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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Current COVID-19 Guidelines

The university’s mitigation plans have evolved to address the current phase of COVID-19, allowing individuals to take personal responsibility for keeping themselves healthy while being mindful of their role as members of the larger university community.

COVID-19 Testing

Vaccinations

  • Vaccines and boosters will continue to be available through Student Health Services and, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated to minimize the risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.
  • Moderna vaccines and boosters, including the bivalent booster, continue to be available for all students, faculty, and staff at no cost. Student Health Services offers the Moderna vaccine Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Center for Health and Well-Being at the Student Health Center. 
  • If you have received the vaccine, please upload your vaccine record into the MyHealthSpace portal. The portal is compliant with federal health privacy law and your records will not be shared. For instructions on how to upload a copy of your completed vaccine card to MyHealthSpace visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page. If you received your vaccine on campus through University Health Services, your vaccine status will be updated automatically.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are not required in residential and instructional spaces but are encouraged when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Face coverings remain available on campus and KN95 masks remain available by request at the Center for Health and Well Being at the Student Health Center.  

Isolation (if you test positive for COVID-19)

  • Following the most updated guidelines from the CDC and SCDHEC, students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate for 5 full days to prevent the spread of illness, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Following this isolation, if symptoms completely resolve, the individual may leave isolation but must wear a face covering at all times for an additional 5 days when around others. 
  • Personal responsibility and planning are essential, as students and families must devise an individualized isolation plan should they test positive while attending the university. Each living situation is unique, but plans must be created to reduce the exposure and subsequent viral transmission to others.
  • While the best plan is to stay with a family member or close friend, isolating in place may also be a potential option. We recommend an open discussion with roommates, suitemates or housemates regarding each other’s plans before or upon arrival to campus. 

International Travel

  • The Emergency Management Team will continue regular monitoring of international disease activity and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, US Department of State and others. 
  • Guidance is available for faculty through Global Carolina and for students through Education Abroad.

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being

  • Your mental and emotional health matter. Caring for your overall well-being is essential as you face the challenges of your academic pursuits, the current social climate, the ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, and all that comes with everyday life. If you're dealing with the effects of having COVID-19, grieving the loss of someone you love to coronavirus, or just feeling isolated, our mental health resources can help.

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