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COVID-19 Response and Updates

March 18, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates: Vaccines, 'Staycation' and Allergy Symptoms

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As many of you know through text messages sent by the Georgia Department of Public Health, vaccines are becoming available to individuals with ties to higher education. Along with that expanded vaccine rollout, GDPH provides additional guidance on its website, including its “Georgia Vaccine Locator” and online scheduling questionnaire if you haven’t yet signed up to be vaccinated.

Georgia is still administering the COVID-19 vaccine based on certain demographic or career categories, as opposed to its previously published phases. Even if you do not qualify for the vaccination today, completing GDPH’s online vaccination interest survey will place you in the virtual line for a future vaccination.

> Learn more on the GDPH website at

March 22-27 Staycation

Students, please make sure you have CSU’s “Staycation” events, sponsored by the Student Government Association, on your calendars for the week of March 22. In addition to their slate of events on both of our campuses that include food, music and service, SGA leaders have worked with the Provost’s Office to reduce the amount of high-stakes assignments, exams or other academic demands on you this week.

> View the full slate of Staycation events (PDF) and view SGA's "Staycation" video below to learn more.

Be Uber-aware of Seasonal Allergies

That string of sneezes, ongoing runny nose, headache or sore throat can all be as much a sign of COVID-19 as they are of seasonal allergies. Learn how to tell the difference and remember: when in doubt, give us a shout! Even if you’re not sure what the symptoms indicate, if they might be related to COVID-19, or if you’ve tested positive or been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, let us know by completing the online self-report form so we can explore your situation with you.

As of Monday, March 15, our case management efforts included nine active positive cases of COVID-19 among students and employees. Another 21 individuals were among those in case management for active exposures or symptoms.

Share Your Feedback

Our online ideas and questions form remains available if you have comments, suggestions or concerns. Thank you for sharing those, as well as for all you’re doing to keep yourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team

Virtual Advisor