COVID-19: What you need to do right now

As we begin the new semester with a new, highly contagious variant of COVID-19, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep yourself and our community safe and our university going strong. Here’s what you need to do.

Get the vaccinations and boosters you’re eligible for, and upload your records to MyHealthSpace.

  • Why it matters: You’re less likely to have severe illness if you’re up-to-date on vaccines and boosters. And If you’re exposed to COVID, you may not have to quarantine if you have proof of a recent booster or vaccination.

Wear a good-fitting mask.

  • Why it matters: Wearing a mask as directed helps keep you and the vulnerable people around you safer and helps UofSC continue to offer in-person classes and other activities.  

Get tested regularly.

  • Why it matters: Testing regularly helps make sure you’re not unknowingly spreading the virus. If you have to miss class because of a COVID-19 diagnosis, you’ll need to provide proof of your test results to be excused and allowed to make up work. 

Follow university directions.

  • Why it matters: Complying with university expectations and directives helps ensure that you remain eligible for university activities and on track to achieve your academic and personal goals.

If you live in campus housing, review your quarantine and isolation plan.

  • Why it matters: With updated guidelines from the CDC and the university, you should check to make sure your Q&I plan is still something you can follow if you need to. Visit the Housing tab at
  • Background: New CDC guidelines mean shorter quarantine and isolation periods for some, but there is extremely limited quarantine and isolation space for on-campus residents that will be used only in exceptional circumstances. 
    • Students who have private bedrooms will be allowed to quarantine in their own rooms. This applies only to students who have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, not those who have tested positive themselves.


For more details and regular updates from the university, visit the university’s COVID-19 page.

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