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Screening & Testing Information

BJU is committed to providing a healthy and safe campus environment. To help ensure that, new students and visitors will enter campus by going through a screening station. After answering health screening questions, they will have their temperature taken and either be cleared to enter campus or given further medical direction. Returning students will display a green HealthCheck screen.

COVID-19 clinical testing is strongly encouraged for faculty, staff and students before returning to campus.

Self-monitoring

An essential component of keeping our campus safe and healthy is honesty and understanding in regard to personal health. Daily use of a digital self-check tool as a means of gaining access to class and events is necessary. Students, faculty and staff will perform daily health self-monitoring using the Conversa HealthCheck tool connected to Prisma. Each morning, they will take their temperature and answer survey questions about symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.

Students who need a new HealthCheck link should contact Student Health Services. Faculty and staff who need a new HealthCheck link should contact HR.

If students, faculty and staff are cleared to go to class and activities, they will receive a green screen with the day’s date which can be shown when entering class or the office. If they do not receive a green screen, they will be given a phone number to call to determine if a COVID-19 test is needed.

Any student who does not pass this digital self-screening process must contact the Student Health Services Office and will not be admitted to class until cleared. All faculty and staff who do not pass the digital self-screening process must notify Human Resources.

Community Monitoring

BJU will communicate with and provide consultation for those who have been in contact with members of the campus community that have become symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.

The CDC defines contact as being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.

A person who has clinically recovered from COVID-19 and then is identified as a contact of a new case within three months of symptom onset of their most recent illness does not need to be quarantined or retested for COVID-19 unless they become symptomatic.

Students may be asked to undergo random testing as part of the strategy for protecting community health.

Testing

In keeping with guidance from the CDC, S.C. DHEC and the ACHA (American College Health Association), the University is developing plans for efficient COVID-19 testing that will allow for a safe and healthy campus environment. Students with COVID-19 symptoms should contact the Prisma Health BJU Student Medical Access Line at (864) 455-9327. If they instruct you to be tested for COVID-19, please immediately call Student Health Services at (864) 241-1685 during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday) to receive help with your next steps.

Please be aware that Prisma Health is open for testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. If you become ill outside of business hours, contact your residence hall supervisor.

Faculty and staff with symptoms should contact a health care provider or the Prisma Health Hotline at 1-833-BJU-HLTH. If you test positive, please notify Human Resources by emailing [email protected].

Residence Hall Students

Residence hall students who receive a COVID-19 test will need to isolate until the results come back. You can go home or move into the Reveal Student Isolation Residence Hall. The Reveal Student Isolation Residence is equipped to care for students’ academic and personal needs. Students will receive housing, meals, counseling and health checks via virtual doctor visits. The SHS office will facilitate communication with students’ residence hall staff, academic advisors and faculty.

  • If the results come back NEGATIVE, you will return to class and your own room.
  • If the results come back POSITIVE, you may go home or remain in Reveal Student Isolation Residence Hall until you meet the return to class criteria.

Day Students

Day students who receive a COVID-19 test will need to isolate at home until the results come back. Please call or email Student Health Services (864-241-1685, [email protected]) to let us know that you are being tested and in quarantine. We will document that information so that your professors will be aware of your status. Please contact us for further instructions when you get your results back.

  • If the results come back NEGATIVE, you will return to class.
  • If the results come back POSITIVE, you will isolate at home until you meet the return-to-class criteria.

Day students who live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and can isolate from them may return to class:

  • After day 10 without testing (if you remain asymptomatic)
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

Proper protocols to isolate from the positive family member(s) include separate bedroom and bathroom, meal delivery on a tray, and cleaning surfaces used.

If you are unable to self-isolate in the home from the COVID-19 positive individual:

  • If you experience any symptoms, test any time within the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10-day self-isolation period. If your test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your own test date.
  • If you are not experiencing symptoms or if you tested negative with symptoms, test 7 days after the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10 day self-isolation period. If your test is negative, you may return to campus.
  • If you are unwilling to be tested at the end of the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10-day self-isolation period, then you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the last day of any positive COVID-19 individual’s isolation period.

Direct and Indirect Contacts

  • Testing is required after confirmed exposure.
  • If you are a residence hall student and you live with someone (roommate) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, you will be contacted and given instructions for testing and isolation.
  • If you have had close contact (face-to-face conversation without a mask of at least 15 minutes within a distance of less than 6 feet) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you should be tested. Please contact Student Health Services.
  • If you had limited interaction with a COVID-19 positive individual or with someone who had been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, you should continue to wear a mask, take your temperature every day, and use the HealthCheck every day to monitor for symptoms.

Returning to Class

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to class after they meet the following criteria:

  • 10 days have passed since day of test.
  • 20 days have passed since day of test if you have severe to critical illness (that required hospitalization) and/or are severely immunocompromised.
  • 24 hours must have passed since last fever above 100.4F without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.

Exposure After COVID-19 Recovery or Vaccination

For individuals who have recovered after a positive COVID-19 infection (regardless of time of recovery) or who have been fully vaccinated (greater than two weeks after completion of a two dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or single dose of Jenssen vaccine) are not required to test after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

If an individual who meets these criteria becomes symptomatic, they should test for COVID-19.

Random Testing

  • Voluntary random testing will occur throughout the year.
  • For random testing, you do not need to isolate until the results come back.
  • If the test returns positive, contact Student Health Services. You may go home or remain in Reveal Student Isolation Residence Hall until you meet the return to class criteria.

Note:  Prisma Health will report any positive tests to S.C. DHEC. DHEC will perform contact tracing, if needed.

For more information on testing visit the Medical Care Guidelines.

On-Campus Testing

On-campus COVID-19 batch testing is located in Grace Haight. Testing times for asymptomatic patients are 9–10:45 a.m. and 12–3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:50–11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for symptomatic patients. Students must show their student ID before administering the minimally invasive self-administered nasal swab test. Students will receive their test results in 20–30 minutes.

On-campus testing is available for all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Symptomatic students may schedule an on-campus test through Student Health Services, and symptomatic faculty and staff through Human Resources.

If positive, those within the positive batch must return to be retested individually. The positive individual will then be directed to Student Health Services. Individual tests, both positive and negative, are reported to S.C. DHEC.

The final day for on-campus COVID-19 testing for the semester is May 5.

Questions about on-campus testing should be sent to Caleb Woo at [email protected].