Resilience, ingenuity define UofSC's COVID response

VIDEO: Team effort allowed students to return to campus in fall

From the classroom to the research lab to the front lines of testing and tracing, the University of South Carolina community has taken extraordinary steps over the past year to safeguard its students, faculty and staff in the face of COVID-19.

As we mark the one-year point of the pandemic, here’s the final in a three-part video series documenting the resilience, ingenuity and commitment that have guided us through this period.

Spring 2020 was a chaotic time for the whole world, and South Carolina students remember the feelings of uncertainty and fear. Student body President Issy Rushton credits the university’s plan for bringing order to that chaos. During the summer, Rushton met with 100 student leaders to shape the “I Pledge Columbia” campaign and prepare for the students’ arrival. Students returned in August to a quiet, but safe, South Carolina campus. When students who contracted COVID-19 had to be isolated on campus, university students and staff prepared rooms, delivered meals and worked to help the quarantined students feel safe and comfortable. 

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