COVID-19 Testing

Why are only students who live on campus required to submit a COVID-19 test?

For their health and safety as well as of their classmates, we encourage all students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. Because the College manages the residence halls, the College made COVID-19 testing a condition of move-in.

Is the College providing free COVID-19 testing? If so, how does one qualify?

On campus testing events, currently scheduled for Oct. 20, Nov. 4, Nov. 17 and Nov. 23. will use the student's current insurance to cover part of the testing cost. The remainder of the cost will be covered by CofC. The College will cover the cost of testing at these events for students without insurance. At the testing events, students will need to show their College ID to qualify for testing.

Please visit the COVID-19 Testing page on Back on the Bricks for information about testing locations:

Why can't a student submit an antibody test?

Current guidance from the CDC and the SCDHEC do not support the widespread use of antibody testing because it is not known to reliably detect if an individual has protective antibodies to COVID-19.

How is a PCR test different from an antigen test?

PCR tests detect COVID-19's genetic material, while antigen tests detect the specific viral antigen particular to COVID-19. Both determine if someone is currently ill with COVID-19.

When can a student who has been quarantined return to class/ student employment/ in-person activities after receiving a negative test result?

If a student is in quarantine after being in close contact with a positive case, the student must complete a 14-day quarantine from the last date of exposure to the positive case regardless of a negative test result. If the positive case is a roommate or someone from whom he/she/they is not socially distancing, the person must include in his/her/their quarantine time that person's 10-day isolation before he/she/they start his/her/their own 14-day quarantine. This means the student could be in quarantine 24 days or more.

When should a student who is in quarantine be tested? Does a negative test mean that the student does not need to complete the 14-day quarantine period?

People who are in quarantine due to a close contact with a positive case, should not seek testing until seven days have passed since their last exposure to the positive case. A negative result does not shorten a 14-day quarantine.

Are people who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case infectious?

People are not known to be infectious just because of close contact. People who have had an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case MAY develop COVID-19. It can take up to 14 days to become infected with COVID-19 after exposure. Quarantine removes people from others temporarily in order to see if they develop the illness and to prevent them from exposing others before they are aware of being infectious.

How are people supposed to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19?

If people suspect they have COVID-19, they can submit a notice through the Everbridge app. Student submissions will go to Student Health Services. Faculty and staff submissions will go the Human Resources. Alternatively, students can call Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 and employees can call and HR at 843.953.5211.

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