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 notify Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling 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.

Business Hours Contact: Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling 
803.786.3603 | mmeriwether@columbiasc.edu

Non-Business Hours Contact: CCPD at 803.786.3333

Self-Quarantine 

Self-Quarantine involves remaining in your home or residence hall with 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 14 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 14 days. In the instance of self-quarantine on campus, the individuals shall receive meals delivered to their door, and a twice-daily check-ins with the Student Affairs Administrator on-call.

Quarantine Protocols

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

  • Notify Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling at 803.786.3603 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. 
  • Students for whom self-quarantine is deemed beneficial will discuss housing and their transition to the quarantine area on Hudson third floor.  
  • Students can arrange for meal delivery on an as-needed basis.  
  • Students in self-quarantine will have twice-daily check-ins with the Student Affairs Administrator on-call.  
  • Students in self-quarantine must contact Kristin Brooks with the Office of Student Success at 803.786.3713 within 24 hours to discuss academic continuity. 
  • Employees who require self-quarantine and mandated isolation, who will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home, must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence.  

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 in the isolation house at 1406 Columbia College Drive or 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 14 day isolation period when testing positive for COVID-19 must complete a re-entry COVID-19 test and receive negative results before they are allowed to return to campus. After this 14 day isolation period if a student continues to test positive for COVID-19 they are eligible to continue the semester remotely until a negative test is achieved. The Office of Student Success will work with the student to ensure their academic success. 
  • 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 until medically cleared by a physician. 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.

Resources 

Definitions:  Self-Quarantine and Mandated-Isolation