COVID-19 Exposure and Health Alerts
Georgia Southern has a robust system, through our CARES Center for COVID-19 self-reporting, to record self-reported test results and symptoms; to evaluate callers’ unique situations; and to support Eagle Nation’s COVID-19 related academic, employment and on-campus notification needs.
The information below is presented by Georgia Southern to provide current, relevant information about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic on our campuses as collected through our CARES Center for COVID-19 self-reporting. Please note:
- Except where noted, this information is self-reported.
- The university is legally bound to protect the health and privacy information of individual faculty, staff, and students. Privacy laws prevent us from identifying anyone on this list.
- The totals may include reports from individuals who have not been on campus recently, there may be delays in reporting, and the totals may even include individuals who have recovered.
- Official numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the state of Georgia (as reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health) can be found online in the COVID-19 Daily Status Report.
Headed into the summer, the report below indicates zero university-confirmed cases and just 2 self-reported cases logged last week.
After 10 consecutive weeks of total cases reported at 25 cases or fewer, this is the final public posting of the University’s COVID-19 Exposure and Health Alert numbers.
Recognizing that COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots offer safe, effective protection, we continue to urge all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated either on campus or with a local provider. Georgia Southern offers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Booster shots are recommended for every individual aged 18 years and older at least 2 months after a 1-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) or at least 6 months after a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot.
Although vaccines remain effective at preventing severe disease, the CDC emphasizes everyone 18 years of age and older should receive a booster dose based on decreasing protection over time and the recent emergence of the Omicron variant.
University leaders continue to assess internal and external public health and safety factors, operational efficiency, and continuity of curriculum and service delivery to our students. We remain in frequent communication with the Georgia Department of Public Health, regional healthcare administrators, local government and community leaders, and the University System of Georgia.
Georgia Southern diligently tracks and reports both university confirmed and self-reported positive cases to ensure timely contact notification and to mitigate the spread of the virus amongst our population. This report should not be compared to other institutions that report only confirmed positive cases.
As a reminder, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.
Total confirmed positive cases for week of 5/9/2022 to 5/15/2022 = 0
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“Positive Cases” = Reports to the CARES center by students and employees who have self reported they have tested positive for COVID-19, PLUS numbers of positive results that have come back from tests that the university has administered.
“University Confirmed” = The number of positive results that have come back from tests ordered by Athletics or by University Health Services.
* “Self Reported” = Calls or forms submitted to CARES Center from individuals who claimed to have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
“By Role” = Primary role at Georgia Southern University as reported by respondents (“Employees” = faculty and staff).
“By Campus” = Self reported “home” campus by students or employees regardless of their physical presence on that campus.
“Day Total” = Total number of positive cases logged into the CARES Center per day.
“Weekly Cumulative Total” = Total number of positive cases – both university confirmed and self-reported – logged into the CARES Center per week.