UGA to Hold Return to Campus Webinar
Update: The webinar recording is now available at https://coronavirus.uga.edu/
On Friday, UGA administration announced via ArchNews that a webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 2-3 pm in order "to discuss campus COVID-19 planning efforts." Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
A link to the webinar will be sent via ArchNews on Monday, August 3. Questions may be submitted here until August 3 at 6 pm.
The webinar comes just over two weeks before the start of classes, August 20. According to the announcement, “[UGA administration] understand that some of you are apprehensive about returning to campus next month. By answering questions, we hope to address many of those concerns and better inform you of the careful planning that has gone into preparing the campus for the collective return of our faculty, staff, and students.”
Panelists include President Jere Morehead, Provost Jack Hu, Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson, University Health Center Executive Director Garth Russo, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Dean Shelley Nuss, and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lisa Nolan. Libby Morris, Director of the Institute of Higher Education and Zell B. Miller Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, will moderate the discussion.
The announcement goes on to list a number of steps UGA has taken in preparation for the return to campus, including funneling $2.44 million into a major surveillance testing effort, $250,000 into notification and contact tracing, $1.8 million into enhanced sanitization procedures, $1.05 million into personal protection like cloth face coverings and thermometers, and $230,000 into “engineered solutions” (which includes installations of Plexiglas and modified HVAC schedules to increase airflow in campus buildings).
The announcement concludes with an assurance that even more work is being done behind the scenes to prepare for the start of classes, and that UGA is committed to making sure that "all members of the UGA community are aware of the many safety precautions being taken by the University, are knowledgeable of the resources available to them, and understand their individual responsibility to abide by the guidelines issued by the GDPH, CDC, USG, and UGA to contain the spread of the coronavirus."