COVID-19 Reporting and Cases

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Brenau University requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus or interacting with the campus community face-to-face.

Has Brenau revised our protocols regarding COVID-19 exposure?

Brenau University’s COVID Task Force is aware of changes to CDC guidelines on Oct. 21, 2020 regarding the definition of close contact. At this time this change does not impact our protocols. If future changes are made in our protocols, we will inform the Brenau community and changes will be reflected on this site.

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What do I do if I have coronavirus/flu symptoms?

If a Brenau student exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 or flu, that person must contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 and follow the instructions received.

During this time we ask that you self-quarantine. If you are off-campus we ask that you do not come to campus. If you are on-campus we ask that you remain in your room, wear a mask and avoid contact with anyone until directed otherwise.

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If I’m having coronavirus/flu symptoms can I continue with schooll?

No one displaying symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 and/or flu is permitted to enter campus. Those already on campus must be self-isolating or in quarantine. During this time students may not attend any on-ground, face-to-face functions at any Brenau facility.

If you are feeling well enough, though, you may attend any online or remote classes, and faculty will do their best to accommodate any students who wish to attend remotely during this time.

Using the GDPH guidelines for discontinuing home isolation, the affected employees and students may return to campus when they have met all three of the following criteria and provides a physician’s note that they are able to return to work:

  • No fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicines), AND
  • Improved symptoms, AND
  • Been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

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What are Brenau’s cleaning/disinfecting protocols?

There are three levels of cleaning and disinfecting:

  1. Faculty/staff will wipe frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, technology etc.) following each class and after all students leave the classroom.
  2. Each evening Aramark/housekeeping will clean classrooms and high traffic areas including all surfaces.
  3. If there is a COVID positive case, there will be a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines in that area.

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What happens if I (student) am exposed or test positive for COVID?

Important Terminology:
First Degree Exposures
Anyone who has contact with a positive case for longer than 15 minutes, less than 6 feet apart and not wearing a mask
Contact Tracing
Positive cases and first degree exposures
Procedures for Students with COVID circumstances
  • If they have COVID symptoms
    • Students will be asked to quarantine either in their room or in a quarantine room
    • Students will complete a release of information and then Health Services will send out a notification to an appointed staff member who will then notify each professor
    • The student will be contacted daily
    • Once symptoms resolve, Health services will provide a Return to Normal Campus Activity form for that student who will be responsible for giving to all instructors, athletic department or any other organization on campus
  • Awaiting test results
    • Students will be asked to quarantine either in their room or in a quarantine room
    • Students will complete a release of information and then Health Services will send out a notification to an appointed staff member who will then notify each professor
      • Negative test results – Health services will provide a Return to Normal Campus Activity form for that student who will be responsible for giving to all instructors, athletic department or any other organization on campus
  • Positive COVID test
    • Students will be asked to isolate in an isolation room for at least 10 days
    • Students will complete a release of information and then Health Services will send out a notification to an appointed staff member who will then notify each professor
    • All first degree exposures will be contacted and quarantine started
    • Contact tracing will start
    • The student will be released from isolation once their case meets the CDC guidelines. Health services will provide a Return to Normal Campus Activity form for that student who will be responsible for giving to all instructors, athletic department or any other organization on campus
  • Exposed to someone with COVID
    • Students will be asked to quarantine either in their room or in a quarantine room for 14 days
    • Students will complete a release of information and then Health Services will send out a notification to an appointed staff member who will then notify each professor
    • At the end of quarantine, Health services will provide a Return to Normal Campus Activity form for that student who will be responsible for giving to all instructors, athletic department or any other organization on campus
Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status with name of student, date of possible return to campus
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the our COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily

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What is the protocol if a student in our class tests positive for COVID?

The university Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use the most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

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What is the procedure to be cleared to come back to campus if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Using the Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines for discontinuing home isolation, the affected employees and students may return to campus when they have met all three of the following criteria and provides a physician’s note that they are able to return to work:

  • No fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicines)
  • Improved symptoms
  • Been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared

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What happens when a positive test is reported?

The University Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed.

Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

The university will report student and employee cases on our COVID-19 Reporting and Cases webpage.

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Brenau University Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Brenau University’s number one priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. The university’s COVID Task Force is monitoring the COVID-19 status on Brenau campuses. University leadership will continue to work with local and state agencies on this effort.

Brenau University is providing notifications of confirmed cases as received on this webpage.

For a complete list of confirmed cases as of August 14, 2020 please see our public Brenau University Confirmed COVID-19 Cases spreadsheet (Google Sheets).

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