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COVID-19 Response and Updates

June 23, 2021 - COVID-19 Weekly Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you plan for the start of the fall semester, we encourage you to consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19 now if you’ve been putting it off. In partnership with the University System of Georgia, we’re making it easier than ever for you to get your first or second shot — even if you’re not starting classes at Columbus State until the fall.

Regardless of the USG school where you’re enrolled or work, you can now get vaccinated at any of 15 USG campuses. That means you can get your first and second doses over the summer at the campus closest to you. This includes students who got their first dose at Columbus State University before heading home, as well as students enrolled at but haven’t begun their coursework at CSU.

To schedule an appointment, please visit www.usg.edu/vaccination today to locate the USG vaccination site nearest to you. These include upcoming mobile vaccination clinics hosted on CSU's campuses.

In addition to these 15 USG campus vaccination sites, you may also locate additional community vaccination sites through the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vaccination locator.

We appreciate all our campus community has done to keep our fellow Cougars healthy and safe. USG strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated, although it is not mandatory. Getting vaccinated, however, is an individual decision and not required to be a part of our campuses.

Continuing reminders

As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of this pandemic — especially as information about the spread of new variants becomes available — it is always helpful to be reminded of current guidelines and expectations of students, employees and campus visitors:

Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings or maintain physical distancing. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or after the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing while indoors or when near others while outside.

All minors under the age of 12 participating in CSU’s summer camps and outreach programs should wear masks when feasible, as should all employees interacting with them. Masks are most essential at times when physical distancing is difficult. Masks are still recommended in these settings regardless of vaccination status of participants because children under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated.

Self-reporting is still essential to our efforts to track the effects of COVID-19 on our campuses. As of Monday, June 23, we had no active positive case of COVID-19 and no individuals being monitored for active exposures or symptoms.

Questions? Ideas?

Your suggestions through our online Questions and Ideas Form continue to help us respond to immediate needs and ready for the fall semester.

Thank you for your continued diligence in protecting yourself and Cougars everywhere.

Sincerely,

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

Virtual Advisor