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Quarantine and isolation for ill or potentially ill residential students

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.

A University housing resident means a student who is assigned university housing space, i.e. a room, suite, or apartment.

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

  • Stay in your assigned residence space 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 but have received a positive test) from people who are not infected. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should stay in their assigned residence space, with the exception of receiving 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 roommates, if possible;
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible;
  • Avoid contact with other roommates;
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils; and
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if you are able to.

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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 of items to consider packing such as clothing, personal care items, medications, technology, and educational materials.

If it is in the best interest of the resident student to quarantine away from campus or with a parent, they may do so and return to University Housing when quarantine or isolation has been concluded. Resident students who select this option will need to remain in contact with the University’s Student Health Services and provide all necessary information before returning to their housing assignment.

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

  • A Student Health Services provider or nurse will remotely monitor signs and symptoms via periodic phone calls.
  • Meals and essential supplies will be delivered to the exterior door of apartment for pick-up.
  • 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:

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

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Use of common areas - study areas, TV lounges, and laundry rooms

In order to safely facilitate the use of common areas, University Housing has reduced seating and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in these areas. High touch-point surfaces such as doorknobs, door or cabinet handles, handrails, buttons, light switches, countertops, tables, desks, phones, keyboards, etc. will be cleaned routinely throughout the day, focusing on removing or reducing bacteria and viruses, including the novel coronavirus. Residents are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene before and after common area use.

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Student guests (guests of students on campus)
  • No guests will be permitted on campus or in the residence halls during Phase 1. Residents are allowed to have a few individuals assist during the move-in and move-out processes, but only during their preassigned move-in/move-out time slot.

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