COVID-19 Testing

Where can I go for testing/screening?

Spring 2021 Testing Dates and Sites:

People can walk up for testing at Stern Center on the corner of Glebe and George streets on the following dates.

Monday 4.19.21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - MUSC, open to students, faculty and staff

Tuesday 4.27.21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - DHEC, open to students, faculty, staff, families and the greater Charleston community

Monday 5.3.21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - MUSC, open to students, faculty and staff

Tuesday 5.4.21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - DHEC, open to students, faculty, staff, families and the greater Charleston community

Wednesday 5.5.21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - MUSC, open to students, faculty and staff



Students, faculty and staff can use the daily health self-screening, based on CDC guidelines, to answer a short set of health-oriented questions.  

If the answers result in a failure of the screening, students should reach out to Student Health Services for further guidance. Faculty and staff should reach out to their supervisor and their primary care provider for further guidanceIn either case, individuals who fail the daily screening are prohibited from being on campus or at College gatherings until cleared by campus officials. 

Local SC DHEC Drive-Up Testing:

Please visit for updated testing locations and times.

I am fully vaccinated (two weeks following last dose of COVID-19 vaccine). Do I still need to wear a face covering?

Yes. While indications are that current vaccines protect people from more serious forms of COVID-19 and that they are less likely to become hospitalized or die from the virus, the available research is unclear about whether vaccinated individuals are still capable of spreading the illness. Therefore, all guidance from the CDC and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control indicate that until more people are vaccinated in the community, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet, consistently wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly will remain effective ways to mitigate a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community.

Will College of Charleston cover the cost of COVID-19 testing?

CofC is looking to partner with agencies that can provide testing at no cost to students, faculty and staff. Insurance will be used where feasible and, at this time, the College will cover the cost of COVID-19 testing if no insurance is available. Student Health Services is also looking to acquire a testing unit on campus that will allow for rapid testing of students only. Visit "testing and Self-screening" for more information on testing at

What is COVID-19 test protocol for the spring semester?

This spring, the College will host weekly testing events in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department Health and Environmental Control. The College will select students from the entire student population. Participation will be mandatory, and for those students selected who do not comply, their Cougar Card access will be suspended until they have been tested. Students who continue to be non-compliant may be charged with a student conduct violation and potential conduct action. Students who do not come to campus for any reason will not need to participate in the mandatory testing.

With increased testing, combined with our current health and safety protocols inside and outside of the classroom as outlined in our Back on the Bricks plan, we hope to create and sustain an environment that allows our students to have an enriching college experience and keep them on track for their academic goals.

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

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.

Where can students go to get tested?

Please visit the COVID-19 Testing page of Back on the Bricks for a complete list of testing locations:

COVID-19 mobile testing sites are operating in counties across the state. As providers across the state continue to increase testing, DHEC wants to make sure South Carolinians know where they can go to get tested. The mobile testing clinic webpage provides information to help you locate where testing is happening right now, in your community. 

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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