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COVID-19 Medical Guidance: Sick? Exposed?

Close Contact Guidance

If you had contact with someone who has COVID-19, you have likely been exposed to the virus. Visit our quick reference guide for your safety and that of others.

If you are sick:

  • Remain home.
  • Complete the University’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment on the my.clemson app or online. If the results are to contact your healthcare provider, proceed with this checklist.
  • Call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider:
    • Students contact Redfern Health Center at 864-656-3571
    • Employees contact the Joseph F. Sullivan Center at 864-986-1218
  • Notify the University.
    • Students:
      • Contact Redfern Health Center at 864-656-3571
    • Employees:
      • Contact the Joseph F. Sullivan Center at 864-986-1218
      • Contact your supervisor
        • Employees provide your supervisor details regarding University-owned buildings and rooms you have occupied the two days prior to experiencing symptoms, or the two days prior to your test date.
        • Supervisors notify Occupational and Environmental Safety of the affected buildings and rooms at 864-656-0341.
  • Departments and units managing the areas should follow general cleaning and disinfecting guidelines from Clemson Occupational & Environmental Safety.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate at home immediately and avoid contact with others.
  • Follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider.
  • Notify the University.
    • Students:
      • Notify Redfern Health Center by sending a secure message to the nurse via MyHealth-e or by calling 864-656-3571. Because Redfern is experiencing a larger than normal call volume, we ask the callers remain patient or use MyHealth-e to report your illness to a nurse.
    • Employees:
      • Contact the Joseph F. Sullivan Center at 864-986-1218. Because the Sullivan Center is experiencing a larger than normal call volume, we ask the callers remain patient.
      • Contact your supervisor
        • Employees provide your supervisor details regarding University-owned buildings and rooms you have occupied the two days prior to experiencing symptoms, or the two days prior to your test date.
        • Supervisors notify Occupational and Environmental Safety of the affected buildings and rooms at 864-656-0341.
    • Contractors and visitors:
      • Notify your University point of contact
        • Contractors and Visitors provide your University point of contact details regarding University-owned buildings and rooms you have occupied the two days prior to experiencing symptoms, or the two days prior to your test date.
        • University point of contact notify Occupational and Environmental Safety of the affected buildings and rooms at 864-656-0341.
  • Departments and units managing the areas should follow general cleaning and disinfecting guidelines from Clemson Occupational & Environmental Safety.

If you have been tested and are awaiting results:

  • Follow the instructions of your health care provider.
  • Avoid others while awaiting results.

If you think you may have been exposed:

  • If possible, find out if the individual has tested positive or not.
  • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms and check your temperature twice daily.
  • Self-isolate the recommended 14 days after exposure, whether the person you have had contact with tests positive or negative. This 14-day quarantine includes avoiding trips to grocery stores or pharmacies. Have others deliver supplies to you while avoiding contact with others.
  • Refer to the "If you are sick" section above if you develop symptoms.
  • Special cleaning procedures are not required for exposed but asymptomatic individuals.

If you have been exposed to someone who is exposed:

  • If the individual tests negative, you are not at heightened risk.
  • If that individual tests positive, or develops symptoms within 2 days of contact with you:
    • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms and check your temperature twice daily.
    • Self-isolate the recommended 14 days after exposure, including avoiding trips to grocery stores or pharmacies. Have others deliver supplies to you while avoiding contact with others.
    • Contact your healthcare provider for further advice if you develop symptoms.
    • Special cleaning procedures are not required for exposed but asymptomatic individuals.

Testing Sites

Employees

In collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Clemson will provide multiple days of testing availability in the parking lot at NewSpring Church just west of main campus. In an effort to coordinate the large number of tests to be administered, employees will be asked to sign up for a testing window within five days of their required return to campus.

The NewSpring testing dates are as follows and all times are 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (times and dates subject to change):

  • Aug. 10, 11, 12
  • Aug. 17, 18, 19
  • Aug. 24, 25, 26
  • Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
  • Sept. 7, 8, 9
  • Sept. 14, 15, 16

In addition, MUSC has expanded mobile testing locations around the state, and an updated list of those locations is available HERE.

Students

In conjunction with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Clemson will provide PCR nasal testing for students at a near-campus location. However, students are encouraged to be tested at a location that will allow them to submit results to Clemson prior to their arrival. Students living off campus are not required to obtain a test prior to returning to campus. Approximately 600 off-campus students will be randomly selected for testing each week for a four-week period beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Clemson will provide PCR nasal testing for students selected through the random sample. Students living off campus who are symptomatic will need to get tested.

Role-Specific Guidance

Supervisors:

    • If an employee is sick, or has tested positive, verify that they have the necessary information for medical consultation and treatment contained in the COVID-19 Employee Guide.
    • Discuss their work activities for the 2-days before they began feeling sick or were tested.
      • List the buildings, rooms, and dates in each space.
      • Notify Occupational and Environmental Safety (OES) at 864-656-0341 of this information to begin the closure and/or cleaning process.
    • Discuss when they may return to work (when Sullivan Center provides documentation of clearance).

Occupational and Environmental Safety:

    • Determine the appropriate closure and/or cleaning process, in coordination with the Principal Investigator for research spaces.
    • Notify the appropriate organizations, and the Building Security Coordinator (BSC) of closure and/or cleaning of the space to start the closure and notification process.
    • Arrange for cleaning, if appropriate.
    • When cleaning has been completed, notify BSC (and PI, if applicable) that the space can be re-opened.

Building Security Coordinators:

    • If directed to do so by OES, close space(s), post signage, and notify all building occupants of the closure and/or cleaning process that has been implemented.
    • Work with OES and University Facilities to coordinate cleaning process, as requested.
    • If directed to do so by OES, open the space(s), remove signage, and notify building occupants that the closure and/or cleaning process has been completed and of the opening of the space(s).

Last updated: Friday, Aug. 7