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

Care for Students

Columbia College has contracted with a regional home health care agency to care for students who've tested positive for COVID-19. They will provide a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who will assist students with tasks such as bathing, grooming, oral care, dressing, toileting activities, and recording vital signs. The CNA will also help manage daily housekeeping tasks, such as feeding, meal preparation, linen changes, and light housekeeping; and provide transportation as needed to doctor appointments.

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 or mmeriwether@columbiasc.edu 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 or kbrooks@columbiasc.edu 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 on campus property or at home with zero public contact due to a positive COVID-19 test, with or without active symptoms. Isolation housing on campus is maintained for international students or those living three hours away or more. In this circumstance, the individual shall receive meals delivered to their door, cleaning supplies for their restroom and living space, and twice-daily check-ins from the Student Affairs Administrator on call. The amount of time spent in isolation will be dependent on the length of illness, presence of symptoms, and the medical provider’s guidance.

Isolation Protocols  

Columbia College faculty, staff, and students diagnosed with COVID-19 who require mandated isolation will follow these procedures:

  • Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 must notify Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling at 803.786.3603 or mmeriwether@columbiasc.edu 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. The Administrator on-call will work with the student to identify a temporary housing assignment at either 1406 Columbia College Drive or Hudson third floor.  
  • Students in mandated isolation must contact Kristin Brooks with the Office of Student Success at 803.786.3713 or kbrooks@columbiasc.edu within 24 hours to discuss academic continuity.   
  • Students in mandated isolation will have twice-daily check-ins with the Student Affairs Administrator on-call. They may have more daily check-ins if deemed medically necessary, and they also may be referred to a medical provider and/or hospital.  
  • Employees who have tested 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 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.   
  • Students living on campus should obtain documentation from the identifying hospital or physician indicating the need for mandated isolation. The college will initiate temporary on-site housing arrangements at 1406 Columbia College Drive or Hudson third floor for the student.   
  • Meal delivery can be arranged on an as-needed basis, and Facilities Management will reach out to provide cleaning supplies.  
  • Employees who are mandated to quarantine and will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence.  

Medical Monitoring of Students, Faculty and Staff  

Columbia College will retain a roster of students, faculty, and staff who are in quarantine and isolation, for students this includes their room/campus location, cell phone number, and their emergency contacts. If and when emergency response is required for those students, responding Columbia College staff will wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Whenever CCPD, or staff are aware of emergency response by external first responders to such a student, those Columbia College staff will inform the external first responders of the student’s status in quarantine or isolation.  

Columbia College will provide twice-daily check-ins of all students who are in quarantine or isolation on campus. Individuals will be given a medical kit that will include a thermometer and over-the-counter prescriptions that can help with mild symptoms. Individuals will be asked to take their temperature and record their symptoms twice daily and it will be reviewed with the Student Affairs Administrator on-call.  

Resources 

Definitions:  Self-Quarantine and Mandated-Isolation