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Coronavirus

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus first identified in China (Wuhan, Hubei Province). Piedmont College officials, in partnership with state agencies, continue to monitor closely the COVID-19 public health situation, and we are committed to keeping our community informed about the college's actions and the best way to stay healthy as events develop.

Piedmont established the COVID-19 Task Force on March 6 to gauge the impact of the spread of the virus and develop policy and protocol to protect the safety and well-being of Piedmont students, faculty, and staff.

In the wake of growing concern about COVID-19, Piedmont has transitioned to online classes for the spring and summer terms. The college is working with select students who have special circumstances and must remain on campus.

All athletic events for the spring have been cancelled, and all campus events and tours have been cancelled or postponed through May 31.

May Commencement Exercises have been postponed to July 24. 

Piedmont has also closed all non-essential offices on our Demorest and Athens campuses. Only offices that are needed to support our on-campus students and remote-working faculty and staff remain open. All but a few of our campus buildings will be locked, and no visitors will be allowed on-campus. Chartwells, Facilities Management, Information Technology, Campus Security, and Residence Life will remain in service on the Demorest campus. The Administrative Services Office in Athens will also remain open.

The college’s COVID-19 Task Force meets twice a week, continues to monitor virus-related news, and sends regular email updates to students, faculty and staff.

This situation is unprecedented and changes daily. Piedmont’s faculty and staff miss our students and are anxious for them to return to our campuses and classrooms.

All questions and concerns related to these preventive measures should be directed to covid19@piedmont.edu.


Task Force Members


Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the seasonal flu, which remains a higher risk for our population. This is also the time of year when we typically see a rise in cases of seasonal flu. We encourage everyone on campus to follow the same preventative strategies used during a typical cold and flu season: getting a flu shot, washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when experiencing symptoms of illness.

Resources

We recognize that many of you are receiving or have questions of your own related to the coronavirus. Please reference the FAQs published by the University System of Georgia, as well as the additional resources and information specific to Piedmont College, provided below.

How can we help prevent the spread of the virus?

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets and inhaled into the lungs. There are everyday actions you can take to stay healthy, including:
  • Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash immediately after being used.
  • Wash hands more often with soap and warm water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from spreading infection.