COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test Results

Directions for Students & Faculty

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 or have active cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sneezing, vomiting, intestinal issues, or shortness of breath, please submit a Student or Faculty/Staff Reporting Form. You can also reach out to your COVID-19 Contact during regular business hours.

During non-business hours, please call CCPD at 803.786.3333 and CCPD will contact the Student Affairs Administrator on-call. Have questions about self-quarantining and isolating on campus? Review our policies below.

Self-Quarantine 

Self-Quarantine involves limited public contact due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19, international travel, or travel to an area with a high occurrence of COVID-19. The confirmed exposure is usually determined by the SCDHEC through a COVID-19 tracer investigation and surveillance of current active COVID-19 cases. Such self-quarantine involves no less than 5 days of confinement.  

When to Self-Quarantine

If an individual has active cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sneezing, vomiting, intestinal issues, or shortness of breath, they should choose to quarantine themselves until such symptoms are no longer present for a minimum of 48 hours. In this circumstance, the individual should do their best to keep six feet of distance with any others in their home environment, limit contact to as few individuals as possible (as few as 1-2), and use antibacterial disinfectant after each restroom use, especially for shared restrooms.

If an individual has recently traveled internationally or to a region with a high occurrence of COVID-19 cases, but shows no symptoms of illness, they should choose to quarantine themselves for no less than 5 days.

Quarantine Protocols

Columbia College faculty, staff, and students who are considering self-quarantine due to exposure but are asymptomatic will follow these procedures:

  • Students living on campus must notify the COVID-19 Coordinator Mimi Meriwether 803-786-3603 and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. It will then be determined if self-quarantine is necessary given the circumstances (during non-business hours, please call CCPD 786-3333 and you will be connected with the Student Affair’s Administrator on-call).
  • Students must quarantine off-campus and are not allowed to remain in their residence hall.
  • Employees who require self-quarantine and who will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home, must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence.

For students and employees in self-quarantine the following criteria must be met before being cleared to return to campus: 

  • At least 5 days of quarantining off-campus have passed; and
  • Received a negative COVID-19 test result; and
  • COVID test results have been submitted to either the COVID Coordinator (students only) or Human Resources (faculty and staff).

Mandated Isolation 

Mandated Isolation involves remaining at home with zero public contact due to a  positive COVID-19 test, with or without active symptoms. The amount of time spent in isolation will be dependent on the length of illness, presence of symptoms, and the medical provider’s guidance.

When a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the following protocols for Mandated Isolation take effect.

Isolation Protocols  

  • Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 must notify Mimi Meriwether, our COVID-19 Coordinator, at 803-786-3603 during regular business hours. During non-business hours, the student must call the Columbia College Police Department (CCPD) at 803-786-3333, and CCPD will contact the Student Affairs Administrator On-Call. The Administrator On-Call will work with the student to assist in contacting the student’s family to arrange transportation from campus. The student must leave campus immediately. Students who live over three hours from campus will be allowed to stay on the third floor of Hudson Residence Hall for up to 48 hours.
  • Commuter students should stay home and notify Mimi Meriwether, our COVID-19 Coordinator at 803-786-3603.  Students in mandated isolation must contact Kristin Brooks in the Office of Student Success within 24 hours to discuss academic continuity.
  • Students who are returning to campus after a 10 day isolation period when testing positive for COVID-19 must complete the following before they are allowed to return to campus:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
    • At least 48 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    • Symptoms (e.g., no fever >100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath, headache) have improved; and
    • Completion of a COVID-19 Return to Campus Form.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence and shall not return to the campus for any reason. Employees may not send their family members or friends who they may have exposed to the virus to campus to retrieve any belongings. The employee may reach out to their supervisor to arrange pick-up of possessions by a non-exposed third-party. Employees are cleared to return to campus after meeting the following criteria:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
    • At least 48 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    • Symptoms (e.g., no fever >100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath, headache) have improved; and
    • Completion of a COVID-19 Return to Campus Form.

Resources 

Definitions:  Self-Quarantine and Mandated-Isolation