COVID-19, Residence Life, Student Life

COVID-19 Update from the President

By President Dondi Costin | March 31, 2021

I pray God’s very best to you during this Passion Week. The days approaching Easter are a welcome reminder of the virtuous life, vicarious death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. To think that God Himself become one of us to save us from our sins is a mind-blowing, life-altering reality that never gets old. More than 2,000 years before you were born, Jesus died in your place so that you could spend eternity with Him, starting the moment you realize you are a sinner in need of a Savior, repent of your sins, and become a child of God by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Undoubtedly, Jesus is the (only) “Way and the Truth and the Life,” and “no one comes to the Father except through” Him (John 14:6). 

What a Savior! I join the apostle Paul in echoing these words: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)  And while I’m at it, I thank God for you, too.

Enjoy the long weekend ahead as you take a well-deserved break from your studies. As you reflect on what Christ has done for you, stay BUCSAFE as we make our way to the first of May!

Our Numbers

Here are our numbers as of March 30, 2021: 

  • TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN ISOLATION: 13 
    Of these 13 students, 0 reside on campus, 13 reside off campus, and 6 are confirmed positive.
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE: 8
    Of these 8 students, 1 reside2 on campus, 7 reside off campus. 
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN ISOLATION: 7 (7 confirmed positive)
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN QUARANTINE: 2

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.

Graduation

We are so excited about the in-person graduation events coming up in a few weeks! Remember that a commencement ceremony for August 2019, December 2019, and May 2020 graduates will be held on Friday, April 30th. Our grads from August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 will walk the stage on Saturday, May 1st. Both events will be held at 6 p.m. on CSU’s campus at Buccaneer Field/Whitfield Stadium.

Vaccine Availability

COVID-19 vaccination is now available to anyone over the age of 16 in South Carolina. As a reminder, for those interested in making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, you can do so online at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator or call 1-866-365-8110. Many on our campus have found success in waiting lists at local pharmacies or by continually checking the scheduling websites of providers like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

To learn more about the state’s plan, visit here. For additional information on COVID-19 vaccines, check out scdhec.gov/vaxfacts or charlestonsouthern.edu/bucsafe/resources. Students and faculty members experiencing symptoms in the 24-48 hours immediately following their vaccine should reach out to Prof. Laurel Glover for direction regarding the need for short-term virtual attendance.

Stay #BUCSAFE

Anyone teaching, learning, or working on campus should complete the LiveSafe screening each day. Make it a part of your morning routine before you leave the house—some set a recurring weekday alarm on their phones as a reminder!

Remember, you may reach out to the University Pandemic Task Force at covid19@csuniv.edu with questions or concerns. 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.


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