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COVID-19 Information for the EGSC Community

COVID-19 Information for the EGSC Community
Last updated: August 31, 2020



Updates from the University System of Georgia:

July 08, 2020 - 7:32 AM • Important announcement about use of face coverings at East Georgia State College

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Important announcement about use of face coverings at East Georgia State College

East Georgia State College will implement the following directive from the University System of Georgia effective July 15, 2020:

Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.  Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.

Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.  Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

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Updates from the President of East Georgia State College:

August 31, 2020 - 3:01 PM • Message to EGSC Faculty and Staff

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Dear EGSC Faculty and Staff,

   As Labor Day weekend approaches, I have got to admit that I am really worried about everyone letting their guard down over the long weekend and having many come back to campus with COVID-19. So, here is a story I shared with students today:

   “As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, I recall a story about an eighteen year-old army private at a base in southern Texas standing in line to get a 36-hour pass. As he approached the 2nd lieutenant handing out the passes, the officer asked, “Where are you going?” The private answered “Nuevo Laredo, Sir.” The 2nd lieutenant paused and said, “Private, I hope you have thought about the risks you are taking. Is it worth risking the next 450,000 hours of your life for the risks you are going to be taking in the next 36 hours?” So, I just went to San Antonio, had a great 36 hours eating too much food and watching movies. I have not yet finished the next 450,000 hours the lieutenant mentioned, but I am getting close and I am still grateful for that 2nd lieutenant’s question.
   So, as Labor Day approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, please ask yourself if the risks you are considering over the weekend are worth risking the great life awaiting you during your next 450,000 hours. All I am asking is that you make good choices, socially distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask. Have a great Labor Day weekend.”

   As the week goes on, please talk with our students about the risks of COVID-19 and the steps they can take to minimize those risks. I never let that 2nd lieutenant know, that I listened to him. But I did.
   Please be healthy and safe.

   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

August 31, 2020 - 3:01 PM • Message to the EGSC Community

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Dear friends of East Georgia State College,

   As Labor Day weekend approaches, I have got to admit that I am really worried about our students letting their guards down over the long weekend and having many come back to campus with COVID-19. So, here is a story I shared with students today:

   “As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, I recall a story about an eighteen year-old army private at a base in southern Texas standing in line to get a 36-hour pass. As he approached the 2nd lieutenant handing out the passes, the officer asked, “Where are you going?” The private answered “Nuevo Laredo, Sir.” The 2nd lieutenant paused and said, “Private, I hope you have thought about the risks you are taking. Is it worth risking the next 450,000 hours of your life for the risks you are going to be taking in the next 36 hours?” So, I just went to San Antonio, had a great 36 hours eating too much food and watching movies. I have not yet finished the next 450,000 hours the lieutenant mentioned, but I am getting close and I am still grateful for that 2nd lieutenant’s question.
   So, as Labor Day approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, please ask yourself if the risks you are considering over the weekend are worth risking the great life awaiting you during your next 450,000 hours. All I am asking is that you make good choices, socially distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask. Have a great Labor Day weekend.”

   As the week goes on and you encounter our students in your daily activities, please talk with them about the risks of COVID-19 and the steps they can take to minimize those risks. I never let that 2nd lieutenant know, that I listened to him. But I did.
   Please be healthy and safe.

   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

August 31, 2020 - 3:01 PM • Message to EGSC Students

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Dear EGSC students,
   As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, I recall a story about an 18 year-old army private at an army base in southern Texas standing in line to get a 36-hour pass. As he approached the 2nd lieutenant handing out the passes, the officer asked, “Where are you going?” The private answered “Nuevo Laredo, Sir.” The 2nd lieutenant paused and said, “Private, hope you have thought about the risks you are taking. Is it worth risking the next 450,000 hours of your life for the risks you are going to be taking in the next 36 hours?” So, I just went to San Antonio, had a great 36 hours eating too much food and watching movies. I have not yet finished the next 450,000 hours the lieutenant mentioned, but I am getting close, and I am still grateful for that 2nd lieutenant’s question.
   So, as Labor Day approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, please ask yourself if the risks you are considering over the weekend are worth risking the great life awaiting you during your next 450,000 hours. All I am asking is that you make good choices, socially distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask. Have a great Labor Day weekend.
   Please stay safe, be healthy, and make good choices.

   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

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Updates from the Governor's Office:

April 09, 2020 - 7:24 AM • Governor’s Office extends Executive Order

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has renewed the the Public Health State of Emergency to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19 as of April 8, 2020. The Order extends his previous Executive Orders, which were due to expire on Monday, April 13, for a further period of 17 days. They will then expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020. To read the Executive Order in full, click the link below.

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Updates from the Georgia General Assembly:

April 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM • A Message from Representative Butch Parrish

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   Yesterday, Governor Kemp announced he is lifting restrictions for certain businesses and allowing them to reopen Friday, April 24th, 2020 and Monday, April 27, 2020. These businesses must follow the necessary guidelines set in place by the Governor's executive order and take every effort to practice social distancing to ensure the safety of themselves, their staff, and their customers.
   Please visit the links below for more information:
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-04-20/gov-kemp-updates-georgians-covid-19
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders
   It is important to note that some businesses will remain closed until further notice. Check out the graphics below for lists of services opening and services that must remain closed.

   To stay up-to-date on our state’s response to COVID-19 and explore options for financial relief during these uncertain times check out the following:
   • https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
   • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
   • https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases
   • https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
   • https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services
   It is also important to note that state and federal taxes will not be due until July 15, 2020. Stay safe and remain cautious!
   Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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Updates from the Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipal Officials:

April 01, 2020 - 1:00 PM • Declaration of a State of Emergency

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The Emanuel County Board of Commissioners passed the resolution declaring a local state of emergency:

A DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

EMANUEL COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITIES

ARISING BECAUSE OF COVID-19; AN ORDINANCE TAKING

IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY MEASURES

WHEREAS, the President of the United States declared a National Public Health Emergency on March 13, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Georgia declared a State Public Health Emergency on March 14, 2020 and urged “local officials to do what’s in the best interests of their communities to keep people safe and stop the spread of coronavirus”; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a world health emergency and a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 is escalating rapidly, internationally, nationally, and locally; and

WHEREAS, based upon the experience of other local governments in Georgia, a growing number of other cases are likely to occur; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the President of the United States stated that any gathering of over 10 people should be discontinued or prohibited; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Kemp announced that “certain individuals with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19 [were] to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place,” covering those who “live in long-term care facilities, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms or exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19”, and that the Department of Public Health would institute rules and regulations to implement such measures;

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Kemp additionally announced measures to “close all bars and nightclubs and …ban all gatherings of ten or more people” unless they can assure spacing for at least six (6) feet apart between people at all times beginning at noon on March 24, 2020 and lasting until noon on April 6, 2020; and

WHEREAS, public health experts, including those at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have advised that individuals infected with COVID-19 are contagious even while experiencing minor or no symptoms and implored leaders to take immediate action to prevent further community spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, preventing and slowing community spread of COVID-19 provides health systems additional time to obtain personal protective equipment necessary to protect healthcare workers and medical equipment necessary to treat COVID-19, and is therefore vital to the health of the nation;

WHEREAS, in the judgment of Emanuel County and its Municipalities, there exist emergency circumstances located within its jurisdiction requiring extraordinary and immediate response for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the community, the state, and the nation; and

WHEREAS, it is essential for the governing authority of the Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipal Officials to act immediately in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent or minimize sickness, injury, or death, to people and damage to property resulting from this public health crisis; and

WHEREAS, O.C.G.A. § 38-3-28 provides the political subdivisions of this state with the authority to make, amend, and rescind such orders, rules, and regulations as may be necessary for emergency management purposes to supplement rules and regulations promulgated by the Governor during a State of Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has previously held that “upon the principle of self-defense, of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members”; and

WHEREAS, the Emanuel County Code and Municipal Charters provide the governing authority with the authority to take actions deemed necessary to deal with such an emergency for the protection of the safety, health, and well-being of the citizens of the county; and

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DECLARED that a local state of emergency exists within the County and shall continue until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated.

THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED AND ORDAINED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE EMANUEL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS and participating Municipalities:

Section 1. Findings of Fact

For purposes of describing the circumstances which warrant the adoption of an emergency ordinance, Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipalities hereby adopt and make the findings included in the “WHEREAS” clauses as findings of fact.

Section 2. Declaration of Public Health State of Emergency

The Emanuel County Board of Commissioners and Municipalities hereby declare a public health state of emergency within the county because of the proliferation of COVID-19 in the United States and the State of Georgia, which will remain in force and effect for 90 days from the date hereof.

Section 3. Public Gatherings on Emanuel County

For the duration of the declared emergency, there shall be no public gatherings on any property owned or controlled by the County and/or its Municipalities. To avoid confusion, the following definitions shall apply under this Section: a “public gathering” shall mean the organized gathering or assembly of 10 or more persons at a specific location; “property owned or controlled by the Emanuel County Commissioners, its Municipalities, or an authority supported by the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, which shall include any park, public square, public space, playground, recreational area, or similar place of public gathering, but nothing herein shall prohibit individuals or families from using sidewalks or designated pedestrian areas of parks for walking or other exercise if they are not participating in an organized gathering.

Section 4. Classification County and Municipal Services

For the duration of the declared emergency, the County Administrator and City Administrators/Mayors shall be vested with the following discretion and authority, to wit:

To categorize County and Municipal services as either “required” or “discretionary,” and to periodically review and modify such categories.
To assign specific employees to required or discretionary services, and to periodically review and modify such assignments.
To use his or her discretion to permit employees to telework.
To temporarily suspend the provision of discretionary services and to direct employees who provide discretionary services not to report to work until such time as the service suspension is lifted or until such time as the County Administrator/City Administrator/Mayor redirects the employee to other services.
To contract for and expend non-budgeted sums and services, as may in his or her discretion be required to meet the demands upon government and services of the County for the duration of the declared emergency, including therein authority to spend such sums from the reserves of the County, or Municipality. Any such non-budgeted expenditures shall be reported to the respective governing authority.
To maintain, to the best of the ability of the resources of the County, the provision of essential services, which shall include, but not be limited to, public safety, public works, healthcare, and building permits.

Section 5. Eating Establishments

Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments where food is served must cease offering dine-in services but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or take-out services. Patrons, employees and contractors of the establishments must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, such restaurant, during the effective dates of this ordinance only, shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises;

Section 6. Closure of Certain Businesses

Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons, and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals, and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming, or general health and wellbeing purposes, must close and remain closed for the duration of this emergency.

Section 7. Personal Distance

All other establishments not covered in Sections 5 or 6 of this Ordinance such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses which remain open during the emergency must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others and shall not allow more than ten (10) people into such establishment at any one time if such social distancing cannot be maintained.

Section 8. Gatherings

Unless otherwise provided, all public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside of a household or living unit are prohibited.

Section 9. Exceptions

Nothing in this ordinance, however, prohibits the gathering of individuals for the purposes of carrying on business identified as “essential” under O.C.G.A. § 38-3-58, the provision of medical or health services, or critical infrastructure businesses and employees as designated by the Governor or identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (as may be found in the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, or subsequent document).

Section 10. Curfew

A curfew is imposed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. effective immediately. Residents, unless “exempt individuals” as defined herein, shall remain in their homes or on their property during the curfew period. Exempt individuals include those individuals engaged in the provision of designated, essential services, such as (1) fire; (2) law enforcement; (3) medical and hospital services, including veterinary services; (4) military services; (5) utility emergency repairs; (6) persons seeking emergency medical services or hospital services and those persons assisting such persons; (7) individuals traveling to and from their jobs with appropriate identification and persons traveling to medical facilities; (8) individuals engaged in the delivery of food, medicine, medical supplies, fuel including, but not limited to, the re-stocking of grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores; (9) news media employees; (10) designated employees or agents of businesses designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as “essential” pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-58; (11) persons providing necessary care of companion animals in the custody and care of an animal shelter, boarding facility, or kennel and persons walking personal animals; and (12) critical infrastructure businesses and employees as designated by the Governor or identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (as may be found in the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, or subsequent document).

Section 11. Procurement

The governing authority hereby suspends the bid and competitive portions of the County’s /City’s Procurement Policy or ordinances and authorize the County/City Administrator/Mayor to utilize the single-source policy and to require departments to provide a written justification for the procurement during the effective dates of this Resolution and/or utilize any emergency procurement provisions contained. County/city officials shall continue to seek the best prices during the state of emergency.

Section 12.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this Declaration are hereby suspended during the effective dates of this Declaration (or any extension thereof) and the terms and provisions of this Declaration shall prevail.

This Ordinance after adoption by the Emanuel County Commissioners and participating Municipalities and upon approval by the Commissioner Chair/Mayor shall become effective immediately.

ORDAINED AND RESOLVED, this 1st day of April 2020.

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Updates from Emanuel Medical Center:

April 28, 2020 - 3:55 PM • A message from Emanuel Medical Center

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   Message from our CEO:
   Emanuel Medical Center wants you to know and understand that we are here for you. As the Governor is allowing our state to open back up with restrictions, we want you to feel safe and feel comfortable coming back in to our hospital and clinics. We will continue to be a safe place to come for all your healthcare needs. All of our clinics and hospital have the appropriate PPE, sterilizing cleaners to disinfect and a comprehensive screening process that will remain in place until further notice.
   As your healthcare provider, we don’t want anyone putting off your routine services. We will be taking the proper precautions to serve you in our clinics, outpatient testing and elective surgeries in a healthy and safe environment. Our clinics are happy to see you in the office, therefore will continue our telemedicine practices if that is better for you and your family.
   If you are concerned that you have Covid-19, then please call your primary care physician’s office to discuss your symptoms and your possible exposure. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
   Be prepared to treat the common symptoms of COVID-19, which includes fever, cough, and possible respiratory congestion. Be sure to remain hydrated, drinking plenty of liquids. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain electrolytes that are effective in combating dehydration.
   Thank you for your continued support to our community and hospital. Emanuel Medical Center and our physician offices are committed to caring for our community. We are pleased to now be able to test all patients that meet the criteria of COVID-19 testing guidelines.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 478-289-1100 and ask for Administration.
   Sincerely,
   Damien Scott, CEO

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EGSC Travel Registry:

March 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM • Travel Precautions

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   East Georgia State College is actively monitoring the current situation concerning Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and taking proactive steps to promote the health and safety of everyone in our college community. Each of you is extremely important to us.
   As you may have already heard, all faculty, staff and students of University System of Georgia institutions who have recently traveled, or will soon travel, to a location designated as Level 3 or higher by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) must remain at home as they monitor their own health condition for 14 days prior to returning to campus.  See the CDC website for a list of those Level 3 locations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html .
   In order to implement this important step to protect our college community, EGSC is instituting a new Travel Registry effective March 10, 2020. Registration is required if you have recently traveled or plan to travel to any of the Level 3 destinations before the beginning of fall semester 2020.
   EGSC also encourages you to voluntarily register any domestic or international travel plans (from now until the beginning of fall semester) as you make those plans. This voluntary registration will enable the college to understand and evaluate risks as the situation develops. In short, knowing your travel plans will enable EGSC to better communicate with you about risks and precautionary measures and to protect our college community.
   Please click here to register your travel.


Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19:

March 26, 2020 - 5:57 PM • Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19

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Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19:


   Please follow the links below to learn more about COVID-19 responses and offerings from the providers/resources listed (offerings subject to change):

   Another very useful website to add to the list is www.broadbandnow.com  which allows you to enter your zip code to determine internet options that are available in the respective area.

Update on April 23, 2020:

EGSC has joined Eduroam (https://www.eduroam.org/) service to allow EGSC faculty, staff and students to easily access global roaming Wi-Fi.  These Wi-Fi hotspots are available at colleges and universities, national labs, museums in Georgia and across the United States and allow for secure Wi-Fi access using your myEGSC login credentials so that no matter where you are, you can utilize Wi-Fi like you’re at EGSC.  When you are at an Eduroam location, just select “eduroam” as the wireless network and enter your myEGSC login credentials and you’re all set!  To find an eduroam location near you, visit https://www.incommon.org/eduroam/eduroam-u-s-locator-map/

Update on July 21, 2020:

Northland Cable has set up several free WiFi hotspots around town in Swainsboro, Statesboro and Vidalia, GA.  Here is the link to share for the locations: https://www.vyvebroadband.com/free-wifi/

Update on July 23, 2020:

WiFi Access Points along the Statesboro "Blue Mile" have been announced. They are as follows:

  • 1 Max Lockwood Dr, Statesboro, GA 30458 - Honey Bowen Building Facing the Playground on the east side of the building.  Click Here
  • 222 S Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458 - Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau building facing the front parking lot.  Click Here
  • 124 S Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458 - Statesboro Regional Public Library in a 2nd floor window facing the parking lot opposite main street.  Click Here
  • 33 E Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458 - Averitt Center for the Arts building facing the Bulloch County Courthouse South lawn and East Main street. Click Here
  • 36 West Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458 - The Post Parking lot across from the Statesboro Post Office.  Click Here
  • 2900 Northside Dr W, Statesboro, GA 30458 - Old Nevil Tire Building facing the front parking lot.

Further COVID-19 Information:

March 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM • Further COVID-19 Information

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   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page updates daily:

 

 Below is East Georgia State College's current pandemic/infectious disease response plan. This is currently being reviewed in light of the Coronavirus alerts.

       • RESPONSE PLAN

   East Georgia State College's Emergency Response Plan flip chart can found in each office and the EGSC Police Department website in .pdf form here: http://www.ega.edu/police/emergency-response The page relevant to pandemic/infectious disease response can be found below
       • FLIPCHART

Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms.  The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

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