Bucking the national trend, the University of Georgia plans to resume normal class operations following spring break on Monday. And the University System of Georgia intends to keep all 26 public campuses open, contrary to decisions by more than 150 other colleges, including the entire University of North Carolina System, to close down because of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Emory announced it is moving classes online and closing its dorms, followed by a similar decision earlier today by the Atlanta University Center campuses, Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta,
In a letter to college presidents, the University System of Georgia said that it has been told by the Georgia Department of Public Health that the risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia remains low.
The USG’s announcement that colleges will remain open came shortly before Gov. Brian Kemp revealed the first COVID-19 death in Georgia, a 67-year-old man with underlying medical conditions.
The USG letter states:
Therefore, all 26 USG institutions will remain open for face-to-face education at this time.
Many of you have asked, what can we do? The most important responsibility we each have is to practice prevention. Prevention is paramount.
Please urge your faculty, staff and students to take appropriate measures such as:
Wash hands regularly.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Be responsible and courteous to others and stay 五福彩821ccapp if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
Be mindful of those in high risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.
We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent choices for the well-being of the USG community.
The latest information is that (as of Thursday morning) there are 12 confirmed and 19 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. These numbers are likely to change.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.