August 6, 2020

If you think you might be sick…

In addition to conducting COVID-19 testing before you arrive to campus, Emory will also offer follow-up testing for students who exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you think you may be sick, visit the Student Health Services (SHS) patient portal. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., send a message to the “COVID Assessment Provider.” An SHS healthcare provider from will give you a call to review your symptoms and discuss next steps. After hours, call the medical center at 404-727-7551, option 0.

Contact Tracing

During the onboarding process, you will be asked to identify your close contacts – defined by the CDC as anyone you have been within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more at a time. You should continue to update your list throughout the semester with anyone you routinely interact with on campus.

Whenever someone on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19, a member of the Emory Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Program will:

  • Track and call the contacts of the diagnosed individual.
  • Determine exposure and assess symptoms.
  • Refer for testing if needed.
  • Provide instructions on next steps, which may include isolation or quarantine.

Emory’s contact tracers will comply with all regulations regarding confidential and personal information. For more information on Emory’s contact tracing protocols, visit the Student Health Services website.

Isolation and Quarantine: Wraparound Care for the Body and Mind

Emory is providing full-service quarantine and isolation care for residential students at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Students will temporarily transition to this location if they live on campus and either:

  • Receive a positive result from a COVID-19 test conducted by Emory (requiring isolation), or
  • Are identified as a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and, following a health assessment by an SHS team member, are required to go into quarantine.

In either of these circumstances, you will be asked to make the transition as quickly as possible. Although we will help make sure you have everything you need from your room to be comfortable during your stay, we also advise you to keep a “Go Bag” with the following items packed and ready at all times:

  • Critical prescription medications that can last 2 weeks
  • Electronics and accessories (including headphones and chargers)
  • Academic items and books
  • Clothes and underwear for a week (laundry will be available)
  • Personal items (toothbrush and toothpaste, hair products, feminine products, deodorant, glasses/contacts, retainer, skin medications, etc.)
  • A pillow or other comfort items

To support our students, the Emory Conference Center Hotel will provide a range of campus services with no added charge, including:

  • 24/7 active monitoring and medical care
  • Meal deliveries tailored to dietary and religious requirements
  • Academic support from Emory College OUE, Goizueta Academic Advising, and Emory Nursing Student Services
  • Emotional support and wellness programming via Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL), and others
  • Laundry services

Students may choose to complete their required isolation or quarantine at home instead of at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. For off-campus quarantine/isolation, you will need to be cleared by a Student Health Services healthcare provider and test negative for COVID-19 before returning to campus.

It’s time to go home!

When you meet our discharge criteria, you will be cleared to return to your residence hall. We don’t want to see you return to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, but know that we are there if you need us!