President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:
Dear Campus Community:
As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.
Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.
Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.
Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.