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.

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

Students

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • COVID team will be providing excuses from classes ONLY for COVID related illnesses.

 

COVID Exposure

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form.
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately.
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure.
    • Remain off campus or in current housing location until a negative antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location until you are moved into quarantine/isolation housing
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine.

 

Living with a COVID-positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location.until you are assigned to an isolation/quarantine location
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited campus activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask while on campus
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning commonly touched areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5 from diagnosis – completed at Health Services
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May only come to campus to attend scheduled classes, labs
      • No participation in extra- curricular activities including, but not limited to sorority events, athletics, convocations etc.

 

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 and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines

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 happens if I (faculty or staff) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?

Faculty and Staff

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus until cleared by the COVID team
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Brenau is asking ALL affiliates who are sick to stay off campus.
    • Remain off campus until a negative antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • Employees will be using sick time per HR policy

 

COVID exposures

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure
    • Off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine

 

Living with a COVID positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
  • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited work activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning work areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May teach class or complete on-campus daily activities
      • No closed door meeting or large gatherings

 

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 and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines

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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I was exposed to COVID or tested positive. Should I take wellness time?

In all of the situations listed below, you must complete the online COVID Reporting Form if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID. After completing the form, someone from the COVID team will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

  • If you’re feeling unwell
    • Stay at home
    • take a wellness day
  • If you’re COVID positive
    • Stay at home.
    • If you don’t have symptoms, you may work remotely until quarantine is completed.
    • If you develop symptoms, stop working and take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Do not work.
    • Take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and do not have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Work remotely.

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How will I know if a student, colleague or teacher is in quarantine?

As per HIPAA guidelines, Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will not discuss the details of COVID exposure with anyone other than the patient and contact tracers. Faculty, staff or students considered exposed will be contacted by contact tracers. Notification of faculty, staff or students who are not considered exposed will come directly from the patient themselves.

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was created to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ health information possessed by health insurance plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. It limits who may share health information and whom it can be shared with.

Notification Procedure for Faculty/Staff/Students reporting COVID-19 cases, exposure and symptoms

  1. Complete the COVID Reporting Form on the Brenau App.
    1. Upon submission you will receive an email containing instructions for your situation and a member of the contact tracing team will reach out to you.
  2. Faculty/staff/student is to remain off campus or confined to student housing room until cleared by the COVID team.
  • If a positive case is identified
    1. That person will begin isolation immediately
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer. It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release of isolation, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.
  • If an exposure has been identified
    1. That person will begin quarantine immediately
      1. The COVID team will review each case and decide the best course of action based on vaccination status and symptoms reported.
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer.  It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release of isolation, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.
  • If someone is experiencing symptoms
    1. That person will begin quarantine immediately
      1. The COVID team will review each case and decide the best course of action based on vaccination status and symptoms reported.
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer.  It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release from quarantine, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.

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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 complete the COVID Reporting form found on the Brenau app and website 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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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).