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What To Do If I Feel Ill?

Feeling ill? Here are some steps to take.

COVID Symptoms

Do not go to class or work if you have a fever of 100.4° or above.

Any student with symptoms of COVID-19, or unvaccinated students who have recently had close contact with a symptomatic person, must remain in their residence and are required contact the Earle Student Health Center for additional guidance (864.522.2000, monitored 24 hours daily).

Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 should initially contact their supervisor and consult medical guidance through PRISMA’s tele-health page or their personal care provider.

Hand Hygiene

Students and employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible. This is especially important after using the restroom, blowing your nose, and interacting with spaces that include frequently touched items such as door handles and desktops. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% isopropyl alcohol may be substituted.

Close Contacts

The ESHC will notify unvaccinated students who have had close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19. A close contact is defined as exposure within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour window, within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or a positive test.

Fully vaccinated individuals or individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days are not considered close contacts.


Students who meet the criteria for an exposure (see above) and who remain symptom free are required to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days from the time of most recent exposure, if they are able to produce a negative COVID test sampled between day 5 and 7 post-exposure. If no such test is produced, the minimum quarantine period will be 10 days.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, must have a plan to quarantine off campus.


Students who are symptomatic for COVID-19 should not go to class or the Dining Hall, immediately shelter in place in their campus housing space and are required to contact the Earle Student Health Center, accessible by phone 24 hours a day to provide guidance, and as appropriate, a medical order for a COVID test.  Symptomatic students shelter in place in their individual residences until test results are returned, typically 24-36 hours.

Per CDC guidance, students in isolation are required to have no contact with other individuals for a period of 10 days from the time of symptom onset or the positive test sample was acquired (e.g., surveillance monitoring), assuming the individual has no fever (< 100.4 F) without taking fever-reducing medications for a minimum of the most recent 24-hour period, and with improving symptoms. Final decision for release from isolation will be determined by the Earle Student Health Center.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, must have a plan to isolate off campus.