Days after helping hundreds of University of Georgia students move out of their dorms for the semester, a housing employee was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The employee, whose name was not provided, helped students between March 20 and 27 at four on-campus dorms, Executive Director of University Housing Linda Kasper said in a Tuesday email to students and faculty. The employee is also a student.
The employee worked at the following resident halls:
• Creswall Hall on March 21;
• Rooker Hall on March 21 and 25;
• Russell Hall on March 20 and from March 22 to 27;
The email said the Georgia Department of Public Health should contact people who had close contact with the employee. The university also notified all students who checked out during those times along with the employee’s coworkers.
Kasper asked those who know the employee’s identity not to share it publicly.
“On behalf of the University, I am providing you with this information because we want to take this opportunity to remind you to take precautions to keep yourself and our community healthy,” the email continued.
The news comes a day after the Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services closed all public parks, trails and public meeting places in an attempt to further quell the spread of the virus. The county was also under a mandatory shelter in place policy, which Gov. Brian Kemp will expand Thursday to include the entire state.
In mid-March, the University System of Georgia, which includes UGA and 25 other colleges, announced it would move all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. Days later, the first UGA student was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.