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GENERAL ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION

NOTE: If you live in University Housing, please refer specifically to the Resident Isolation and Quarantine Guide.

Quarantine and isolation for ill or potentially ill 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.

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

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.
  • 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 shsmedrec@coastal.edu.

Additional criteria to discontinue quarantine (after day 7 or 10) include:

  • 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 symptoms for 14 days - 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.

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 residence, 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.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if you are able to.

Throughout quarantine and/or isolation, Student Health Services will continue to monitor the student as needed once they are aware of a positive COVID-19 test result. In addition:

  • If you were tested off-campus and Student Health Services is not aware, please take the following steps:
    • Notify Student Health Services by e-mail at covid@coastal.edu to provide that information.
    • Notify your professors of your need to participate in courses remotely for your period of isolation/quarantine, and let your professors know you have already notified Student Health Services.
    • Respond to any communication from CCU and/or local contact tracers promptly so as to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
    • Notify Student Health Services or your off-campus medical provider if symptoms change.
  • If you were tested on-campus at Student Health Services, please:
    • Do not take any additional steps to notify the University.
    • Notify your professors of your need to participate in courses remotely for your period of isolation/quarantine, and let your professors know that Student Health Services is already aware. Student Health Services will provide you documentation of this via the MySHS portal.
    • Respond to any communication from CCU and/or local contact tracers promptly so as to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Notify Student Health Services if symptoms change.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS and LINKS

Public Safety Emergency 843-349-2911; Non-emergency 843-349-2177

Student Health Services 843-349-6543

Counseling Services 843-349-2305

Dean of Students 843-349-4161

University Housing 843-349-6400

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Telemental Health Appointment

Resident Isolation and Quarantine Guide PDF