Updated Guidance: Required Use of Face Masks & Amended Underlying Medical Conditions

Updated Guidance: Required Use of Face Masks & Amended Underlying Medical Conditions

Dear GC Colleagues:

Yesterday, we received updated guidance from the USG system office regarding required use of face masks on USG campuses, as well as amended guidance regarding employees who are considered at risk. The revisions below are the result of recent updates to the guidance that the CDC has issued regarding COVID-19:


Use of Face Coverings:

Effective July 15, 2020, all USG institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities and buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.  Use of face coverings will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing. Face coverings are not required in one’s own housing suite or residence hall, 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.


No Minimum Age for At-Risk Employees:

The CDC no longer gives a minimum age for those at risk.  The USG will continue to use 65 as its measure for evaluating requests for alternate work arrangements.  Individuals who are younger than 65 can provide documentation from a health care provider that their age is a determining factor for risk that should prevent them from working on campus as scheduled.

People of any age with the following underlying medical conditions may request alternate work arrangements under the previously developed process:

·     Chronic kidney disease

·     COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

·     Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

·     Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)

·     Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

·     Sickle cell disease

·     Type 2 diabetes mellitus

·     Asthma (moderate-to-severe)

·     Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

·     Cystic fibrosis

·     Hypertension or high blood pressure

·     Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines

·     Neurologic conditions, such as dementia

·     Liver disease

·     Pregnancy

·     Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)

·     Smoking

·     Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

·     Type 1 diabetes mellitus


As always, I will continue to update our campus as new information emerges.

Kind Regards,
Steve Dorman
President, Georgia College

Updated: 7/7/2020
Brittiny Johnson
President, Office of the