September 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates: Awareness Will Be Key This Week
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
For some of us, the long Labor Day weekend holiday may have included increased travel and socializing. That will require all of us to be especially aware of and ultra-sensitive to monitoring our personal health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 exposure.
As a reminder: if you have received a positive COVID-19 test, are experiencing symptoms of the virus, or have been exposed to a person who has symptoms or a positive test result for COVID-19, self-reporting is critical. As we said last week, reporting early and reporting often is key.
Our COVID-19 Response Team can guide you regarding if and when testing is appropriate. If you prefer to pursue testing on your own, free testing is available through the Georgia Department of Public Health.
If your Labor Day activities included large-group gatherings, travel through crowded areas, or interactions with folks who were not wearing face coverings, please recognize your risk of possible exposure. Your best line of defense is limiting your exposure to others as much as possible, being even more diligent about washing your hands, and maintaining even greater physical distancing with others.
Your choices matter! Your diligence and making wise choices are making a difference. We appreciate each of you who have made face coverings, handwashing, physical distancing, and small-group gatherings a priority. As of Sept. 7, the university has six active, self-reported cases involving students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. By now, many of us know a friend or family member touched by this insidious virus. We are thinking of you and hoping those affected personally fully recover soon.
Thanks to each of you for showing that #CougarsCare for each other, our campus and the entire Columbus community.
Dr. Chip Reese
Chair, Return-to-Campus Task Force and
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs