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Current COVID-19 Guidelines

The university’s mitigation plans have evolved to address the current phase of COVID-19, allowing individuals to take personal responsibility for keeping themselves healthy while being mindful of their role as members of the USC Salkehatchie community.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for students, faculty and staff.  

  • In Allendale, contact April Williams at or 803-812-7435.

  • In Walterboro, contact Jennifer Breland at or 843-782-8600.

.For more information on COVID-19 Testing visit Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere | CDC


People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Possible symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 Prevention

In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, the CDC recommends some prevention actions at all COVID-19 hospital admission levels, which include:

  • Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Improving Ventilation
  • Getting Tested for COVID-19 If Needed
  • Following Recommendations for What to Do If You Have Been Exposed
  • Staying Home If You Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
  • Seeking Treatment If You Have COVID-19 and Are at High Risk of Getting Very Sick
  • Avoiding Contact with People Who Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19


Per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged, but is not required.  

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit Vaccines for COVID-19 | CDC

To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you:

Stay Home When You Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

If you have COVID-19, you can spread it to others, even if you do not have symptoms. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home until you have your results. If you have tested positive (even without symptoms), follow CDC’s isolation recommendations. These recommendations include staying home and away from others for at least 5 days (possibly more, depending on how the virus affects you) and wearing a high-quality mask when indoors around others for a period of time.