Updates to COVID-19 Guidance - January 5, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so too do public health guidelines. The latest guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia provided below does not substitute for submitting an online self-report when warranted.
Positive COVID-19 test = ISOLATION
Regardless of your vaccination status, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date symptoms first appeared, or if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
After five days, if you have no symptoms - or if you have been symptom- and fever-free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication - you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
As you return to class, work and other normal activities after ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
Exposure to someone with COVID-19 = QUARANTINE...maybe
Exposure, or close contact, is defined as being less than six feet away from someone infected with COVID-19 for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., three individual five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) - irrespective of one or both parties wearing a face covering during that time.
If you are boosted, or have become fully vaccinated (within the last five months with the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or within the last two months with the J&J vaccine) at the time of exposure, you do not need to quarantine, but you should wear a mask around others for 10 days. If possible, get tested on Day 5. If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.
If you are unboosted, if you are unvaccinated, or if you became fully vaccinatedmore than five months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than two months ago (J&J vaccine) at the time of exposure, you MUST quarantine at home for five days. If possible, get tested on Day 5. If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results. As you return to class, work and other normal activities after ending quarantine, you should continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
When in doubt if you are feeling bad or your health situation changes, submit an online self-report form. In addition, please continue adhering to current public health recommendations:
Keep a face covering handy
Using face coverings and masks continues to be strongly encouraged on CSU campuses and in facilities. Face coverings must be worn when visiting the Student Health Clinic and riding CSU shuttles; admission to either will be denied for those without one. Be prepared: carry a face covering with you at all times and do not assume extras will be available - even at locations where they are required.
Variants of COVID-19, especially the omicron variant, can mimic a cold, the flu, or allergy and sinus discomfort. Know the latest symptoms and don't assume a change in your health status is just seasonal.
Get vaccinated - or boost your vaccination
Vaccines are available to individuals as young as 5, and the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health recommend COVID-19 boosters for anyone 18 years or older after six months of their initial full vaccination. Visit the GDPH vaccination website for more information about vaccinations and boosters and where you can obtain them.