Quarantine and isolation are important parts of the university’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy. While they are similar, there are important differences between the two.
Students in Quarantine or isolation, check your MyHeathSpace account daily for secure messages from medical staff. Also, we will upload your formal letter for you to provide your professors in MyHealthSpace.
Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease –like COVID-19– by separating and restricting the movement of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. It lasts until the patient meets a certain criteria to be considered healthy.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease –like COVID-19– to see if they become ill. Quarantines are typically used for individuals who are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. In particular, individuals who have had close contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. Guidance calls for a 14-day quarantine for the coronavirus and regular and monitoring of for symptoms.
Student Health Services will advise campus community members of the need to quarantine or isolate if they are suspected of a COVID-19 infection. To monitor your symptoms, you will need the following:
- Temperature and symptom log
Where Should You Quarantine or Isolate?
At your permanent home residence or somewhere you have a separate room and bathroom. You will need to separate yourself from family and friends. Make sure there is someone at the residence that can help you with basic needs and support like groceries and prescription medicines. You should not leave your home except to get medical care.
Students living in on-campus residence halls who have tested positive, or are assumed positive for COVID-19, may be required to relocate to a quarantine or isolation space on campus. This is a short-term living location for on-campus students and not a medical facility.
What To Do While in Quarantine or Isolation?
Stay in your room as much as possible. Try to avoid others in the household – including pets! Wear a face mask when you go into shared areas in the home or apartment. Disinfect high-touch surfaces like remote controls, keyboards, doorknobs, countertops and bathroom fixtures. Student Health Services will provide more information about how to successfully comply with the isolation order or quarantine.
While in quarantine or isolation continue taking your classes. Your coursework should be available online or contact your professors for instructions. Communicate with friends and family using video chats, voice calls or text messages. If you have down time, catch up on your favorite shows on streaming platforms, read books or exercise.
Students experiencing worsening symptoms while in isolation may be referred to the emergency department of local hospitals for consideration of hospitalization. Local hospitals include:
What Care Will be Available?
Students who are quarantined or isolated will be required to participate in medical monitoring by Student Health Services in the form of phone calls or medical monitoring technology applications. This health monitoring includes nurse check-ins, symptom monitoring, patient education materials and other health case management procedures.
Student Health Services will also support individuals who are quarantined and isolated through a case management model that includes regular check-ins and coordination of needed support services. Examples of these support services include coordination of food, supply or medication needs, telemedicine or telecounseling, or referral for academic support.
Mental health care will be available to students from Counseling & Psychiatry department during isolation or quarantine. Telecounseling and telepsychiatry visits with Student Health Services providers will be available for students who remain in the state of South Carolina. Students can make their appointments at MyHealthSpace or may access limited afterhours mental health services by a licensed counselor by calling 803-777-5223.
Faculty and staff who are isolated or quarantined will have access to COVID-19 self-care information and are encouraged to follow up with their personal health care provider. A list of community follow-up options will be provided to those who do not have a personal physician. Courtesy telephone check-ins will be offered through the Student Health Services’ Isolation/Quarantine team, and cases will be tracked. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to contact the University’ Employee Assistance Program mygroup.com or call 800-633-3353.
Ending Your Quarantine or Isolation
Each person will experience the coronavirus differently. Individuals will be cleared from isolation or quarantine based on current best practices, such as a negative disease test result or improving symptoms, and the advice of health care providers. A positive diagnostic test result will result in guidance to continue to isolate until considered recovered based on specific CDC and SC DHEC guidelines.
Individuals who violate quarantine or isolation directives by moving around campus or attending work or class may be subject to disciplinary action by university officials. In addition, individuals may be ordered to isolate or quarantine by state public health officials.