Six members of the staff at the Augusta University (AU) Dental College of Georgia (DCG) have tested positive for COVID-19 even though they are asymptomatic. These cases were discovered after one employee tested positive earlier this week, prompting the identification of subsequent cases.
These employees are now isolated in their homes for a 10-day period per the university’s health protocols until they can safely return to work. The university also said that it will continue to monitor the situation.
Plus, the AU Environmental Service Team has completed disinfection of high touch-point areas at DCG including its lobby, reception area, restrooms, vending machines, stair rails, elevators, and the affected cleaning. These spaces were treated with Oxivir chemicals via a misting machine and wipes. Additional preventive measures are being implemented as well.
“We have been preparing for months for the safe return of our patients, employees, and students. We will continue to take the appropriate steps to eliminate risk and limit further exposure, including thoroughly cleaning all areas, enforcing mandatory screening protocols, and requiring everyone to wear a face mask,” said DCG dean Dr. Carol Lefebvre in an email sent to faculty and staff.
Those who are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are being asked to stay home and call the health system’s COVID-19 hotline before seeing a doctor. Also, everyone at DCG must wear a mask at all times, except when they are alone in a private office.
“Please help to keep each other safe. If you see an individual not wearing a mask, please ask them to put one on. Violators should be reported to their direct supervisor, the assistant dean of patient services, or the dean,” said Lefebvre. “Likewise, all who enter the DCG must be screened. Please respect the DCG hours of operation and do not attempt to bypass screening.”