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COVID-19 cases remain low at UGA as the end of the semester approaches

Surveillance test positivity rate lower than last week; pop-up test available for the holidays

As the fall semester at the University of Georgia draws to a close, reported cases of COVID-19 on campus remain low overall, with the positivity rate for surveillance testing declining from the previous week.

In the week of November 22 – December 5, a total of 29 cases were reported, an increase of 10 cases from the previous week. This week’s figure marks a 95% drop from the peak in cases reported around Labor Day.

The University Health Center (UHC) posted the data on its website on Wednesday morning as part of its weekly update. Of the 29 cases reported in DawgCheck, 21 were students and eight staff members. No cases have been reported among faculty members.

The positivity rate for UGA’s surveillance tests fell from the previous week, with two of 373 asymptomatic individuals testing positive at a rate of 0.5%. The UHC can test up to 800 people per day and this service is provided free of charge to the campus community.

“We continue to ask the UGA community to remain vigilant about the COVID-19 pandemic and to do everything possible to protect themselves and those around them, especially as we get closer to the holiday season,” said Jen Swails , interim director. of the University Health Center and co-chair of the university’s Medical Oversight Task Force. “The COVID-19 vaccination, as well as a booster shot for those who qualify, remains one of the best ways to fight the virus, and the health center continues to offer these services to all UGA students, faculty and staff. ”

The UGA College of Public Health, in conjunction with the UHC, will continue to offer pop-up COVID-19 testing at the Tate Center before the winter break. Walk-in tests are offered today (December 8 and December 20) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is required for these services.

The UHC will also continue to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to educators, staff, and students and their family members over the age of 16. Booster shots are also available to faculty, staff, students, and their eligible dependents who receive at least their second dose. got six months ago. To date, the UHC has administered 31,195 vaccines to members of the UGA community.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, the UHC also offers the no-appointment flu vaccine to all students, faculty, and staff from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday. Flu shots are available to UGA students, student spouses, current teachers and staff and their family members (aged 13 and older), and retired teachers. A flu shot is free for those who bring a UGA ID and current insurance card. A flu shot costs $50 for those uninsured. Appointments can also be made by telephone in the Allergy/Travel Clinic by calling 706-542-5575 or via patientportal.uhs.uga.edu.

The flu vaccine is also readily available from local pharmacies, clinics and primary care physicians. The Georgia Department of Public Health offers a HealthMap Vaccine Finder on its website.

If patients are eligible, both flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered during the same visit.

Like last year, the university will keep a stock of rooms on and off campus to accommodate isolation and quarantine housing as needed. There is currently no housing stock in use.

The weekly DawgCheck reporting data consists of information from four sources: (1) tests conducted through UGA’s surveillance testing program; (2) symptomatic tests performed at the University Health Center; (3) reports from medical providers in the Athens region; and (4) reports of positive tests from other sources.