April 7, 2021 - COVID-19 Weekly Update
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
As the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine expands, Columbus State University has received word that we may soon be able to offer on-campus vaccinations to students and employees through Student Health Services. Our plans to administer vaccinations will depend on when the Georgia Department of Public Health delivers those supplies, how many vaccine doses we receive, and the manufacturer of those doses.
Student vaccination interest
Students, to anticipate demand, please complete our Student Vaccine Interest Survey by Friday, April 9. Employees, we have documented your interest through previous CSU and USG surveys and factored that into our request of GDPH, so your participation in this survey is not required.
Off-campus vaccination options
The Columbus mass vaccination site continues to administer drive-through vaccinations at the Columbus Civic Center for anyone 16 and older. Making an appointment at myvaccinegeorgia.com is the best way to ensure supplies are on hand for you when you arrive to be vaccinated. In addition, many retail pharmacies and physician offices are also offering vaccinations.
Vaccine-related employee leave
A recent Governor’s Executive Order now provides state employees up to eight hours of leave to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and up to an additional 16 hours of leave if they experience severe negative side effects that prohibit them from performing their regular job duties. CSU employees can request “Non-Closure Emergency Leave” through OneUSG Connect with supervisor approval and proof of vaccination. Documentation from a medical provider may be required for those requesting additional leave due to adverse side effects. The governor’s executive order currently does not have an expiration date but may expire without notice. Also, please note that past leave taken for this purpose cannot be retroactively applied.
As of Monday, March 22, CSU's case management efforts included three active positive cases of COVID-19 among students and employees. Another 11 individuals were in case management for active exposures or symptoms.
Remember, if you experience COVID-like symptoms, receive a positive COVID-19 test result, or think you have been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, please complete our online self-reporting form so a member of our COVID-19 Response Team can follow up with you.
Make wise choices
Making wise choices is vital to reducing your risk of exposure or contracting COVID-19. This includes more than just wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing. It also means making wise choices in how you socialize around others. Attending large-group events, straying from your "COVID bubble," or sharing food and utensils with others are the most common risks to your health.
Thank you for doing your part to make wise choices, as well as keeping yourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.
Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team