Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on UGA campus is at 0% |

ATHENS — As University of Georgia students prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving, campus-wide reported cases of COVID-19 had fallen to near-historic lows and the positivity rate for asymptomatic tests is at 0%.

In the week of November 15-21, a total of 23 cases were reported, a decrease of six cases from the previous week. This week’s figure marks a 95.5% drop from the peak in cases reported around Labor Day.

And for the first time since college began testing for COVID, no asymptomatic individuals tested positive for the virus. A total of 599 asymptomatic subjects were tested during the week.

Of the 23 cases reported to DawgCheck, 16 were students and seven staff members. None of the teachers reported positive cases.

The total number of cases at UGA reflects declining trends in the local community and in the state of Georgia.

“As the end of the fall semester approaches, we continue to be encouraged by the low number of COVID-19 cases on campus, but we must remain vigilant,” Jen Swails, interim director of the University Health Center and co-chair of the Medical The university’s Oversight Task Force, said in a press release. “We greatly appreciate the continued efforts of our students, faculty and staff to fight this pandemic, and we continue to emphasize the importance of both COVID-19 vaccinations and testing to protect our campus community.”

The UHC can test up to 800 people per day through its surveillance testing program. This service is provided free of charge to the campus community.

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. A walk-in test will be offered on December 8 and 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. received six months ago. To date, the UHC has administered more than 30,600 vaccines to members of the UGA community. The university will continue to offer free T-shirts for vaccinations while supplies last.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, the UHC also offers the flu vaccine without an appointment to all students, faculty, and staff from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flu shots are available to UGA students, student spouses, current teachers and staff and their dependents (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.

As last year, UGA will maintain a stock of on-campus and off-campus rooms to allow for isolation and quarantine housing as needed. 1% of the housing stock is currently in use. The UGA community is made up of nearly 50,000 students, faculty and staff.

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 area and (4) reports of positive tests from other sources.

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