Students upset classmates who test positive for COVID-19 not required to be retested before returning

Students upset classmates who test positive for COVID-19 not required to be retested before returning

ATHENS, Ga — Some students at the University of Georgia are concerned about the way school officials are handling the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

Clarke County, where the school is located, is at the top of the list for North Georgia counties when it comes to coronavirus cases.

The University of Georgia had more than 1,4000 new coronavirus cases on campus last week.

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The concern from students is that the officials are not requiring infected students to retest before they put the students in dorm rooms with other students.

The school is following the CDC guidelines, according to UGA official Gregory Trevor.

“Students who test positive or were exposed to someone positive have to quarantine for two weeks,” Trevor said. “After two weeks, they can come back to campus if they don’t have any symptoms.”


The situation at UGA has several students asking about asymptomatic students who are probably helping the virus spread quickly.

“Their protocol overall is harmful and it’s deadly. It led us to be living with someone who every second is exposing me to Covid potentially and I don’t want to live my life with that potential,” one unidentified student said.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes talked to a group of students who say officials put a girl in their room who had tested positive two weeks prior and did not warn them

“She did her quarantine for two weeks and they just let her back on campus with no confirmed negative test. Our solution was, we don’t want her to be living with us until she has a clear confirmed negative test and I didn’t think that was too much to ask,” another unidentified student said.

CDC guidelines do require quarantine for infected or possibly infected students but there is no requirement for retesting, according to a UGA official.

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