COVID 19 Testing

Where can I go for testing/screening?

There will not be mandatory surveillance testing for the general student body during fall 2021. Specific student groups may be required to test, and details will be communicated to those groups.

COVID-19 tests will be offered by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to people of any age and by the University of South Carolina (USC) to people 16 and older. USC testing will be a saliva-based test.

Fall test dates:

Tuesday, October 19th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, October 20th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Thursday, October 21st - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, October 25th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Wednesday, October 27th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 2nd - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, November 10th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 16th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Thursday, November 18th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, November 22nd - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, November 29th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Tuesday, November 30th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, December 1st - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Wednesday, December 8th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER, Room 205)

Tuesday, December 14th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

For DHEC testing, check in at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov or using the QR code below.

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For USC testing, check in at USC Testing or using the QR code below.

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Self-Screening:

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 guidance. In 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: https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-screening-testing-sites

Please visit https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/covid-19-testing/index.php  for updated testing locations and times.

I am fully vaccinated*. Do I still need to wear a face covering?

Per the CDC and S.C. DHEC guidelines, those who are not vaccinated or those who wish to continue to wear face-coverings/masks are encouraged to do so.  

Individuals who wish to wear masks are free to do so, regardless of vaccination status. Members of the campus community should respect an individual’s decision to wear a mask, regardless of the reasons.

The College strongly encourages all members of campus community to get vaccinated. Free vaccine clinics for students are being offered on campus throughout the summer. Visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website to find vaccine distribution sites throughout the state.

In following these new campus guidelines, we ask that everyone please adhere to the College’s core value of integrity. We expect that all will follow the policy related to their own vaccination status.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks or longer after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks or longer after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.

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

Yes. The College will offer weekly COVID-19 testing for anyone in the campus community who would like to be tested. Every other week testing will be offered by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Controland the University of South Carolina. The USC testing will be a saliva-based test.

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.

When can a student who has been quarantined return to class/ student employment/ in-person activities?

If an unvaccinated student is in quarantine after being in close contact with a positive case, the student must complete a 10-day quarantine from the last date of exposure to the positive case. If the positive case is a roommate or someone else with whom the student cannot socially distance, College of Charleston contact tracers will work with the individual to determine the quarantine period.

Can an individual take a COVID test to end their quarantine early? Does a negative test mean that the student does not need to complete the required quarantine period?

People who are in quarantine due to a close contact with a positive case will be required, per College protocol, to quarantine for a full 10 days. College of Charleston contact tracers will work with the individual to determine the quarantine period.

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: https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/covid-19-testing/index.php

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 webpageprovides 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 who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are thought to be very low risk for developing COVID-19 infection. People who are unvaccinated may become infectious due to close contact. 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.

Is the College going to require ongoing testing throughout the semester and not just before students arrive on campus?

As per state law, the College will not require mandatory testing, but free weekly testing will be available for all members of the campus community.

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 through a self report form. 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.