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Phase 3: July 27, 2020

Last updated: July 7, 2020

Return to new normal with full staff while continuing to make use of telework, scheduling, and other measures to maintain social distancing and flexibility. Target date is now July 27.  

Staffing

  • All remaining staff and faculty return to campus as normally scheduled.
  • Employees previously working staggered or rotating schedules and/or teleworking may return to a normal, on-campus schedule with limited exceptions.
  • Individuals who are in higher-risk categories and who have applied for and been approved for accommodations should continue to work under those accommodations.

Facility Access

Facilities will be open and most units will resume normal service hours.

Meetings & Gatherings

In all phases, internal and external meetings and events on campus are limited to the restrictions of local, state and federal orders.

Employee Travel

All non-essential travel by USG employees is currently prohibited. Any changes in travel restrictions will be shared as circumstances change.

Staffing and Personal Safety Practices

If possible, due to localized reductions in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, many requirements for daily temperature and symptom verification may be relaxed as well as social distancing and PPE requirements.  At a minimum, the following guidance will remain in effect:

  • General infection prevention practices such as:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces your hand and rub them together until they feel dry.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or inside your elbow.
  • Employees shall not use other employees’ phones, desks, offices, computers, or other tools and equipment, except in limited circumstances.
  • Employees must self-report issues to their supervisors that may indicate exposure/contagion of COVID-19 as outlined in Phase 1.
  • Employees have a cloth face-covering accessible for use in case social distancing cannot be maintained.

Hygiene

Efforts outlined in Phase 1 and 2 will continue for the foreseeable future.

  • Hand sanitizer stations may be increased depending on demand and social distancing designs.
  • Enhanced cleaning efforts will continue in high traffic areas.
  • Cleaning practices will be updated using the latest guidance available at the time of implementation.

 

Innovation

Employees will continue to be innovative in work habits and routines utilizing technology to support social distancing whenever possible.

  • As new technologies are identified, they will be integrated into work habits and routines.

 

Mitigation and Monitoring

If possible, due to localized reductions in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, many requirements for daily temperature and symptom verification may be relaxed as well as social distancing requirements. Activities will be conducted according to the most current guidance from GDPH and USG.

  • Units/departments should continue to evaluate operations to ensure a healthy workspace and employee habits.
  • All employees should continue to monitor their health and self-report COVID-19 symptoms and exposures.
  • Continue to work in cooperation with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) for reporting of employees who test positive for COVID-19.

 

Resources

It is expected that additional resources will be identified as progress is made through each phase. These resource requests will be communicated with the COVID-19 planning team for consideration.

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