What is the College of Charleston doing in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

By | March 26, 2020

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. 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 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.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

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.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester.