COVID-19 Guidelines


The following guidelines are provided for CofC employees and are based on the most recent CDC guidance related to COVID-19. We expect members of our campus community to follow these recommendations to help protect their own health and the health of others.


For employees who are FEELING SICK, it is recommended that you:

  • Stay at home, except to obtain medical care,

  • Separate yourself from others to the extent possible and wear a mask around others,

  • Monitor your symptoms, and

  • Take a COVID-19 test.


For employees who TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, please notify your supervisor as soon as possible, and follow these general CDC guidelines:

  • Isolate for a minimum of FIVE DAYS (day "zero" is the date of the positive test), regardless of vaccine status,

  • Notify your supervisor as soon as possible,

  • Employees can resume work on campus on DAY 6** as long as:

    1. They have no COVID-19 symptoms or have significantly improved,

    2. They remain fever-free for 24 consecutive hours prior to leaving isolation without the use of any fever-reducing medication, and

    3. They wear a well-fitting mask whenever around people on days 6-10 of isolation.

** = Isolation will be extended for an additional 5 days if criteria #1 and #2 are not met.

You may find additional guidance on isolation on the CDC's website.


For employees who are EXPOSED TO COVID-19, it is recommended that you:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days,

  • Get tested immediately if symptomatic, or if it has been 5 full days after your last exposure and you do not have symptoms, and

  • Monitor symptoms for 10 full days; test again if symptoms develop. 


Campus Resources and Information

  • COVID-19 Testing

The federal COVID-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023. As such, beginning May 12, 2023, the State Health Plan covers testing for COVID-19 as follows:

    • Diagnostic tests. Commonly known as COVID-19 PCR test or simply PCR, the State Health Plan covers this test under normal Plan provisions, and tests are subject to member cost share.

    • At-home tests. The State Health Plan does not cover at-home, over-the-counter tests.

    • Return to work/school tests. The State Health Plan does not cover testing for this purpose.


  • COVID-19 Vaccines

    • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe infection.  Employees can visit the SCDHEC Vax Locator or to locate vaccine options within the local community and throughout South Carolina.