who tests positive, the best advice is to "shout" your situation by self-reporting it to our COVID-19 Response Team.
Self-reporting isn't an automatic 14-day quarantining "sentence," but it can answer questions like: Do I quarantine or isolate? For how long? Should I get tested, and if so, now? A few days from now? Where do I go to get tested?
As of Monday, there were 15 active positive, self-reported cases on campus.
Quarantine or Isolate?
We casually treat them as synonyms (ask an English major friend if you need to about that word), but in today's COVID environment, "quarantine" and "isolation" have different meanings:
- "Quarantine" keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
- "Isolation" keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
If you're curious about specific differences, read more on the CDC website. This is the same guidance our COVID-19 Response Team follows, but again, when in doubt, give us a shout!
What about the vaccine?
CSU is still awaiting guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health as to when vaccines are available for the phases that would include our students and employees. We are proactively seeking the opportunity to be a vaccination site to expedite the vaccine's availability to the campus community. To assist with estimating demand, please complete this confidential survey by Monday, Feb. 15.
Since this survey is only to project interest, do not pass up the opportunity to receive the vaccine through some other source if it is made available to you. Also note that completing this survey does not register you for or place you on a waitlist for the vaccine.
Thanks for all you do to keep yourself and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.
COVID-19 Response Team