COVID-19 and Monkeypox Information - Coastal Carolina University
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COVID-19 and Monkeypox

COVID-19

Coastal Carolina University moved out of COVID-19 emergency operations May 14, 2022. The CDC and the SC Department of Environmental Health and Control (SCDHEC) are now managing COVID-19 as an endemic virus. According to the SCDHEC, the term “endemic” refers to a disease that is circulating in a community at an expected or normal level, minus an occasional outbreak (for example, the flu). South Carolina, along with other states and the federal government, adopted this approach Spring 2022 due to declining case and hospitalization rates as well as the increased availability of vaccines, treatments, and rapid testing. Through these resources along with preventive strategies like wearing masks when indicated, we can keep severe cases to a minimum and live our daily lives with an acceptable level of COVID-19 in the community.

With this in mind, the University has adjusted standard campus operations to address COVID-19 as endemic:

  • The face covering/mask requirement in Student Health Services remains in effect. Free disposable face masks are available in the lobby. Student Health Services may adjust its mask standard according to public health guidance and conditions within the community.
  • Sanitizing Stations are stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes to sanitize surfaces.
  • Student Health Services provides COVID-19 testing to students and employees who are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Student Health Services offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 843-349-6543
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will enact their Personal Emergency Action Plan.

Please note the following campuswide services will not be provided as they were part of COVID-19 emergency operations:

  • The University is not performing contact tracing.
  • The COVID-19 Call Center is no longer active.
  • The Conway Medical Center COVID-19 Clinic in the Lib Jackson Student Union is not available but may be activated, if needed.
  • University Housing is not providing isolation services for residential students.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Student Checklist

  • Isolate in your living space immediately; separate from roommates or wear a well-fitting face mask when you cannot avoid others.
  • If you live on-campus, enact your Personal Emergency Action Plan. Residential students are to complete their isolation before returning to campus. For more information, contact University Housing.
  • Follow the isolation instructions provided by your healthcare provider. If you received a positive result with an at-home COVID-19 test, review the CDC Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage to determine your isolation period and follow the guidance provided.
  • Inform your contacts of their exposure to COVID-19.
  • Notify your professors of your expected dates of absence. You are responsible for making arrangements to make up course work you will miss with your professor.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Review the CDCs criteria for ending isolation and take the next steps based on your situation. Work with your healthcare provider if your symptoms are not improving. 
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a well-fitting mask.

Employee Checklist

  • Isolate yourself at home immediately; separate from household members or wear a well-fitting face mask when you cannot avoid others in your household.
  • Follow isolation instructions provided by your healthcare provider. If you received a positive test result with an at-home COVID-19 test, utilize the CDC Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage to determine your isolation period and follow the guidance provided.
  • Inform your contacts of their exposure to COVID-19.
  • Notify your supervisor of your expected dates of absence and the return to work date.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Review the CDCs criteria for ending isolation and take the next steps based on your situation. Work with your healthcare provider if your symptoms are not improving.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a well-fitting mask.

Please visit COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for more information and additional details on what to do if you test positive for COVD-19.

Current COVID-19 Updates

Monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared monkeypox (MPX) a public health emergency of international concern. MPX virus is an orthopoxvirus that causes a disease with symptoms similar, but less severe, to smallpox. This virus is spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It may also be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact. The spread can begin from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

Symptoms of MPX can include:

  • Rash that can look like pimples or blisters
  • The rash goes through different stages before healing. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Respiratory symptoms (i.e. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

What you need to know according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

What can you do?

  • If you have had close personal contact with someone who has MPX or think you may have MPX please visit a healthcare provider to determine if you should be tested.
  • Individuals can call the Conway Health Department at 855-472-3432 to schedule an appointment.
  • Students can call Student Health Services at 843-349-6543 to schedule an appointment with a provider. For the safety of others, please call ahead; do not walk-in.
  • The Jynneos vaccine is available through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to those most at risk of exposure to MPX. Individuals can call the SCDHEC CareLine at 855-472-3432 to find out if they are eligible and to schedule an appointment. The Jynneos vaccine is not recommended for the general public or healthcare workers at this time.

SCDHEC is responding to the 2022 US outbreak of MPX virus to ensure the health and safety of all South Carolinians and CCU will continue to update guidance as indicated by the CDC and DHEC.

Current Monkeypox Updates