March 5, 2020
University of Georgia Faculty, Staff, and Students
Jere W. Morehead, President
S. Jack Hu, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Garth Russo, M.D., Executive Director of University Health Center
Spring Break is quickly approaching, and the dynamic on campus will change as many of our students and faculty leave campus to take a break from tests, papers, and research. Whatever your plans for this well-deserved break, we want everyone to return on time to UGA safe and healthy.
If you are planning to travel during Spring Break, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
- Check the travel information on the CDC and State Department websites and talk with your family and travel companions to make a wise decision
about travel plans.
- The University of Georgia has cancelled Spring Semester, Spring Break, and Maymester programs in China, South Korea, and Italy — all Level 3 or 4 countries on the State Department and CDC websites. The CDC strongly advises that you should not travel to a location with a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Health Notice.
- In an abundance of caution and consistent with guidelines from the CDC and Georgia Department of Health, all travelers originating from, returning from, or connecting through a CDC Warning Level 3 or higher travel notice area MUST NOT return to a University of Georgia campus or facility until they have been asymptomatic for a period of 14 days from the date of entering/reentering the United States. Travelers should self-quarantine and follow CDC and local health authority guidelines.
- Guidelines for self-quarantine from the CDC include:
- Restricting activities outside the home except for appointments with a medical professional for evaluation.
- Limited contact with others in the home, including pets.
- Frequent hand washing.
- Regular cleaning of all high-touch surfaces including tables, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixtures, television remotes, and phones.
- Limiting the sharing of household items like drinking glasses, plates, utensils, bedding, towels, and clothing.
- Washing dishes, clothing, and bedding regularly.
- Remember, the status of countries or regions regarding coronavirus may change while you are traveling and affect airport or other travel processes. Stay connected to the CDC and State Department websites to ensure you have the latest information. We want you to return to Georgia safely.
- For all students, faculty, and staff, if you are traveling internationally in any capacity — through UGA or on personal travel — please register your travel through the Office of Global Engagement’s International Travel Registry.
- If, at any time, you experience symptoms similar to coronavirus, take precautions by self isolating, and call ahead to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or other appropriate health care facility.
We need our entire community safe and healthy in order to finish the semester well. As a reminder, we have coronavirus information and resources available at www.uga.edu/coronavirus and will be updating the site regularly. Thank you for staying informed and working to stay healthy — for yourself and our entire Bulldog community.
Enjoy your Spring Break. We look forward to having everyone back on campus on March 16.