UofSC COVID-19 update

September 1, 2020

The University of South Carolina announced it is adjusting its on-campus testing locations this week and it has levied interim student suspensions in response to student behavior that jeopardizes public safety.  The university continues to monitor its COVID case load and virus trends very closely and make adjustments when necessary to mitigate risk to the campus community.

Please see the following updates:

  • University saliva testing teams will deploy on campus this week to provide mobile student testing Monday-Friday in areas where wastewater environmental surveillance has shown concentrations of potential COVID-19 cases.  The deployment will allow for more rapid identification, quarantining and care of students.
  • UofSC has levied interim suspensions of 15 students and six Greek organizations charged with student conduct violations.  The citations are for hosting of unauthorized parties or large gatherings in violation of local ordinances or violating quarantine.
  • On-demand student testing is focused this week Monday-Friday on Davis Field from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Additional testing reserved for faculty and staff will be offered Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the 650 Lincoln location. All students experiencing symptoms should make an appointment to be tested Monday-Friday at UofSC Student Health Services.  The combination of these four testing efforts will expand, better focus and improve our ability to care for our community.
  • UofSC has instituted additional quarantines of residents in Greek Village over the weekend (nine total in quarantine) after residents of those houses tested positive for the coronavirus.  All student cases to date were either asymptomatic or experiencing very minor COVID-19 symptoms prior to their tests and none required hospitalization. The university’s decisions regarding quarantine are made in consultation with SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and are designed to reduce the risk of spread into the community.
  • The university confirms it has executed the data match needed to share saliva-based test results to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Please visit our COVID dashboard for more information about other important the university is tracking to inform campus operations. The dashboard will be updated every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.