Updated October 21, 2020
Dear Rollins Community,
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the steps you have taken toward preventing COVID-19 exposure and spread on our campus over the last several months. This pandemic is not over. Case numbers have risen in Fulton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb counties. Your continued vigilance will be key as we work to protect members of our community.
As a reminder, please continue to practice the following COVID-19 prevention tactics:
- Wear a face covering while on Emory campus and in our buildings
- Maintain physical distancing of at least six feet between yourself and others (i.e., do not move classroom furniture)
- Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well
- Disinfect surfaces before and after leaving classrooms and office spaces
- Utilize Emory University’s COVID-19 testing services. Regular testing is critical in accurately monitoring the spread of this disease. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or would like to know your status, please schedule an appointment to get tested using the information below.
Emory COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic Individuals
Student appointment link: https://www.emory.edu/forward/studentcovidtestschedule
Faculty/staff appointment link: https://www.emory.edu/forward/employeecovidtestschedule
Emory COVID-19 Testing for Symptomatic Individuals
Students, please contact the Student Health COVID-19 screening line at 404-727-7551 and press 0. Faculty and staff can call the Emory COVID-19 hotline at 404-712-6843.
Additionally, please continue to practice vigilance in your social encounters off campus by following recommended prevention tactics, including: maintaining physical distancing, practicing regular handwashing, and wearing facial coverings. The CDC offers several suggestions related to social activities here. We all play a vital role in preventing the spread of this disease. Thank you all for your help.
Protect Yourself from the Flu
Along those same lines, we are now in the midst of flu season. If you have not already done so, I encourage all of you to get a flu shot and to take preventive measures to keep yourselves healthy. Below are resources separated according to group for your review.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff can receive their free flu vaccines at an in-network retail pharmacy, such as CVS, Walgreens, Publix, or Kroger. You will need to present your CVS/Caremark prescription drug card when you arrive. You may also choose to get a flu shot at your doctor’s office (double-check to make sure your provider is a Tier 1 or Tier 2 in-network doctor in order to receive a vaccine free of charge). More details are available here: https://www.hr.emory.edu/eu/wellness/general-health/flu-vaccinations/index.html
Student Health, in partnership with the Rollins Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT), will be offering FREE flu immunizations to all students at Rollins on Thursday, October 29 at the Second Annual Rollins Flu Vaccine Clinic. These immunizations are free for all students and do not require proof of insurance. This clinic will take place on the Rollins School of Public Health Courtyard from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. To ensure student and staff safety and appropriate physical distancing, all students will be required to sign up for an appointment in advance using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA5A929A3FBC43-wednesday1
If you’re unable to attend the October 29 clinic or are based outside of Atlanta, below are a few additional options for students:
Make an appointment with student health by visiting the Emory University Student Health Services Website: http://studenthealth.emory.edu/services/appointment.html
Go to CVS, Walgreens, or your local pharmacy to receive your flu vaccine. Emory student health insurance will cover flu vaccinations received at an in-network pharmacy. You can go to https://www.aetnastudenthealth.com/ to check if your local pharmacy is in-network.
Thanks to all of you for your continued commitment toward the health and safety of our school. Please take care and stay well.
James W. Curran, MD, MPH
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Note to Applicants Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak
GRE Testing Update:
The need for a diverse, well-trained work force in public health has never been greater than now. In an effort to support our applicants during this pandemic, the Rollins School of Public Health is making the submission of GRE scores optional for all candidates applying to our MPH and MSPH programs. This option, which will be granted only to applicants applying for fall 2020 and 2021 admission, will help to alleviate some of the challenges students are facing as they apply to our program during the pandemic. Please be sure to visit individual department pages to learn about department requirements and suggested courses. Our holistic review of candidates will continue to lead our evaluation process.
For students who wish to complete the GRE and send along their scores, ETS is providing remote testing options. ETS has introduced a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. GRE testing will begin on March 27.
The TOEFL iBT® will continue to be a requirement for International Students. Remote TOEFL® testing is scheduled to begin on March 26.
Testing for both the GRE and TOEFL will be conducted through the use of live remote proctoring serviced by ProctorU®. This high-touch, real-time human monitoring of test sessions limits the number of seats available. Students can register beginning today in the following countries:
- United States
- Hong Kong (China)
- Macau (China)
We welcome your application to the Rollins School of Public Health and hope you will consider joining our community of scholars and public health professionals. The Rollins School of Public Health is contributing greatly to the efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to read about our on-going research and efforts in this area.
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