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WHAT TO EXPECT IN QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are students required to wear masks in the dorms?

Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings will not be required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met, or for students in their own residence hall rooms or suites. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons; students should follow the Disability Resource Center’s existing accommodations process. 

Students should remember to stay 6 feet apart outdoors, too, whether they have a mask on or not. It takes each one of us to individually make the right decisions to protect each other and our community.

What if I am told I need to quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19?

If you are quarantining or isolating on campus, please visit our What to Expect in Quarantine and Isolation page.

All students should prepare their own plans now for how they will manage their circumstances in the event they require quarantine during the semester.

Ideally, students who need to quarantine would do so off campus. If a student living on campus is unable to return to a permanent home, they may possibly remain in their own on-campus space or in an alternate location provided by University Housing, depending on their room and bathroom configuration. Student Care and Outreach is available to assist with academic and other concerns.

What if I am told I need to isolate because of a positive (or presumed positive) test for COVID-19? 

Isolation is for sick students – or students who receive a positive COVID test. This separates students who are known (or reasonably believed) to be infected with COVID-19. Students needing to isolate may have received a positive test result or may be diagnosed by a medical professional as being presumptive positive based on their symptoms.

All students should prepare their own plans now for how they will manage their circumstances in the event they require isolation during the semester.

Regardless of a student’s housing arrangements (on-campus vs. off-campus), Student Care & Outreach will be engaging with all students who test positive for COVID-19 and require isolation and will be assisting them based on their individual circumstances. Generally, all students, upon receiving the results of a positive test, should leave campus immediately and return to their primary residence whenever possible, reporting their test results through DawgCheck. For students living on campus who are unable to return to a permanent home, University Housing will support them by providing an isolation space.

DawgCheck is an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool. Students, faculty and staff should check their symptoms every day with DawgCheck before they come to campus or leave their residence hall room.

Even if you’re not experiencing new symptoms, responding to DawgCheck every day is critical in supporting the health and safety of our campus and of the Athens community.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

What are the requirements for the 10-day quarantine option?

The CDC continues to recommend a quarantine period of 14 days for those who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, the University of Georgia will allow a reduced quarantine period of 10 days IF the individual in quarantine remains symptom-free throughout the first 10 days of quarantine. Read more about the 10-day option. 

If you are considering using the 10-day quarantine option, the CDC strongly recommends a test between days 8 and 10. Although a test is not required, each individual’s decision can have an impact on the larger community during this public health crisis, and an individual exiting their quarantine should be symptom-free and be confident in the ability to re-enter the community as a healthy individual. University Housing is happy to help you navigate the decision-making process (simply email hsg-guests@uga.edu).  

Where will I go if I have to isolate on campus?

If students do not have the ability to leave campus, we will have dedicated spaces—including one entire building—where students may isolate. These spaces have exterior exits, microwaves, refrigerators and in-room bathrooms. UGA’s Student Care and Outreach will engage with all students who require isolation and will assist them based on their individual circumstances.

Please visit the University Housing What to Expect in Quarantine and Isolation page for more details.

Will the doors of students in quarantine or isolation be marked?

Because of shared bathrooms and common areas, only in a small number of cases can students isolate or quarantine in their own residence hall space.  To protect the privacy of our students, we won’t be marking those doors. A positive test, however, does trigger a number of actions, including isolation and quarantine protocols, and contact tracing to identify anyone that student may have been in close contact with.

Are guests allowed to visit in the residence halls?

During the pandemic, no visitors or guests will be permitted within a resident’s assigned space. We did not make this decision lightly, attempting to balance healthy practices with recognizing that the residence halls are a home to our students.  While we appreciate that students will reduce guests to keep themselves and their fellow students safe,  if students do have visitors on campus we ask that they engage with them outside, as it is easier to socially distance outside and in large spaces.

Students should remember to stay 6 feet apart outdoors, too, whether they have a mask on or not. It takes each one of us to individually make the right decisions to protect each other and our community.

What is housing doing to maintain a healthy environment in the residence halls and what is residents' responsibility?

The health and wellbeing of residents is our highest priority. We have revised to our rigorous cleaning protocols, increased the frequency of touchpoint disinfection and added soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, hand sanitation stations and sanitizing wipe dispensers in all buildings. Moreover, we will remind residents that a healthy environment is their responsibility, too. Habits such as wearing masks, staying six feet apart, not allowing visitors and washing hands will be crucial to preventing illness from spreading. Every small act is a reminder that we’re in this together.

How can social distancing take place in dorms with two beds in the same room? 

Once residents move into a shared space, they are considered a social unit. If residents are concerned about living with another person, we suggest frequent cleaning and sanitation. Residents may also sleep head-to-toe to further distance themselves while sleeping.

Are room changes available?

We are only granting room changes on a limited basis.

How are the halls to be kept clean?

University Housing has taken the following steps:

- Installed “stand here” mats at each desk
- Installed sanitizer wipe dispensers in each common space, kitchen and study lounge
- Rearranged and removed seating to adhere to social distancing standards
- Increased number of sanitizer dispenser stations, including all entrances, hallways and elevator lobbies
- Increased number of trash receptacles and bathroom soap dispensers
- Added plexiglass counter shields to reception and community desks
- Increased the frequency of touchpoint disinfection
- Supplied individual hand sanitizer bottles to each resident
- Limited occupancy in common areas such as lobbies and study lounges
- Suspended the PIN-pad touchpoints for hall access (access will still require residents to scan their UGA OneCard)
- Added towel dispensers, soap dispensers and trash receptacles
- Community bathrooms are disinfected each morning, and cleaned late mornings and disinfected afternoons.

Suite and apartment bathrooms will not be cleaned by housing staff, but we will provide disinfectant wipes for each room.

Will the residence halls re-open for the spring 2021 semester?

Currently, the academic calendar for the Spring 2021 Semester has not changed. We expect and are planning to open the residence halls for the spring 2021 semester on January 6, 2021, knowing that we may need to adjust the plans as conditions warrant and as we receive directions from the University System of Georgia and the University’s senior administration.

Will halls be open for the dates that were initially designated for spring break? 

Yes. All residence halls, apartments and townhomes will remain open, even if they would normally close for break periods. Staff will be available and responding to work requests. Operations will continue as normal. 

Is there a fee for staying during those dates? 

There is no fee. 

Have any of the move-in/move-out dates changed for spring? 

No. Move-in for spring is Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., and halls close for summer at noon on May 15. 

Will Dining Services be open on the dates that were initially designated for spring break? 

Yes, all campus operations will be available as usual. 

Can I go home for the dates that were initially designated for spring break?

As with any other non-break period, residents are free to come and go as they please. 

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