• July 08, 2020 - 7:32 AM • 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.

  • May 12, 2020 - 2:45 PM • An update from the University System of Georgia
    •    Chancellor Steve Wrigley debuted a new PSA video on May 12, 2020 during the University System Board of Regents meeting, and wanted to share it with everyone! Created by the Georgia Film Academy, the video covers the CDC’s standard health guidelines we all should be following. Check it out below!

      The University System of Georgia is working together to help fight COVID-19. We can all help each other stay safe by following a few simple steps. Join the USG mascots as they show you what you can do to help win against COVID-19!

      Having trouble viewing this video? Check it out on YouTube!
  • May 12, 2020 - 2:45 PM • An update from the University System of Georgia
    •    The University System of Georgia (USG) has decided that all 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions. This action comes following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks to ensure business and instructional continuity, and to allow further state assessment of COVID-19.   Students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive permission from their institution, which will be forthcoming soon.
         Additionally, residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home, or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Students will receive specific instructions from campus leaders regarding when they will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from residence halls. Students must follow those instructions. For those students who are unable to depart campus, we will make every effort to accommodate these students.
         USG will be providing guidance to campuses on refunds for housing, dining, and other services. Students should wait for their campus to contact them.
         Institutions will remain open, with minimal staff physically on-site, to ensure continuity of certain services.
         In the end, we want to ensure that our faculty, staff and students are safe; that we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia; and that we fulfill our mission to graduate our students even in the face of these challenging times.

  • March 12, 2020 - 7:45 PM • Update from the University System of Georgia
    •    The University System of Georgia (USG) is consulting constantly with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.
         Georgia Governor Brian Kemp today announced state agencies, school systems and local communities have been given the flexibility to implement closures.
         Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all 26 USG institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.
         Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on campus are asked to depart campus by close of business Friday, March 13, 2020, and to remain away from campus until March 29, 2020. At this time, students are not being asked to move out of their dorms for the remainder of the semester. All institutions are being asked to work with students who are unable to leave campus.
         We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent and well-informed choices for the well-being of our campus communities and the public. We continue to prepare for all scenarios in this rapidly evolving situation. All USG institutions have plans to ensure academic continuity as operations are impacted.
         The USG is providing regular updates to all institutions and the public at its website, https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus.
         In the interim, all students, faculty and staff who may be traveling in any capacity (either domestically or internationally) are being encouraged to register their travel information so we may provide relevant updates.
         East Georgia State College’s Travel Registry can be found at http://bit.ly/2PZS8zm.
         The CDC strongly advises against anyone traveling to a location subject to a Level 3 or higher Travel Health Notice, including most of Europe, South Korea, China and Iran. We also encourage community members to check with the U.S. Department of State website (found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html), and talk with family and travel companions to make a wise decision about travel plans, particularly related to travel in Europe.
         We urge all community members to practice good preventive measures and to visit the USG resource guide (found here: https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus)for the latest information concerning travel advisories and other guidance. You can also find additional information from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
         Prevention of COVID-19 is paramount, and we urge everyone 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 home 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.

          Guidance from DPH identifies those with the highest risk to contract COVID-19 (see link here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html) are travelers to countries with widespread outbreaks, as well as those travelers’ close contacts. Additionally, those most likely to develop serious illness after contracting COVID-19 include persons who are older than 60, as well as persons with chronic health conditions.
          Health officials advise that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, with an average period of 5 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms. Those who experience flu-like symptoms are urged to contact the Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH.
         The health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and DPH to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.

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

  • April 02, 2020 - 6:51 PM • Governor Kemp’s Executive Order • April 2, 2020
  • April 01, 2020 - 1:00 PM • Declaration of a State of Emergency
    •    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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  • April 28, 2020 - 3:55 PM • A message from Emanuel Medical Center
    •    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
  • April 08, 2020 - 11:30 AM • Update from Emanuel Medical Center
    • Dear Community and Business Leaders:
         As of April 6, 2020, we now have a testing site at our Meadows Building, 543 West Church Street, Swainsboro, GA. This testing site requires the patient to first contact their local Primary Care Physician. All of our Clinics in Emanuel County have the option of Telemedicine visit over the phone or computer which will include a screening of symptoms. If the Physician foresees the patient should be tested, an order will be written to test the patient. The patient will then be given an appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will need to report to our testing site.  As a reminder, our physicians are able to handle a wide array of services via telemedicine, which allows one to never leave home.
         According to the CDC and DPH guidelines, the best practice is not to send a family member or employee to the Emergency Room for testing. If you suspect that you or a loved one or employee has been exposed to coronavirus, and you are showing correlating symptoms of COVID-19, please take these measures.
         Unless you are experiencing a health emergency and need immediate health intervention, do not go to an emergency room. 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
  • March 30, 2020 - 1:47 PM •  Community Update
    •    Dear Community and Business Leaders:
         We would like to share a few updates that we have to better serve our community during the pandemic of COVID-19.
         The hospital has testing kits. However, there are guidelines imposed by the CDC and regarding testing. Commercial labs are an option, but supplies are limited and backordered. This link summarizes the testing guidelines. https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-guidance-healthcare-professionals COVID-19: Guidance for Healthcare Professionals DPH.GEORGIA.GOV
         According to the CDC and DPH guidelines, the best practice is not to send a family member or employee to the Emergency Room for testing. If you suspect that you or a loved one or employee has been exposed to coronavirus, and you are showing correlating symptoms of COVID-19, please take these measures.
         Unless you are experiencing a health emergency and need immediate health intervention, do not go to an emergency room. 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.
         Our clinics now have a telemedicine option with a primary care physician. Your healthcare needs may qualify for a video or phone visit with your doctor or other provider without visiting the office in person.  Call your physician's office today and ask if you can set up a telehealth call with your provider without ever leaving home. Please see attached list of our providers with this option.
         We continue to partner with Augusta University to bring the essential care to our community. With their free COVID-19 virtual screening, you or a family member experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing and shortness of breath, can take advantage of this service from your home when not in need of critical care. It’s as easy as downloading the app from your tablet or phone by visiting AU website, https://www.augustahealth.org/expresscare/covid-19-virtual-screening.  All screenings are FREE and available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Screenings are secure and confidential. Please consider this as an option for employees needing a release to return to work, as our Emergency room is trying to care for the critically ill patients. Secondly, AU has a hotline for our district for questions regarding COVID-19, 706-721-1852. Lastly, AU has a pre-scheduled COVID-19 drive through testing at Christenberry Fieldhouse, 3109 Wrightsboro Rd, Augusta, GA 30909 10 am – 2 pm and Patriot’s Park 5445 Columbia Rd, Grovetown, GA 30813 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Upon completion of a virtual screening, a patient may be scheduled to visit one of these two drive through testing locations.
         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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 478-289-1100 and ask for Administration.
         Sincerely,
         Damien Scott, CEO
         Emanuel Medical Center

 

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 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!  Find an Eduroam location near you.

Update on July 21, 2020:

Northland Cable has set up several free WiFi hotspots around town in Swainsboro, Statesboro and Vidalia, GA. 

Update on July 23, 2020:

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

Further COVID-19 Information and Downloads

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

East Georgia State College's current Pandemic/Infectious Disease Response Plan (PDF) is currently being reviewed in light of the Coronavirus alerts.

East Georgia State College's Emergency Response Plan flip chart can be found in each office and the EGSC Police Department website, and contains pages relevant to pandemic/infectious disease response (PDF).

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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