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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Dashboard

Members of the University community have legitimate interest in information about the status of COVID-19 in our area. The objective of this reporting is to provide timely surveillance data so that members of the University community can make informed decisions about their behaviors, while being aware of any associated risk. Sources of data displayed in the dashboard include 1) tests conducted through Clemson’s required surveillance testing program, 2) tests obtained clinically at the University’s Medical Centers, and 3) tests uploaded to the University’s COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool. Additional detail on testing is provided in the footnotes. Additional data on COVID-19 wastewater testing and trends in Covid-19 cases at the county, state, and national levels are provided in the links below.

Wastewater Dashboard Public South Carolina Data (SCDHEC) Public National Data (CDC)


  1. During the Spring 2021 semester, weekly testing is mandated for all university students and employees requiring access to Clemson University’s main campus facilities.
  2. The majority of testing is conducted by Clemson’s on campus high-complexity CLIA-certified clinical diagnostics lab using PCR saliva-based tests, with a typical test turnaround time of under 24 hours.
  3. Additional data presented in this dashboard includes COVID-19 test results uploaded by students and university employees prior to return for spring semester, mandatory return-to-residence hall testing for on-campus students, and voluntary testing of students and employees (includes those tested due to symptoms, contract tracing, or other reasons).
  4. The testing category for “Employee” also includes University affiliates and contractors who get tested.
  5. Due to Clemson’s rigorous testing strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, students and employees were tested frequently throughout the Fall semester through multiple laboratories, resulting in several reporting methods to the University and the duplication of some results. 
  6. Before finalizing and archiving the Fall dashboard, the University worked to identify and validate test results to ensure it accurately reflects numbers from June 1, 2020 until December 26, 2020. A total of 19,690 duplicate test results were removed, reducing the overall percent positive from 3.8% to 3.7%.  
  7. Duplicate test results within a one-day period are not included.
  8. As of January 6, 2021, the numbers on the University’s Fall dashboard have been updated to reflect the removal of duplicate test results. 
  9. Results uploaded to the University’s COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool accepted after December 27, 2020 are not included in the numbers for the Fall dashboard.
  10. Weekly surveillance testing was not mandated during Clemson University's spring break (week of March 14th) for individuals who did not access campus facilities during this period.
  11. Surveillance testing was not mandated between June 4, 2021 and August 8, 2021.
  12. Pre-arrival/arrival testing was mandated between August 9 through 17, 2021. 

Note: Clemson's COVID-19 dashboard is posted via the Tableau Public Server hosted by the Tableau Company – a private entity not under the control of Clemson University. Tableau Public Server outages may occasionally cause temporary disruptions in service.