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Alert levels, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine
Campus Alert Levels
To simplify the range of operational approaches, the university will utilize five COVID-19 Alert Levels to indicate the severity of COVID-19 transmission and implications for institutional operations. These Alert Levels were informed by guidance from the UofSC Aiken Taskforce on Health Subcommittee, PreventingEpidemics.org, the CDC, current science and data, and current guidelines from the SC Department of Administration. These alert levels are fluid and may change as necessary.
Contact Tracing Procedures
UofSC Aiken’s Student Health Center and the Student Counseling Center play pivotal roles in COVID-19 mitigation and treatment efforts, develop new services, and create flexible staffing solutions to optimize medical and mental health responses in the face uncertainty during this novel pandemic. In addition to the pandemic response, these areas will continue to provide patient-centered care for episodic and chronic illnesses, injuries, counseling, preventative care, and wellness services.
Quarantine or Isolation
The on-campus quarantine space will be an alternate short-term living location for on-campus students—not a medical facility, and medical care will not be provided. Students experiencing worsening symptoms while in isolation may be referred to urgent care facilities or the emergency department for consideration of hospitalization.
Tips for how to navigate campus life right now
- Continue to self-monitor for symptoms.
- Be respectful of others and their individual comfort levels related to masking and distancing.
- Report all positive cases to the university COVID-19 Coordinators.
- Faculty should require the same documentation for excused absences related to COVID-19 that are required of other illnesses. For example, if a doctor’s excuse is required in order to miss a test or class for other illnesses, that does not change.
- Make assumptions about other individuals based on whether or not they are wearing a mask.
- Ask someone whether or not they are vaccinated or immunocompromised (this is personal and not necessary to know).
- Ask someone to put on or to remove their mask.
Keep in Mind
If you think you may be positive for COVID-19 and are a student, call Student Health at 803-641-2840 or call the COVID-19 Helpline at 803-641-3271. DO NOT go to the Student Health Center. If you think you may be positive for COVID-19 and are faculty or staff, contact your primary care provider.
- If you believe you are positive but have not been tested, begin your 10 day period of isolation on the day you first have symptoms. Your contacts will need to be notified
- People with COVID-19 are contagious to others for 2 days prior to the beginning of symptoms, and up to 2 days after the symptoms resolve
- Even if you are positive and asymptomatic, you may still transmit it to other people, and need to isolate for 10-14 days
- If you have been in non-close contact with someone who is positive (outside 6 feet or within 6 feet for a brief period of time), practice social distancing and good hygiene and self monitor for symptoms
The latest guidelines and resources to help you navigate issues related to COVID-19
- CDC Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: COVID-19 guidance for colleges/universities
- South Carolina Risk Tracker
- mRNA Vaccines Explained
- Physicians for Informed Consent: Vaccine Efficacy and Safety
- Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2
- Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19
- Why Get Vaccinated flyer
- Masks Recommended sign
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