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Testing and Infection

COVID-19 infection containment measures

Coastal Carolina University has established COVID-19 infection containment measures to ensure a rapid response to COVID-19 positive cases on campus.

COVID-19 Viral Testing

COVID-19 viral testing will be available through Student Health Services by appointment only for individuals who are symptomatic.

COVID-19 viral testing will be available through Student Health Services (SHS). SHS offers close contact/symptom-based COVID-19 testing to students, faculty and staff via its partnership with LabCorp (test results in 5 to 7 days). To make an appointment, visit the Student Health Services webpage or call 843-349-6543.

COVID-19 Case Reporting, Campus Contact Tracing and Notification

The University will augment contact tracing performed by SCDHEC with the capability to trace the close contacts of those testing positive for the virus to control community spread on campus… 

Quarantine and Isolation

CCU’s procedures for quarantine and isolation align with the CDC and SCDHEC guidance.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Students, faculty, and staff who have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case should quarantine and follow the CDC guidelines:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.

Students, faculty, and staff who are COVID-19 positive should stay home or in their residence except to get medical care and isolate according to the CDC guidelines:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if you are able to.

Quarantine and Isolation Operations for Resident Students

The University has the capability to provide quarantine and isolation spaces and support for resident students. The University has developed a Quarantine and Isolation Plan that details the procedures implemented when a resident student is directed to quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19 and is required to isolate.

University Housing has assessed and identified on-campus resident spaces that meet federal guidance for quarantine and isolation (private bedrooms/private bathrooms) where resident students can quarantine or isolate in their own space. Resident students living in housing areas with shared sleeping spaces and/or bathrooms will be relocated to an appropriate space in contracted off-campus housing. Resident students required to relocate will be provided a COVID-19 Packing List with items to consider packing such as clothing, personal care items, medications, technology, and educational materials.

Resident students directed to quarantine or isolate must complete the COVID-19 Intake Form. The form includes questions about prescription medication refills, dietary restrictions or preferences, food and medication allergies, and the need for additional personal care items. The information gathered on the intake form will provide campus partners important information to support the student for the duration of their quarantine or isolation.

In addition to the case management services listed above, the University will provide the following services to resident students in quarantine or isolation:

  • A SHS provider or nurse will remotely monitor signs and symptoms via periodic phone calls.
  • Meals and essential supplies will be delivered to the exterior door for pickup.
  • Waste placed outside the exterior door will be removed.

University Housing and Student Health Services will speak with the resident student and provide important quarantine or isolation instructions and information:

  • Self-monitoring and documentation of symptoms is required.
  • How to obtain access to medical care
  • Rules restricting access beyond the approved quarantine/isolation space
  • Proper procedures and PPE for waste pickup and meal/essentials delivery
  • Communication protocols
  • Meal delivery schedule

Quarantine and isolation for non-resident students 

Academic assistance for students in quarantine or isolation

Students should notify their professors and their academic advisor(s) that they are in quarantine or isolation. Students should communicate with each professor about how they can continue to access course meetings and/or course materials from a remote location, and should change their "virtual" or "in-person" selections for each course in WebAdvisor. In addition to participating in their courses online, students will have virtual access to the following services:

  • Tutoring and Learning Center, including the Writing Center and Mathematics Center
  • Academic Coaching, including tips and strategies for succeeding in online courses
  • Academic Advising
  • Library Services, including research consultations and equipment checkout
  • Discipline-specific tutoring in academic departments
Campus Case Management Services for Students in Quarantine or Isolation

Any current student who is directed to quarantine due to a potential COVID-19 exposure or isolate due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 will be offered campus case management services in support of their health, emotional well-being, and academics.

  • Students who are diagnosed as COVID-19 positive by Student Health Services will be directed to isolate, educated on quarantine and isolation, and advised of the following:
    • Take important precautions as recommended by the CDC
    • Monitor and document your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
    • Follow-up with SHS as needed.
    • A SHS provider will assist with delineating the discontinuation of isolation. Generally, the isolation period for COVID-19 continues until each of these conditions is met:
      • Your symptoms are better - AND –
      • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared – AND –
      • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time.
      • If you had no symptoms but tested positive by a swab test, you must isolate until 10 days have passed since the swab was done.
  • Counseling Services will work with Student Health Services for consultations and referrals of students in quarantine or isolation. Teletherapy is available for students on a continuous basis to see a counselor via phone, tablet, or computer.  All the student will have to do is click the link that will be sent in their email.  Students can also reach out directly and schedule an appointment online or call 843-349-2305. In determining their need for therapy, the therapist/counselor will:
    • Hear Fully,
    • Hold Space,
    • De-escalate,
    • Provide Internal Campus Supports and Community Supports and Helps, then schedule for another consultation or be accepted for therapy.
    • Their Therapeutic Treatment Plan will reflect all supports available: Individual, Family, Group, and Couples Therapy.
  • Student Advocacy and Intervention in the Dean of Students Office will make contact with students who are in isolation and/or quarantine to make them aware of the resources available to them and assist with needs that may arise during that time such as:
    • Academic distress due to personal issues.
    • Assistance with basic needs (food and housing).
    • Connecting with resources, both on and off campus.
    • Communication with faculty in an emergency.
    • Personal or family emergencies.
    • Personal safety needs.
  • Academics TBD
  • Sanitation procedures
  • Discontinuation of quarantine/isolation