July 27, 2020

Emory Student Health COVID-19 Guide >>

Emory University Student Health Services will provide and coordinate comprehensive care for Emory students as they return to campus. Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta, we have created necessary processses and procedures to both foster a safe learning environment and protect the health of our students and staff. 

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July 17, 2020

Dear Emory Students,

It is hard to believe how fast the summer is moving, considering that life seems to have slowed down. We all know that this year will look and feel like no other. I also want to acknowledge that this is a critical moment in the trajectory of this pandemic and how that has informed Emory’s decision to limit the return to campus.

Our decisions have been made intentionally, holistically, and proactively in the best interest of the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. Even though the majority of students will live off-campus, we want to reassure you that Student Health Services (SHS) will be available to support your needs during this pandemic.

Please do your part to help mitigate the current rise in cases, which includes an increasing number of cases in younger adults in their 20s and 30s. 

  • WEAR YOUR MASKS AT ALL TIMES while you are out in public to protect your community and neighbors, many of whom are vulnerable. Masks will be required upon your return to campus, to be used even while hanging out with your friends, so please get into the habit now.

  • If you are part of the cohort who has already returned to research and professional/graduate student learning, ensure that you have completed the required components and modules.

  • Do not meet in groups larger than 10 and even then, only outside, physically distanced and while wearing masks. Outside spaces are so enjoyable during the summer and are the safest. Indoor spaces are always limited by the ability to physically distance (6 feet apart).

I want to review the access to care that is currently in place this summer, during this new landscape. Your Student Health Services continues to work diligently to ensure that your return to campus is as safe and calm as possible and that access is in place to support as many students off-campus as possible.

One important piece of news is that Student Health is now CONTRACTED with BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD. We know that this will be a relief to many of you and your parents.

COVID Related Care

  • If you experience any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID, go to your patient portal and send a message to the “COVID Assessment Provider” daily, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You will receive a call from our team to review your symptoms and receive further direction. After hours, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” to access the medical call center.

  • After discussing your symptoms or situation with the provider or nurse, you may be set up for testing, as appropriate. At this time, we have the ability to do nasopharyngeal Polymerase Chain Reaction testing and results are obtained in 1-3 days depending on the volume of tests.

  • We currently are not testing asymptomatic students unless they are a contact of a COVID positive individual. Asymptomatic testing can be done at Peachtree Immediate Care https://www.peachtreemed.com/book/north-decatur/

Non-COVID Related Care

  • We are seeing many students through telehealth appointments who currently live in Georgia. Many appointments are well suited for telehealth, including birth control refills or follow up appointments for chronic conditions. Call 404-727-7551 to schedule an appointment. Telepsychiatry appointments are also available, call 404-727-6145.

  • We recently opened web booking appointments on the portal for physicals and annual women’s health appointments, in addition to immunization and allergy appointments.

  • If you have any other same-day or acute care concerns (i.e., sprained ankle, poison ivy, etc.) or you need refills on your current medications, please call 404-727-7551 to make an appointment.

As we move into fall semester, Student Health Services and the university continue to develop the following health and wellness related responses to support the safety of our community and control the spread of COVID during the fall semester. Below are just a few of the initiatives in progress. Further specific instruction and information will be forthcoming in the next several weeks.

  • COVID screening upon arrival on campus for students

  • Identifying, testing, contact tracing and support for students who become symptomatic with COVID.

  • Isolation and quarantine housing and medical follow-up for those students living on campus who become infected with COVID or were in close contact with someone with COVID.

  • Medical follow-up and telephone outreach for those off-campus students who are COVID positive to identify and support those who are in need of further assessment.

  • Contact tracing will be done within our Emory community to augment and support the Department of Public Health’s contact tracing process.

The most important element to our collective safety and success in supporting our community through this pandemic is your individual commitment to the health behaviors needed to prevent the spread of this infection as outline by the Emory Community Compact. We know this virus is only getting more contagious, so this is more important than ever.

In health,

Sharon Rabinovitz, MD
Executive Director
Student Health Services

July 1, 2020

Community Expectations

Prior to course registration, students must submit (or update) their immunization compliance records online at the Student Patient Portal.

We understand the priority of medical management and containment in the event of new cases of COVID-19. Therefore, we are working closely with our Emory Healthcare colleagues and other subject matter experts to establish the protocols for testing, isolation of infected persons, and contact tracing and quarantine of close contacts of infected persons.

In addition, health monitoring processes are being established to engage students as we incorporate self-monitoring into our daily routines. More information on testing and monitoring will be forthcoming.

Emory Student Health will be providing both in-person visits and telehealth appointments, as well as COVID-19 evaluation and testing in the fall.

Before returning to campus, all students must complete a series of onboarding tasks to help them understand what is expected of them to do their part in keeping the Emory campus safe. Students will also be required to enroll in and attend an online training module. (7/1)
New Student Programs is currently working with campus partners to re-imagine our orientation and move-in experience in a manner that is consistent with  public safety guidelines. As exact dates and details are determined, they will be provided on the Emory Forward and Campus Life websites. This information will also be shared with all incoming students via email. (7/1)

Emory is putting new policies and guidelines in place to better protect the health and safety of the community, relying on directives and recommendations of public health authorities.  Despite these measures, some individuals may become ill with COVID-19, and therefore we understand that some students may be fearful of returning to campus.

If you are not comfortable with returning to campus:

  • There are online academic options for students who are unable to return to campus or are uncomfortable doing so. Please talk to your academic advisor, program director, department chair, or dean to express your concerns.  You may also contact the Office of Undergraduate Education  to make arrangements to complete the semester in a fully online format.

  • If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as anxiety and receive a medical certification, you may be entitled to accommodations on campus. Contact Accessibility Services.

  • If you need to speak with someone, Counseling and Psychological Services provides a range of services to help with your emotional health. Call (404) 727-7450 or visit http://counseling.emory.edu.

(7/1)

Everyone is asked to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth while on campus. Wearing a face covering helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 via respiratory droplets to others and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The policy is a commitment to the health and safety of the Emory community. (7/1)
No. While wearing a face covering, you must still practice physical distancing of at least six feet, perform frequent handwashing and avoid touching your face and face covering. (7/1)
All students will be expected to adhere to safety and health-related guidelines, including but not limited to wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing. (7/1)
All students who will be on campus will receive a Welcome Tool Kit which includes 5 reusable masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, a door opening tool, and a pack to carry these materials with you on a daily basis. (7/17)
Our plan for now is two-fold. First, all students residing on campus for the fall will be tested when they arrive to move in. Second, students will be tested throughout the semester if they become symptomatic or have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. Please understand that this policy may change as new data and public health guidance comes available. (7/17)
Student Health Services will have a COVID assessment and testing facility on campus to serve students in the fall. The student health insurance plan covers testing at 100%. Most other insurance have also been covering testing at 100%, but this coverage is plan-specific and may change over time. (6/23)

Following an assessment by SHS (more details on this process are located here), you may be set up for testing, if appropriate. We are not currently testing asymptomatic students unless they are a contact of a COVID positive individual. Asymptomatic testing can be done at Peachtree Immediate Care https://www.peachtreemed.com/book/north-decatur/.

We plan to provide testing to all Emory staff and faculty who are symptomatic or exposed throughout the semester.  Asymptomatic testing available is also planned but is dependent on testing demands and availability. We are still finalizing our return-to-campus testing plan for staff and faculty and will provide more details as soon as possible. (7/17)
The Emory Conference Center Hotel will be our designated quarantine and isolation location for undergraduate residential students. This location will be served by the SHS medical team using active monitoring protocol and will receive wrap-around services from the University (including laundry, meal delivery tailored to dietary and religious requirements, academic support, emotional and wellness support, etc). (7/17)
Our student health provider team (including Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician's Assistants) have developed a protocol for following up with students by phone and, if needed, in person. (7/17)
No. Quarantine and isolation facilities will be available to all students residing in campus housing. (7/17)
Yes, you are able to go home and return to campus after recovering and testing negative for COVID-19. You will need to work with Student Health Services to ensure you are cleared to return to campus. (7/17)

We are recommending that you do not meet in groups larger than 10 and even then, only outside, physically distanced and while wearing masks. Outside spaces are so enjoyable during the summer and are the safest. Indoor spaces are always limited by the ability to physically distance (6 feet apart).

As we move into fall semester, Student Health Services and the university continue to develop the following health and wellness related responses to support the safety of our community and control the spread of COVID during the fall semester. A few of the initiatives in progress include:

  • COVID screening upon arrival on campus for students
  • Identifying, testing, contact tracing and support for students who become symptomatic with COVID.
  • Isolation and quarantine housing and medical follow-up for those students living on campus who become infected with COVID or were in close contact with someone with COVID.
  • Medical follow-up and telephone outreach for those off-campus students who are COVID positive to identify and support those who are in need of further assessment.
  • Contact tracing will be done within our Emory community to augment and support the Department of Public Health’s contact tracing process.

Let's all do our part for our community


Read the Community Compact