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Testing positive for COVID-19 can be a surprising and frightening experience. We want to make this process easier by providing students guidance for students. Below are the steps you should take in the event you or your roommate test positive for the coronavirus. 


I tested positive. Now what?

  • Begin to isolate as soon as you receive your results. This means no class, work or leaving your isolation location for anything but medical care. A medical professional or a contact tracer will help you determine the exact dates of your isolation.
  • Even fully vaccinated individuals can become infected and test positive for COVID-19. You will still need to follow isolation protocols as given by a medical professional or a contact tracer if you test positive after being vaccinated.
  • If you were tested off campus, upload your test result to your account in MyHealthSpace. On-campus residents who receive a positive result after hours should shelter in place and isolate themselves from roommates until hearing from a Contact Tracer. This may take hours from the time youhave access to your result. Contact a Resident Mentor or other on-duty professional if assistance is needed.
  • Live on campus? Please activate your filed quarantine and isolation plan previously submitted to the university. You cannot stay in your residence hall room or university-operated apartment. You must either go home to isolate with your family or be relocated to one of our isolation facilities. 
  • Live off campus? Roommates, housemates and family members can safely isolate within a household by practicing rigorous risk mitigation strategies. Visit the CDC for more information and instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf.
  • Let faculty/employers know that you will be in isolation. You can arrange formal communication to your faculty by uploading your test results to go.sc.edu/COVIDstudentreport.
  • Make a list of friends, family and co-workers that you have been in close contact with (within 6 ft for 15 or more cumulative meinutes in a 24-hr period) in the two days before your first symptom or your test, if you do not have symptoms. 
  • A contact tracer from UofSC or SC DHEC will reach out to you to collect close contact information and give you additional advice. Haven’t heard from someone? Call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511.
  • Need medical attention for symptoms? Schedule a telemedicine appointment via MyHealthSpace or call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511 to arrange a nurse callback. If you’re having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in the chest, experiencing confusion or inability to stay awake, or have bluish lips, or any other medical emergency call 9-1-1.
  • Need emotional support during isolation? Counseling & Psychiatry offers virtual services including support groups for students who are in quarantine or isolation. Sign up for support groups in MyHealthSpace under Groups/Workshops. Get more information about mental health and wellbeing services available at UofSC at sc.edu/mentalhealth.  

Have questions or not getting what you need? Call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511. 

 

My roommate tested positive. Now what?

 

  • Your roommate needs to begin to isolate as soon as they are aware of their results. This means no class, work or leaving their isolation location for anything but medical care.
  • if you are not fully vaccinated, you may need to quarantine due to being a close contact. If you have been within 6 feet of your roommate for 15 or more cumulative minutes in a 24 hour period in the two days before their first symptom or positive test, if they did not have symptoms, you are considred a close contact. Contact tracers can help to determine if you meet these criteria.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine may not be necessary. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to your MyHealthSpace portal.
  • If you live on campus and meet criteria for quarantine,  you need to activate your filed quarantine and isolation plan that you previously submitted to the university. You cannot stay in your residence hall room or university-operated apartment. You must either go home to quarantine with your family or be relocated to one of our quarantine facilities. If your roommate receives their positive test after hours, please shelter in place and call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511 in the morning.
  • Live off campus? Roommates, housemates and family members can safely quarantine within a household by practicing rigorous risk mitigation strategies. Visit the CDC for more information and instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf.
  • Let faculty/employers know that you will be in quarantine. You can arrange formal communication to your faculty by uploading your test results to go.sc.edu/COVIDstudentreport.
  • A contact tracer from UofSC or SC DHEC will reach out to you if you are considered a close contact to provide you with additional information. Haven’t heard from someone? Call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511.  
  • Need medical attention for symptoms? Schedule telemedicine appointment via MyHealthSpace or call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511 to arrange a nurse callback.
  • Need emotional support during isolation? Counseling & Psychiatry offers virtual services including support groups for students who are in quarantine or isolation. Sign up for support groups in MyHealthSpace under Groups/Workshops. Get more information about mental health and wellbeing services available at UofSC at sc.edu/mentalhealth

Have questions or not getting what you need? Call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511. 


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