Call the Emory Healthcare hotline: 404-71-COVID (404-712-6843), where you can be connected with a nurse for guidance. If you are asymptomatic, you may be able to continue to work and should self-monitor for symptoms.
Everyone can do their part to keep themselves and their friends and families safe by practicing social distancing both inside and outside. Social distancing is defined as remaining out of group settings, avoiding gatherings, and maintaining a 6 feet distance from others when possible per the CDC guidelines.
Emory takes the health of our faculty, students, and staff very seriously and we are doing everything within our power to keep our community safe. Please continue to go to the university’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and resources.
Go home immediately, contact your health provider, and do not return to work. If you are ill and unable to work, contact your supervisor, program director, department chairperson, or dean's office. So that we may understand critical workforce needs, it is very important for you to indicate your use of sick leave in the Exempt Leave Tracking or Time and Attendance System. After illness, the Office of Injury Management (OIM) can help assess an employee’s readiness to return to work.
On November 16, the university began transitioning to a saliva-based collection platform (replacing the rapid antigen nasal swab). This new testing platform is highly sensitive, provides increased testing capacity for the Emory community, and employs a significantly more comfortable collection methodology. The transition from rapid antigen nasal swab to the saliva-based collection, will take place as follows:
- November 16-20: Transition to saliva-based collection
- November 20: Last day of the rapid antigen nasal swab
- November 23-25: Full transition to saliva-based collection
- November 26-27: Thanksgiving Holiday (no screening tests)
- November 30- December 29: Screening tests will only be performed on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week
- January 4: Return to campus screening program begins for the spring term
From November 30-December 29 COVID-19 asymptomatic screenings will only be performed on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week. These dates coincide with the end of the fall semester and winter recess for the university.
Students living on campus in residence halls during winter break will be required to test each week; faculty and staff testing remains optional and is only available to those who have completed the onboarding process. The saliva-based collection method does not require you to wait on-site as results will be provided by email within 24-hours. What should I do as a student if I become ill?
Please access the Student Health Patient Portal, message the “COVID Assessment Provider,” and notify Student Health Services. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing or any other type of medical emergency, call 911. For students who are symptomatic, please inform your professors if your illness will impact your studies.
All students in residence halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test on a consistent basis. Students taking in-person classes, visiting university buildings, or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to perform an onboarding process this spring and take a COVID-19 test upon returning in January. This includes graduate and undergraduate students living off campus.
All faculty and staff visiting university buildings or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to complete the onboarding process and take a COVID-19 test upon returning to campus. Faculty and staff who have completed the onboarding process and are asymptomatic will have access to optional COVID-19 testing as capacity permits.
The onboarding clearance process can be accessed through the Emory Forward website beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021. (Those needing to access campus the week of January 4 will be given a grace period to complete the onboarding process). To be cleared for access to campus, faculty/staff will complete the following six steps:
- EMORY COMMUNITY COMPACT: Faculty/staff will review and indicate their commitments to the new expectations and guidelines for the campus environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19 RETURN TO CAMPUS TRAINING: Faculty/staff will complete a required training module for physical distancing, face covering requirements, other personal protective equipment, hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms, and other important health and safety guidelines for returning to campus. If your return to campus includes research activities in laboratories or in research settings that include human participants or animals, you may have additional guidelines and procedures that require knowledge about protocols in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- HEALTH ASSESMENT: Faculty/staff will complete a confidential health screening questionnaire that includes questions about exposure to COVID-19, contact with persons who have tested positive, travel, and symptoms you might have experienced.
- EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION CONTACT: Faculty/staff will enroll in Emory’s Emergency Notification System and ensure their mobile phone numbers are current. Mobile numbers will be used for COVID-19 contact tracing in the event that a faculty/staff is exposed to COVID-19.
- CONTACT TRACING: Faculty/staff will provide a baseline list of close contacts with whom they regularly encounter at Emory for the purpose of effective contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 exposure. The CDC defines a “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset.
- FLU SHOT: Emory University now requires that all faculty/staff returning to campus for the spring semester must receive a flu shot preferably at least two weeks before returning to campus. Faculty/staff can visit any in-network retail pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, Publix, or Kroger. You will need to present your Emory CVS/Caremark prescription drug card. Another option is to receive the flu shot from your doctor’s office or www.vaccinefinder.org. Individuals who need a medical, religious, or other exemption from the flu shot requirement will have the opportunity to request an exemption. If your return to campus includes research activities in laboratories or in research settings that include human participants or animals, you may have additional guidelines and procedures that require knowledge about protocols in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit:
- The Emory Institutional Review Board
- The Emory Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
- The Emory Environmental Health and Safety Office
- The Emory Office of Research Administration
Once you have completed all required steps, you will receive a confirmation email stating you are cleared for on-campus activities. Thank you in advance for your adherence to the onboarding clearance process and for keeping our community safe.
At this time the nursing school is planning to hold virtual events for Fall 2020 and resume in-person gatherings as soon as it is safe to do so.
Many service providers (i.e. AT&T, Xfinity) are offering discounted access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some mobile providers (i.e. Verizon, Sprint) are also offering hotspot access at discounted rates during this time.
The Nursing School faculty and staff need to use VPN when working on these resources:
- Emory Library resources
- SON “Q”, “S” and “T” drives
- Research drive space from other units at Emory
Most web-based Emory resources do not need:
- VPN. You do not need VPN when using Zoom, Office 365 email; Box, OneDrive or many other tools.
- Emory VPN tools (Big-IP Client) are available to use on personal computers. View instructions for accessing the S, T or Q drives.
Duo two-factor authentication system is used for these Emory resources when working remotely:
- Office 365- email.emory.edu
- VPN – Big IP Client
- Emory Healthcare VDT
In recognition of the financial stress on students, Emory will be holding undergraduate tuition at 2019-2020 rates 2020-2021. Previously approved tuition rates for graduate and professional programs will remain in place for 2020-21. In addition, families can request to have their financial aid reassessed if they have experienced changes in economic status since filing their FAFSA. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.
Emory has setup the Emory Together Fund. The Emory Together Fund application can be found here. NOTE: The fund accepted applications through June 30, 2020.
Yes, tuition insurance is available through a third-party vendor for students in the event that they may need to withdraw due to illness. All students are eligible to sign up for tuition insurance. Click here for more information.
Tests will be optional for the Fall 2021 application cycle.
No. All prerequisites will remain in place.
We recommend contacting International Student and Scholar Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your academic advisor in the school to discuss your situation. These are unique times with many unique circumstances and we want to provide specialized attention.
All GER requirements must still be met.
The following details key dates for programs. Updates for all programs will be available as soon as possible.
BSN - January 25, 2020
ABSN - January 25, 2020
D-ABSN - January 11, 2020 December 3-4, 2020 (orientation date)
In Emory - January 19, 2020
MN - January 19, 2021
AMSN - January 19, 2021
MSN - January 19, 2021
DNP - January 19, 2021
CRNA - January 19, 2021
PhD - January 19, 2021
While our plans align with the university, some details will look a little different. Clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for 2020-2021. Students should plan to be in Atlanta for face-to-face instruction. We also anticipate placing students in face-to-face clinical rotations. As previously communicated, classes with didactic instruction will be delivered remotely.
Spring 2021 calendar. For most Emory colleges and schools, the spring semester will begin on January 25, with medical school classes resuming on January 4. Classes will conclude by May 3, with most final exams held between May 4 and May 14. Students will receive information from their respective dean with specific dates, further details and any college or school-specific differences from the university’s calendar. To accommodate this compressed schedule and limit COVID-19 exposure, we will not have spring break this year. With this change, please know we have heard requests for additional mental health offerings and have added and will add additional resources and services for all members of our community.
Clinical & Simulation
As COVID-19 cases continues to surge, we are called to care for those who need us most. After careful consideration, the Health Sciences Schools are lifting restrictions that prevented students from caring for COVID-19 patients or Patients Under Investigation (PUIs). Those who do not wish to care for COVID-19 patients DO NOT have to. There will not be any consequences for students who would rather not care for COVID-19 patients. Guidelines predicated upon:
- Appropriate PPE and adequate viral testing/care available to students
- Critical that students know how to care for COVID-19
- Care imparts low risk to caregivers and is mitigated by adequate training and PPE
SON students are permitted to care for COVID-19 patients and patients under investigation (PUIs*) if:
- Student is willing
- Student is fully vaccinated
- Student is wearing fit tested N95 mask and appropriate PPE
*PUI is any patient awaiting results or exhibiting symptoms
The Office of Clinical Placement continues to work tirelessly to secure opportunities for all programs and specialties. The school’s relationship with Emory Healthcare allows us to maintain a high number of placements, but we also work with other partner organizations. It’s ultimately up to health care systems not the school in deciding to proceed with, limit, or cancel clinical experiences. While many partners are moving toward pre-COVID19 operations, we must remember everything is not “back to normal.” Please direct related questions The Office of Clinical Placements: email@example.com.
Faculty & Staff
NHWSN’s Instructional Design team has worked to create a very helpful Remote Teaching and Learning SharePoint website. The site contains a number of helpful articles, best practices, and other resources to assist you in moving forward with remote content delivery.
NHWSN is also working to transition some staff responsibilities to support our Course Coordinators in remote delivery (monitoring Zoom comments, assisting with Zoom hosting, ProctorU assistance, etc.) Additional information on this will be released soon.
In addition, there are a number of additional resources within the NHWSN and Emory University:
- LITS faculty IT Service Catalog
- LITS Design & Best Practices “Keep Teaching with Canvas” Guide
- For specific support, you can navigate to Emory's Help Desk or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adarsh Char, our Instructional Designer, will be available to meet byZoom, Monday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m., in upcoming weeks to assist you and your instructional team, including TAs, with questions about designing and implementing your remote learning plans
- Sign up for a time to meet
- Once you have a time, plan to meet in Zoom
- Employees who are symptomatic should call the COVID-19 hotline for evaluation and instructions about testing.
- By returning to the on-campus Emory community, faculty and staff are agreeing to cooperate with case investigators and tracers.