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What is the meaning of quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. CCU’s procedures for quarantine and isolation align with the current CDC and SCDHEC guidance. Students and employees who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 are to notify the CCU COVID-19 Call Center and self-quarantine while waiting for a University contact tracer to contact them. 

CCU’s contact tracing process includes a COVID-19 vaccination status question to identify those students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated. Contact tracers will release a quarantined individual who is fully vaccinated upon verification/receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination record and confirmation that the individual is free of any symptoms. Contact tracers will also share important information from the CDC, recommending that fully vaccinated people get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test results are negative.

Contact tracers will work with students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who have been identified as close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case to offer the quarantine options listed below.

Quarantine Options:

  • A full 14-day quarantine remains the most effective method to prevent transmission after exposure to a COVID-19 case and should be recommended in situations where any risk of transmission cannot be tolerated.
  • Quarantine may end 10 days after last exposure to the positive case if no symptoms have been reported throughout the quarantine period and additional criteria below are met. These criteria may be used to end quarantine without testing, but testing should be highly encouraged before ending quarantine early.
    • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine – and –
    • Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14 – and –
    • Persons are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly to all recommended strategies to mitigate spread (social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) through day 14. They should be advised that if they develop any symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate, contact their healthcare provider, and seek retesting.
  • Quarantine may end after day 7 if the individual has a negative COVID-19 test (either polymerase chain (PCR) or antigen test) result collected no sooner than day 5 and additional criteria listed below is met. If their result is returned earlier than day 7, they must continue to quarantine and monitor for symptoms until completing the full 7-day quarantine. If you choose the 7-day quarantine option, please submit test results to covid@coastal.edu.
    • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine – and –
    • Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14 – and –
    • Persons are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly to all recommended strategies to mitigate spread (social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) through day 14. They should be advised that if they develop any symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate, contact their healthcare provider, and seek retesting.

During quarantine, individuals should:

  • Self-monitor daily for symptoms. - Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from all other individuals, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Failure to follow quarantine protocols endangers the health and safety of the community. Students who fail to quarantine after potential exposure may be held accountable via the Code of Student Conduct.

What is the meaning of isolation?

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. Generally, the isolation period for COVID-19 continues until each and all of these conditions are met:

  • Your symptoms have resolved.
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • 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 for COVID-19, you must isolate until 10 days have passed since the day of the COVID-19 test.

Students and employees who tested positive for COVID-19 are to notify the CCU COVID-19 Call Center and self-isolate while waiting for a University contact tracer to contact them. 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 these 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.

Failure to follow isolation protocols endangers the health and safety of the community. Students who fail to isolate after a positive test may be held accountable via the Code of Student Conduct.

Who can I contact at the University if I have questions about quarantine and isolation?

Students and employees who have questions about quarantine or isolation can contact the CCU COVID-19 Call Center at 843-349-4100 (from outside the US +1-843-349-4100). The COVID-19 Call Center is staffed Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST), and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. (EST).  

As a resident student, what happens if I am required to quarantine or isolate?

The University has developed a Quarantine and Isolation Guide that details the procedures implemented when a resident student is directed to quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19 and is required to isolate.

COVID-19 Call Center staff will perform the intake process for resident students placed in quarantine or isolation on campus. The process 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 will provide campus partners important information to support the student for the duration of their quarantine or isolation.

Residents occupying a bedroom by themselves can isolate in place.

The University has set aside a number of spaces for residents required to relocate to isolate and recover from illness.

The University will provide the following services to resident students in quarantine or isolation:

  • Students should expect contact via phone from COVID Call Center staff for contact tracing purposes and remote monitoring of symptoms.  If symptoms change, the student should contact Student Health Services.
  • Meals and essential supplies will be delivered to the exterior door for pick-up; and
  • Trash will be collected during each food delivery. Residents should wait to place bagged trash outside their exterior door until staff confirms the timing of the food delivery and trash pick-up.
  • Laundry service is available by request.

Am I allowed to go home if I am required to quarantine/isolate?

Students are encouraged to talk with Student Health Services (SHS) to discuss issues they should be aware of if they choose to leave campus for quarantine/isolation. If it is in the best interest of the resident to quarantine/isolate away from campus or with a parent, they may do so and return to University Housing when quarantine or isolation has been concluded. Residents 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. Students will not be able to return to campus without a letter of release from SHS.

What services are offered to students in quarantine or isolation?

Any current student who is directed to quarantine due to a potential COVID-19 exposure or directed to 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.

Student Advocacy and Intervention in the Dean of Students Office will contact students who are in isolation or quarantine to make them aware of available resources and assist them 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 safety needs.

Students should notify their professors and their academic advisor(s) that they are in quarantine or isolation. Students should communicate with each professor and discuss with them arrangements for alternative learning activities, makeup work, or remote instruction. Such arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the nature of the course material. Absences due to isolation will be considered excused with appropriate documentation, and students will be responsible to complete missed assignments per college or department practice.

Counseling Services will work with Student Health Services for consultations and referrals of students in quarantine or isolation. Counseling Services is offering Telemental Health Services for students in the form of consultations or online sessions, if appropriate. To schedule an appointment, please call 843-349-2305, or to schedule online click Here.

CCU also offers Timely Care, allowing for students to have 24-7 access to free virtual health and counseling services. Students must use their @coastal.edu e-mail address when registering. Students can then have visits from any web-enabled device – smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Please contact LiveWell with any questions: livewell@coastal.edu.