COVID-19 Update from the President
As we rapidly approach the end of January, we are seeing campus COVID numbers hold steady. Should we see a decline into February, we can begin ramping up the number and type of social gatherings on campus, imitating what we did in the fall. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for your continued diligence in following best practices. This includes wearing your mask and maintaining safe physical distancing on and off campus—whether it’s the classroom or office, chow hall, gym, the new student lounge, church, or store. Stay BUCSAFE and let’s keep it up as we make our way to the 1st of May!
Here are our numbers as of January 26, 2021:
- TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN ISOLATION: 24
Of these 24 students, 20 are confirmed positive.
Of these 24 students, 2 reside on campus, 22 reside off campus.
- TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE: 37
Of these 37 students, 11 reside on campus, 26 reside off campus.
- TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN ISOLATION: 5 (5 confirmed positive)
- TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN QUARANTINE: 9
As a reminder, ISOLATION is reserved for actively symptomatic or known positive cases, and QUARANTINE is reserved for those who have been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive or who has symptoms. People in QUARANTINE are NOT ill – we are simply watching them to ensure they do not become symptomatic.
Though some faculty, staff, and students have been given the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine, please take note that this does not eliminate the need to wear a mask at this time. Until enough of the community receives immunization, we’ll continue to practice mask-wearing on campus to protect those who do not yet have immunity. For information on vaccines, masks, and other COVID resources, click here.
Fetter Health Care Network offers our entire campus family a convenient, vital health resource on our own turf. The mobile clinic is at the Russell Horseshoe each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (That’s today!) To schedule an appointment with Fetter’s off-campus locations, call 843-709-5989. Note that rapid COVID testing is available on site every Wednesday, but will require an appointment.
SCDHEC and MAKO Medical continues to operate a COVID-19 testing site in the stadium parking lot, offering testing via PCR (polymerase chain reaction) at no cost. While this is a convenient resource for our faculty, staff, and students (especially those affected by quarantine), please continue to reach out to Professor Laurel Glover if you’re experiencing symptoms, have been exposed to the virus, or otherwise find it necessary to pursue testing.
Remember, you can always reach out to the University Pandemic Task Force with questions or concerns. You can contact them directly by emailing email@example.com. This email address is monitored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Any emails received after 5 p.m. on Friday will be addressed on Monday.
Stay safe, stay focused, stay healthy, and stay faithful to the Lord and His provision as we work together to continue enjoying a healthy CSU! As always, let’s spread the Word, not the virus.