Open Letter to UGA Pres.: More COVID-19 protections needed in plan to return to full operations


Dear President Morehead, As members of the UGA and Athens community, we appreciate the thought and effort that went into developing UGA’s plan for a return to full operations in the fall. However, after reviewing the university’s plan, we believe that UGA can and must do more to protect the health and lives of faculty, staff, and students. It is not only those who work and study at UGA who will be impacted by the university’s policies, but also healthcare workers, local businesses, and the larger Athens community. We strongly feel that (1) faculty, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers should be required to wear a face mask while indoors, and (2) no instructor should be required to teach in person and that no instructor should be required to disclose personal health concerns; no staff person should be required to work on campus if they can fulfill their job responsibilities off campus. These policies are in the interest of public health and racial justice, will have little to no financial impact on the university, will help ensure the continuity of on-campus instruction in the fall, will reduce the impact on Athens’ healthcare system, and are in the interest of local businesses and the larger Athens community. We detail our specific reasons below. Face Masks Are Inexpensive and They Work There is compelling evidence that face masks significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. A recent study shows that COVID-19 is predominantly spread via airborne transmission and that mandated face masks significantly reduce the number of cases (https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/10/2009637117?fbclid=IwAR22r4IU8NDyzQK2bdwbGHx6mXi9GjOjwprb5iNIV-KwMUx6HJU4WevoKr0). The same study finds that social distancing without face masks has a limited impact and concludes that face masks are the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus. Another study finds that U.S. states that mandated face masks averted as many as 230,000-450,000 cases (https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00818). These studies demonstrate that requiring face masks is an inexpensive and highly effective way to limit transmission of COVID-19. UGA’s peer and aspirational institutions will require that faculty, staff, students, and visitors wear face masks while indoors in the fall, including: University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, George Mason University, Virginia Tech, the University of Florida, and the University of Texas at Arlington, among several others (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_j8bPnuS97DC3YcituOWQP_aEx7H_ASj3lzmG_c_92M/edit#gid=0). Additionally, the Athens Clarke County school district is planning to require that students and staff wear a face covering, and receive a temperature check before entering the school building. Mandating face masks while indoors would carry little, if any, financial cost given that UGA has already purchased two face masks for all faculty, staff, and students. As you know, Athens has two hospitals that serve a 17 county region - and seven of these counties do not have their own hospitals (https://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/athens-health-care-system-navigates-covid-19-fight/article_7c2b43cc-86a3-11ea-abad-3fd6d74be2e8.html). If UGA’s relaxed policies on mask use result in a surge in COVID-19 cases in Athens, our local healthcare system will be overwhelmed, and a tremendous strain will be added to our already stressed healthcare workers. In short, a face mask requirement is an inexpensive and highly effective way to keep the number of cases in Athens down and protect the health and lives of UGA’s faculty, staff, students, and Athens residents. Reducing the Number of Employees on Campus Will Limit Transmission of COVID-19 No instructor or staff person should be required to work on campus if they are able to fulfill their job responsibilities off campus. We recognize that some UGA employees are unable to fulfill their job duties off campus; by allowing employees who can carry out their job responsibilities off campus, UGA reduces the risk to those who must come to campus to work. Additionally, since it has proven impossible for employees to receive ADA accommodations if they are living with high-risk individuals, this would reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to vulnerable family or household members. Just as employees should not be forced to choose between their health and their jobs, neither should they have to choose between work and their families’ safety. Allowing instructors and staff to work off campus carries little to no financial cost. UGA’s “Plans for a Phased Return to Fall Operations” (https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/documents/phased-return-to-full-operations.pdf) notes that financially, the major differences between the three contingency plans (fall classes begin with face-to-face instruction with social distancing, fall classes begin fully online, and periods of online teaching during the semester) entail technology upgrades to classrooms, housing and meal plans, campus bus transportation, and student services (see pp. 123-124). Moreover, the revenue losses following the transition to remote instruction in Spring 2020 largely resulted from pro-rated refunds to students for housing, dining, and other fees - not from instructors and staff working remotely (see pp. 120-121). UGA’s Commitment to Racial Justice The mortality rate for COVID-19 among Black Americans across the US is 2.3 times higher than the mortality rate for White and Asian Americans, and 2.2 times higher than Latino Americans (https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race). Black Americans are 12.4% of the U.S. population yet they make up 24.3% of COVID-19 deaths - twice their share of the population. In Georgia, the mortality rate for Blacks per 100,000 people is 38.9 and is 22 for Whites (https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race). On June 1, 2020, you sent a letter to the UGA community condemning racism, stating that your administration will work to ensure that the entire UGA community feels safe and supported, and that UGA must do more in working towards racial justice. UGA’s failure and unwillingness to take even these minimal steps would belie its purported desire to provide a safe environment for Black employees, who comprise a majority of the essential custodial staff that will most frequently come into contact with contaminated surfaces as they perform the work to keep everyone at UGA safe. UGA’s Commitment to the Health and Safety of Faculty and Staff Low paid staff and graduate students stand to suffer significant harm to their health and household finances if UGA does not require face masks while indoors and will not allow instructors and staff to work off campus. Nearly 3,000 graduate student workers at UGA make less than $25,000/year. Additionally, an estimated 2,500 full-time employees (about 22% of UGA employees) earn salaries under $35,000, which the Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator considers a living wage for a single adult with no children in Clarke County (https://www.epi.org/resources/budget/). With no extra money to spare, these workers are more likely to have health insurance plans with poorer coverage and higher deductibles. They simply cannot afford to get sick. By requiring staff and graduate students to work on campus with poor public health regulations, UGA is putting the health and limited resources of their most financially insecure employees and students at significant and unnecessary risk. UGA’s Ties to the Local Economy The health of Athens’ local economy is closely tied to the health of the university. Just as UGA relies on local businesses in Athens to support its needs, local businesses rely on UGA, its students, and employees to keep their businesses running. Already hurting after shuttering their businesses for many months, the financial wellbeing of local restaurants, bars, music venues, and retail shops - and the livelihood of their thousands of employees - is dependent on students and professors returning and the university resuming functions in the fall. If the university is flippant about health and safety precautions and their policies result in another shutdown, it will be beyond devastating for local business owners, everyone who works at their businesses, and the entire economy of Athens. A Strong Commitment to Public Safety Will Encourage Students to Return to Campus UGA students are excited to return to campus in the fall, but many have voiced concerns that UGA is not doing enough to promote public safety and health by not mandating face masks (https://www.redandblack.com/uganews/incoming-uga-freshmen-weigh-in-on-what-they-hope-to-see-in-the-fall-amid/article_2e4320c8-b031-11ea-a3fe-4fb97bcd480d.html). For the month of June, people aged 18-29 made up 29% of new coronavirus cases (https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/georgia-coronavirus-cases-spike-among-young-adults-virus-surges/jbuSk1TkKh8LfHLL5Rvb9N/). Requiring face masks when indoors would go a long way towards alleviating students’ concerns and encourage them to return and remain on campus (https://www.redandblack.com/uganews/mask-mandate-uga-students-faculty-push-for-face-mask-requirement-in-the-fall/article_7e4357ce-b693-11ea-9a7b-7fc3f7228bfe.html). In closing, we are looking forward to returning to campus in the fall. Requiring face masks while indoors and allowing faculty, staff, and graduate students to work off campus when possible will help ensure the continuity of face-to-face instruction and protect the health and lives of faculty, staff, students, and the larger Athens community. Signed, United Campus Workers of Georgia, UGA Chapter Robyn Waserman, Staff, UGA, Class of 2000 Matthew Fortunato, Staff, UGA Michael Rabalais, Master's Candidate, UGA Stephanie Jones, Faculty, UGA Evelyn Jones, Class of 2019 Cassia Roth, Faculty, UGA Lindsey Reynolds, Faculty, UGA Adrienne Button, Class of '99 & '22 Shelly Biesel, PhD candidate 2021, UGA Clint McCrory, Professor Emeritus, UGA Katie Googe, Class of 2017 Bryant Barnes, PhD Student, UGA Hillary Brown, Staff, UGA Pete L Clark, Faculty, UGA Charles Allin Cromer, Class of 2018 Megan Turnbull, Faculty, UGA Cydney Seigerman, PhD Candidate, UGA Bettina Love, Faculty, UGA JP Schmidt, Faculty, UGA Keaton Callaway, Linguistics Department, PhD student Joseph Fu, Faculty, UGA Jacob Weger, PhD candidate, UGA Leslie Rech Penn, Faculty, UGA Martha Allexsaht-Snider, Faculty, UGA Georgia McPeak, Class of 2007 Marianne Happek, Staff, UGA Sebastian Burkholdt, Graduate Student, UGA Anne Hurne, Staff, Grady College, UGA Alisa Luxenberg, Faculty, UGA Kaitlin Wegrzyn, PhD Candidate, UGA Mikaela Warner, Graduate Student, UGA James Russell, Faculty, GGC Kristen Morrow, Integrative Conservation PhD student, UGA Frithjof Timo Wöhrmann, Graduate Student, UGA Sonia Janis, Faculty, UGA Ashley Johnson, Staff, UGA Thijs Kolet, R.N., Athens Shannon Ball, Class of 1995, Co-owner 5 Points Yoga Gabrielle Lichtenstein, Graduate Student, UGA Penny Callaway, UGA Parent Molly Berkemeier, Faculty, UGA Senna Hubbs, Class of 2018 Kathleen Hurlock, PhD Student, UGA Alexander Harvey, MSBA 2020 Linda Dunbar, Staff, UGA Tosin Adesogan, Graduate Student, UGA Francesca Pase, PhD Candidate UGA Caroline Young, Faculty, UGA Carlton Smith, Graduate Student, UGA Genevieve Guzmán, Graduate Student, UGA Jeani Wooten, Staff, UGA June Levine-Fortunato, Works in Athens Sujata Iyengar, Faculty, UGA Heather Slutzky, Healthcare Worker, Athens Dominique La Barrie, First Year Developmental Psychology Student, UGA Elizabeth A. St.Pierre, Faculty, UGA Eric Harris, Staff, UGA Violeta Rodríguez, MS, MSED Margaret Caughy, Professor, UGA Kelly Happe, Faculty, UGA Richard Menke, Faculty, UGA Benjamin Britton, Faculty, UGA Patricia Richards, Faculty, UGA Paula Runyon, Staff and UGA MFA Class of 2019 Briana Spivey, PhD Student, UGA Annelie Klein, Concerned Citizen Pablo Lapegna, Faculty, UGA Lilian Sattler, Faculty, UGA Savannah Downing , PhD Student, UGA David Schiller, Emeritus Faculty, UGA Amy Ellis, Faculty, UGA Nancy Hunter, Concerned Citizen Valerie McLaurin, Graduate Student, UGA Mandy Mastrovita, Faculty, UGA Montgomery Wolf, Faculty, UGA Vicki Scullion, PhD Candidate Jorge Derpic, Faculty, UGA Anne Williams, Retired faculty Julie Spivey, Faculty Member, UGA Samuel Watson, PhD student, Comm Studies Annie Simpson, MFA Candidate Alicia Davis, UGA PhD Class of 2000 John Banister, PhD Candidate Rachel Bailey, Graduate Student Class of 2022, Undergraduate Class of 1995, Local Business Owner, and Concerned Citizen Katya Tepper, Immunocompromised Local Resident Jason Myres, Faculty, UGA Jake Brower, Carl Vinson Institute of Government Helen K. Haynes, Class of 1972 Mr. Charles Jameson, Concerned Citizen Curtiss Pernice, Works at a local business, Freelance UGA Employee Jenny Lund, Works in Athens Melissa Harshman, Faculty, UGA Daniel Everett, Retired Faculty, UGA Maria Butauski, Department of Communication Studies, Faculty, UGA Catie Young, Staff, UGA Abigail Velez, Works in Athens, Spouse of Faculty Member Lydian Brambila, UGA Libraries Heather Smith, Staff, UGA Miriam Jacobson, Associate Professor of English, UGA Roger Stahl, Faculty, UGA Rachel Arney, Graduate Student, UGA Kendra Burns, Staff, UGA Mary Hammes, Alumna, Citizen, Partner of UGA employee Amanda McDaniel, Staff, UGA Elizabeth Summerlin, MA History 2009 Josh Mckay, Concerned Citizen Barbara A. Biesecker, Faculty, UGA Linda Gilbert, Retired from USG and Athens resident Samantha Leitch, Staff, UGA Andra Walton, Staff, UGA Taryn Corvin, Concerned Citizen Laura G., UGA Parent Brad Leitch, Spouse of UGA Staff Nathan Carlson, Staff, UGA Alexandra Corvin, Class of 2017 Alison Smith, Faculty, UGA Dr. Martha DeHart, Staff, UGA Jarred Jackson, Staff, UGA Alison Piazza, Staff, UGA John Bailey / Class of 1994 / DJ Osmose John Wares, Faculty, UGA Jessica Marter-Kenyon, Post-Doctoral Fellow, UGA Laura Theobald, Graduate Student, UGA Stephen Scheer, Faculty, UGA Mary Willoughby, Faculty, UGA Mary Wade, UGA Parent Lindsay Dickerson, Staff, UGA Samuel Watson, PhD student, Comm Studies, UGA Shelley Pence, Faculty, UGA Ruta Abolins, Faculty, UGA Miriam Zegarac, Graduate Student, UGA Kerry Steinberg, Faculty, UGA Lihi Ben Shitrit, Faculty, UGA Jill Severn, Faculty, UGA; MA, History,1996 Taryn Corvin, Concerned Citizen Annie R. Wendel, Spanish instructor/preceptor until 8/07-12/19 Melissa Rackley, Works in Athens Rebecca Baggett, Retired Staff, Parent of UGA grad, Spouse of UGA grad, Athens resident Leigh Beeson, Staff, UGA Jennifer George, Faculty, UGA Deirdre Kane, Staff, UGA Margaret Penny Wood BFA, MSED, EDS, UGA Isabel Astacio, Immunocompromised local resident Eric Wurzburg, Local Business Owner Douglas Menke, Faculty, UGA Alejandra Villegas, Grad Student, UGA Korie Leigh, Faculty, UGA Melissa Link, Staff, UGA, Clarke County Commissioner Chelsea Ratcliff Bush, Faculty, UGA Anuja Sarda, PhD student, UGA Kate Kaiser, Class of 2006 Stephanie Sutton, UGA Graduate Mary Goll, Faculty, UGA Jennifer Leyting, Staff, UGA Carrie Bishop, Alumna and Partner of UGA employee Janet Frick, Faculty, UGA, past chair of UGA University Council Shaye Gambrell, UGA Graduate Kathleen Falke, Spouse of UGA Staff Tanya Hudson, Class of 2003, 2007, & 2009 Christina Rowland, Staff, UGA Alan Guerra Lizzie Z. Saltz, Spouse of UGA Faculty Marguerite Madden, Faculty, UGA David Cobb, PhD Candidate, UGA Cathy Rumfelt, Alumna, Class of 2000, Athens resident Cheryl Kennedy, Staff, UGA Carly Leilani Fabian, Graduate Student, UGA Melissa Martin, MD, UGA grad 1992 Diana Hartle, Class of '95, Faculty, UGA Danielle West, Local Business Owner Maria Eugenia Castellanos, Post-Doctoral Fellow, UGA Kristen Gleason, Class of 2020 María Rivera Araya, Concerned Citizen Katie Jeffries, Class of 2013 Danielle Walters, Class of 2015 Marcela Garza, Graduate Student, UGA Timi Conley, Director, Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle Cathleen Sweeney, Undergraduate and Concerned Citizen Brittany Barnes, Staff, UGA Randall Abney, 1968 UGA Graduate Svilen Trifonov, Faculty, UGA Carolyn Abney, Local Business Owner Lisa Ward, UGA Graduate Nicole Bechill, Works in Athens Katie Johnson, PhD student, LLED Sophia Weerth, Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, Department of Microbiology, UGA Allison Workman, Class of 1994, Spouse of UGA staff Tracey Wyatt, Healthcare Worker, Athens Jessie Hyatt, 2012, UGA Graduate, Concerned Citizen, Works in Athens Shannon Robinson, Concerned Citizen Paula Krimer, Faculty, UGA Wendy Waldman, Class of 2000 Elena Fernandez, Faculty, UGA Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Menke, Concerned Citizens Aly Brice, Class of 2011 Caitlin Mertzlufft, Alumna, Athens resident, Public Health professional Lois Alworth, Parent of UGA employee, Friend to many UGA employees Mattia Pistone, Faculty, UGA Merrily Dunn, Faculty, UGA Kara Litwin, Undergraduate, UGA Jeff Wood, Local Business Owner Klée Schell, UGA Senior Sabina Ashurova, 3rd year student Christopher Hocking, Faculty UGA Nicole Broerman, Pediatrician Leah Helton, PhD Candidate, UGA Scott Nelson, Faculty, UGA Yasmine Wallace, Class of 2019 & 2022 Brenda Galvez, Class of 2021 Tricia White, Class of 2021 Ben Luttinen, PhD Candidate, UGA Opeyemi Adelugba, Undergraduate, UGA Philip Kohnen, Local Business Owner Michael Nunneley, UGA Graduate student Amanda Rugenski, Faculty, UGA Magdalena Zurawski, Faculty, UGA Ann Farrell, R.N., St. Mary's Hospital Trevor Tuma, PhD Student, UGA Sara Parker, Class of 2006 Rayven Alsobrook, Class of 2023 Peggy Thrasher Law, Class of 1983, Former Faculty, Parent of UGA student, Spouse of UGA Employee Don Law, Staff, UGA Dr. Rose Tahash, Triple Dawg, UGA Staff Samantha Trust, 2020 Riley Hess, Graduate Student, UGA Amari Fortson, Class of 2021 Tricia Lootens, Faculty, UGA Robin Maier, UGA Alumni, GSU MAT Program Amanda Mull, Class of 2009 Sarah Jantzi, Faculty, UGA Shelley Zuraw, Faculty, UGA Nekabari Ereba, Senior, student worker Morgan Holley, Class of 2007 Alyson Barrera, Parent of UGA Student Jennie De la Vega, Concerned Resident and Employee of a Local Business Randy Adams, Healthcare Worker Janice Simon, Faculty, UGA Jenny Woodward, 2011 Graduate & Current Resident of Athens Abigail Courtney, PhD Candidate, UGA Alec Peyton, Class of 2021 Amy Ross, Faculty, UGA Nimsy Corea, Class of 2023 Katy Dwyer, Graduate Student, UGA Melissa Lee, Staff, Class of 2010 Anna Headden, Mental Health Professional in Athens Kevin Sweeney, Works in Athens, Freelance UGA Employee Mary Patrick, UGA staff Evan Greller, Local Business Owner and Healthcare Provider Sarah Crain, Class of 2013, UGA Staff Paige Howell, Class of 2018 Millie Price, UGA Law ‘23 Lisa Anger, Faculty, UGA Emily McIntyre, Graduate Student, UGA Jennifer Griffith Barnhart, Faculty, UGA Nicholas Hatch, Class of 2021 Jessica Greene, Class of 1985, Owner of The Grit and Ted's Most Best Lisa W., Concerned Citizen, UGA Alumni Megan Moriarty, Class of 2000, CCSD Teacher Carol Hunt, Concerned Citizen Christie Sanders, Staff, UGA Beverly Hull, Staff, UGA Nancy Sokolove, UGA Parent Elizabeth Anne Allen, MEd. 1991 Ann Mandel, Class of 2008 Jeffrey Rieter, Staff, UGA Michael Marshall, Quality Manager, CAIS, UGA Dana J. Hortman, Class of 2010 Megan Bramlett, MPH (2019) and current PhD student Christine Kim, Graduate Student, UGA Emily Winner Crim, Class of 2000 and 2010 Robert Bramlett, Clarke Central High School Teacher Nina Santus, Faculty, UGA Suzi Mojock, Concerned Citizen Jennifer Schildknecht, UGA Parent, Local Business Owner, Concerned Citizen Brett Magner MD, Faculty, Healthcare Worker, Local Business Owner Nathan Fleeson, Graduate Student, UGA Evan Alden, MPH, 2020 Tony Pelli, Class of 2012 Nicole Gottdenker, Faculty, UGA Kate Blane, UGA Graduate, Concerned Citizen Selena Lane, Faculty, UGA Jack Cenatempo, Undergraduate Student Class of 2022 and Student Assistant Christine Pardue, UGA Graduate Laura Shepard, UGA Graduate, Jessica Ammons, Staff, UGA Cari Goetcheus, Faculty, UGA Kate Daley-Bailey, Staff, UGA Laura Rack, Graduate Student, UGA Cecilia Reynolds, Staff, UGA Caleb Gonzalez, Zapier and former ECV Manager Robyn Obana, Concerned Citizen, Works in Athens Anthony Potts, Undergraduate Student, UGA Nneka Omoma, Class of 2023 Tucker Austin, Class of 1993, Spouse of UGA Faculty, Athens Healthcare Worker Leandra Nessel, Staff, UGA Sophia Rodriguez, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2023 Zachary Schamis, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2023 Linda Macbeth, Class of 1990 Landscape Architecture, UGA Donor Denise Phan, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2024 Crystal Earwood, UGA Grad, UGA Parent Aidan Rickaby, class of 2023 Jessica Daniels, 2017 Graduate, Staff, UGA Luke Rodgers, Undergraduate Student, Class of '22 Erika Massie, Class of 2018 Jackie Mitchell, Class of 2004 Krysia Ara, UGA Class of 1995, Former UGA Staff Elizabeth Mazza, Class of 2005 Gavin Rakosnik, Class of 2024 Stephanie Lynn, Staff, UGA Grad Lidya Ghedamu, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2021 Kristie Person, Graduate of UGA, Works in Athens Ross Marklein, Faculty , UGA Sean Turner, Class of ‘97, Registered Nurse Erik Person, UGA Grad, Physician Gastroenterologist in Athens Laura Durham, Staff, UGA, Parent of UGA Student Heather Dominicali, Concerned Citizen, Healthcare Worker in Athens Lexy Bridges, Works in Athens, Concerned Citizen Rachel D. Harris, Graduate Student, UGA Graham Johnson, Graduate Student, UGA Sara Moeller, Class of 2020, Concerned Citizen Laura G., Parent of UGA Student Carol Moore, UGA Class of 1983, UGA Freshman Parent Anna Headden, Mental Health Professional in Athens James Reap, Faculty, UGA Rayna Sklar, Class of 2022 Karen Mancera, Class of 2021 Bobby Pelts, Staff, UGA Donna Decatrel RN, PARMC Elizabeth Kraft, Retiring Faculty, UGA Megan Chambers, concerned citizen, Registered Nurse Alicia Arribas, Faculty, UGA Jessica Couch, Staff and PhD student Patrick Fraser, Class of 2001, MPA 2005 Kathleen McDermott, Graduate of UGA, Concerned Citizen Aline Robolin, Graduate of UGA Erica Degue, class of 2023 Heidi, Athens community member Hannah Manning, CO 2023 Anuja Sarda, PhD student, UGA Kathi Dailey Morgan (34year UGA retiree) Jordan Josselson, Concerned Citizen Kate Masuda, Concerned citizen Hannah Smith, BSEd, MEd 93, concerned parent Allison Howard, Faculty, UGA Shelby Ghersi, Class of 2023 Sally E Walker, Faculty, UGA Denise Domizi, 1991, 2008 Mary Ford, PhD Candidate, UGA Cindy Hahamovitch, Faculty, UGA Jonathan Schuh, class of 1998, Parent of UGA Student, UGA Donor Ian Schmutte, UGA Faculty Jennifer McFaline-Figueroa, Graduate Student, UGA Stephanie Andino, Class of 2021 Karen Dillard (2005), UGA Donor Andrew Zawacki, Faculty, UGA Marcus Bowens, Class of 2021, Works in Athens Terrell Austin, Graduate of UGA, 1990, 1995 Mallory Harris, Class of 2018 Mikaela LaFave, Graduate Student, UGA Brittany Leitch, Relative of staff member Pamela Eanes, Concened Citizen, Healthcare Worker in Athens Tracy Peabody, Athens resident Patricia Whatley, Graduate Student, UGA Hannah Costantino, BS, BSA, MPH, MSN-RN (UGA 2011, 2014), Healthcare Worker in Athens Amy Murphy, Faculty, UGA Nicollette Frank, PhD student, UGA Logan Woodall, Concerned Citizen Donna Boggs MSN, RN, Staff, UGA Leah Thompson, c/o 2022 Michael J. Conroy, Retired Faculty, UGA Donor, Concerned Citizen Nancy Walton, RN, MPH Lori Newcomer, Concerned Citizen Sara Ivy, UGA Parent Emily Aland, Concerned Citizen, Healthcare Worker Harlan Cohen, Faculty, UGA Shirlee Tevet, UGA Donor, Concerned Citizen Travis Burch, Co-owner Heirloom Café Marisa Hull, Class of 2021 Lindsey Harding, Faculty, UGA Patricia Majeski-Wiegert, UGA Professors' parent Sarah Buckleitner, Staff, UGA Frederick Wiegert, Parent of UGA Faculty Jeff Kilpatrick (PhD. ‘10, Instructor of Italian at UGA) Jim Leebens-Mack, Faculty, UGA Catherine Bobon, Owner of Athens business Cillies Clothing Ray Kaplan, Faculty, UGA Nicholas Reilly, Works in Athens Charles Nicolosi, Staff, UGA Anna Brinck, PhD Candidate, UGA Wynn Walter, Athens Resident and Teacher Holly Kaplan, Clinical Faculty, UGA Will Hodges, Class of 2002 Emily Turner, 4th year UGA student Edward G. Smart, Athens residen Lauren Kimsey, 4th year undergraduate, UGA Ben Hesse, Athens resident, UGA alumnus Brenda A Poss, BM ‘74, MMEd ‘86, EdS ‘92 Deborah Stanley, Faculty, UGA Bruno Ubiali, PhD student, UGA Vanessa Murray, Class of 2014, UGA Staff Kathy Rohs, Concerned Citizen Tiffany Simon, 3rd year, Undergraduate, UGA Jake Lulewicz, PhD 2018 Kevin Murphy Charlotte Poss Chromiak, Class of 2006 and concerned citizen Rayna Perry, 4th year undergrad UGA Camille Becker, Class of 2023 Jeffrey Whittle, Class of 1992, UGA Faculty, Athens resident Jennifer Kay-Wiiliams, Concerned Citizen Keith P. Rein, class of 2005 Molly McTier, 5th year undergraduate, UGA Juls Knapp, Local Business Owner Steven Honea, Staff, UGA, Class of 2002 Tabitha Krambier, UGA 4th year Undergrad Emeline Mayo, class of 2021 Annelise Johnston, Class of 2019 Allison Coleman, Class of 2009, Works at a local business Caroline Cook, Class of 2021, OIBR research assistant Shari Ex, Spouse of a Graduate Student and Instructor Rachel Peters, Class of 2019, Works at a local business Christen W., UGA 2021 Maggie D., Uber Driver Brennan Murphy, Concerned Citizen Allie Norris, UGA 2021, Jittery Joes Employee Katie Lett, Concerned Citizen Abigail, Works at a local business Erin Stacer, Resident of Athens Clarke County, Works at a local business Marissa Commissiong, Class of 2020 Sarah Butler, 3rd year, undergraduate Alicia May, Graduate Student and Teaching assistant at UGA, 2020 Niki Spear, registered nurse Kevin Murphy Christina Wood Martinez, Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant Christian Andersen, PhD Candidate, UGA Graduate and UGA Donor Emma O’Neal, 4th year undergrad Nathan Carlson, Staff, UGA Jorie Berman, class of 2002, part time faculty Summaya Ahmad, Class of 2022 Kellie Cannon, Class of 2020, Works at a local business Hannah Jane Malicki, Graduate Student, UGA Jordan May class of 2019 Roy Legette, Faculty, UGA Kathryn R Titus, Concerned Citizen Richard Mikulka, Works at a local business Dylan Mobley, Former UGA Student Christian Klimczak, Faculty, UGA Maria F., Considering attending UGA Christa Coulter-Scott, Concerned Athens citizen and healthcare worker


(Note: This list of signatories is being periodically updated.)

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