Important Coronavirus Update

March 27, 2020

A graduate student enrolled on Mercer University’s Macon campus tested positive today for COVID-19 in Atlanta, which is the student’s permanent residence. The student, who is in satisfactory condition at their home in Atlanta, was last on the Macon campus March 13 and lived off campus. The student’s two roommates and one other student who was in close contact with the affected student on March 19 at their off-campus apartment have been notified of the student’s diagnosis, are quarantined off campus until April 2, and have no symptoms. All three are also Mercer graduate students. The University is working with local public health officials to identify any other contacts who may have been exposed while the affected student was infectious. For privacy reasons, no further details can be shared at this time.

Currently enrolled Mercer students – whether still on campus or at home – may access the Student Health Center hotline at (478) 301-7425. That number is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any student who calls will receive a response from a member of the Mercer Medicine team.

The Mercer community is encouraged to follow these steps to help prevent the spread of any infectious disease including COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipes. Mercer custodial staff are regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in public areas.
  • Practice social distancing (avoid shaking hands, maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals who are symptomatic).
  • If you are a faculty or staff member and are sick, please stay at home.
  • Practice other good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.