The Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering has created this resource page to centralize some key information related to a dynamically changing COVID-19 response. The main purpose of this page is to share information that more closely affects biomedical engineering students, faculty, and staff. Please monitor this page for future BME department updates. BME faculty and staff internal shared files can be found here with login.
Remember: Test. Mask. Distance.
We all must look out for each other, following established public health and campus policies to limit the spread of the virus and keep us all safe. Whether you’re on campus or off, it remains critically important that you continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.
At Emory University:
- As of April 5, Emory has moved its operating status to "Yellow."
- Students who live off campus must take a screening test once per week if they are coming to campus.
- Faculty and staff who go to campus and have onboarded are encouraged to test weekly. (As previously noted, clinical providers are exempt from the onboarding clearance steps.)
- Capacity of on-campus gatherings has been increased to 35 or fewer people for indoor events and must not exceed 90 minutes.
- Events limited to 50 people may be held outside and in venues allowing for proper physical distancing.
- The presence of a faculty or staff member at the gatherings is at the discretion of the event sponsor. Gatherings are still subject to Emory's other safety protocols, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and registering events and activities.
- The gathering policy applies to both on- and off-campus events.
At Georgia Tech:
- If you live or work on campus, we strongly encourage you to get tested weekly, even if you aren’t experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Please participate in the free asymptomatic surveillance testing program.
- Use the tent in the BioQuad as a safe gathering space. You can also reserve it for small, distanced gatherings for your group. (And drop by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning to grab a snack!)
- Do not move furniture in any buildings or use furniture that has been blocked off. The furniture has been arranged to promote proper social distancing.
- Review Georgia Tech's Spring 2021 Event Guidelines.
Additional Vaccine Updates
We now have powerful new tools in the fight against the coronavirus as vaccines become more widely available. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 continue to practice mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and diligent handwashing. Routine testing also is recommended — even for individuals undergoing vaccination.
- A third vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, received emergency use authorization, increasing the supply of available vaccines. Read more.
- Fully vaccinated people can start to get back to doing some of the things the pandemic stopped. Read more.
- The governor of Georgia has expanded vaccine eligibility to include all Georgians 16 years of age old and older. Read more.
Emory and Georgia Tech strongly encourage those eligible for the vaccine to get it as soon as possible. All three of the available vaccines approach 100% effectiveness in preventing hospitalization and death from Covid-19 infection without significant safety concerns.
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