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September 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates: It's time to get serious.

Dear Cougars:

Does this COVID-19 pandemic feel like to you that we're taking two steps forward, and one (or sometimes more) steps back? For months now, we've been showing that #CougarsCare by wearing our face masks. We've accepted the call to #MakeWiseChoices by washing our hands and maintaining physical distance from others.

Then, the weekend comes, and news of large parties makes its rounds on social media. Monday rolls around, and we ask ourselves why we're not driving these numbers down. As of Monday, the university had 13 active, self-reported cases involving students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. We remain within the window for Labor Day-related exposures to still develop symptoms, as Gov. Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, recently noted.

Friends, we must get serious - truly serious - about protecting ourselves, our classmates, CSU and the broader community surrounding our campuses. What do I mean about getting serious?

Get tested - and urge others to do so. Challenge members of your campus organization. Rally other residents on your dorm floor. Encourage your department coworkers. Take your family. Free and confidential testing is available through the Georgia Department of Public Health.

If you do test positive, reporting your results through our online self-reporting form is key to reducing the virus' spread by allowing our COVID-19 Response Team to contact others with whom you may have come into contact.

Cougars, let's get serious about our health, and the well-being of those around us. This week, let's add getting tested part of the ways we can show that #CougarsCare.

Sincerely,
Dr. Chip Reese
Chair, COVID-19 Response Team and
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs