Campus Message - March 19, 2020

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19 March 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Those of us on the Campus Wellness committee, Well-being Igniters, and campus partners are commited to supporting the campus as we navigate these times. A resouce page for students has been started It is a work in progress. We are working on one for employees as well.

Human Resources shared earlier today resources available to you through the USG Benefits and Employee Assistance Program. KEPRO has just added a special seminar to their offerings.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure Amidst the Pandemic Panic

The coronavirus has led to widespread fear on a global scale. The pervasive impact of the outbreak on a humanitarian and economical scale means that levels of extreme uncertainty and anxiety is rife, and unprecedented business and health challenges are being presented across the world.

Given that stress has an adverse impact on your immune system, it is more important than ever to retain a healthy sense of perspective, focus upon practical ways to adapt to the situation and respond in a composed way to the outbreak. The session will cover

  • Strategies to tackle feelings of anxiety and stress
  • Practical techniques for working from home
  • Ways to address signs of panic in the workplace
  • When to reach out for further help and support

To Be Presented

Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Register Here:

KEPRO does record and it will be archived on their website. You can go to KEPRO’s website, sign in using usgcares, click on the online Seminars where the green apples are on the page.

The Well-being portal (Virgin Pulse) offers many resources including free online coaching related to stress, anxiety, depression and a variety of other needs.

For those participating in the virutal challenge, VSU is in second place! This challenge ends Monday, March 23 at 11:59 PM. Let’s see if we can take home the trophy and have lunch with the Chancellor. Staying active helps with stress and building up your immune system!


Please reach out and know that we are here during this challenging time.



Rebecca B. Murphy

Associate Director- Health Promotions and Wellness

VSU Well-being Liaison

Office Location: Student Health Center, 2nd Floor Admin Suite, 2205G

Phone: 229-219-3191


Serving VSU Faculty, Staff and Students


Key term: Close Contact - this is defined as being within six (6) feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes regardless of whether a face covering is worn.  

EMPLOYEES DO NOT come on campus if you believe you have been in close contact with a person having COVID or yourself having symptoms or receiving a positive diagnosis. Instead, notify your supervisor of your absence, seek medical services from your primary care provider, and self-report your information by completing the online form or contacting HR directly at 229-333-5709. 

STUDENTS DO NOT come on campus nor go directly to the Student Health Center if you believe you have been exposed to COVID. Instead, call the Health Services at 229-333-5886 to speak with a triage nurse over the phone. Additional guidance will be provided on how to access the health center facility. The health center remains open for walk-in patients with non-COVID medical needs. 

Members of the campus community should report all instances of close contact with a person having COVID or themselves receiving a positive diagnosis of COVID.  To assist with reporting, a COVID Self Reporting link has been added within MyVSU.  




If you have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine, you should do so at your permanent home for the period given unless it should be extended due to remaining symptoms. 

Report a Social Distance Concern