CCU publishes known cases of COVID-19 on campus, 9 new this week | Covid-19 coverage
Coastal Carolina University has recorded 63 positive cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff since June 8, with six positive students and three positive employees between August 12 and August 19.
“We are doing our best to keep this campus open,” President David DeCenzo told the Horry County Higher Education Commission (HCHEC) on Thursday.
The university publishes a weekly tally of positive cases on its website which is published every Friday morning, with a cutoff point for data every Wednesday preceding it.
Officials include an on-site disclaimer with the numbers, stating that the cumulative numbers “reflect the combined totals of all CCU symptomatic test results, results of regular student athlete monitoring tests as directed. of the NCAA and the positive test results reported by students and employees. ”
“The CCU may not be aware of all the tests taken by CCU employees or students,” the website says.
University officials say symptomatic testing is done through the school’s student health services.
In their coastal return plan videos posted on their website to help students prepare for their return to school, officials said CDC guidelines only suggest symptom-based testing.
If students are showing symptoms, they are encouraged to call student health services, according to Carissa Medeiros, director of emergency management, where they will receive a survey and ask them to make an appointment for a test as needed.
“Students will be able to have access to the tests on campus, where they will not have to pay any fees,” Medeiros said in the video.
Caesar Ross, director of student health services, said in the same video that it will be point-of-care testing, which means students will receive their COVID-19 test results within 30 minutes or so. when they leave the health center.
Tristan Wyatt, a graduate business administration student at CCU in Landis, North Carolina, said he appreciated the school’s safety precautions, but said it takes the mood away.
“From my personal perspective, I have walked around campus and feel overwhelmed by the campus experience due to the changes from COVID-19,” Wyatt said, noting that the number of cases at CCU n It’s “nothing” compared to another school in North Carolina where students were forced to return home after just two weeks on campus.
Wyatt said he’s worried about how the semester will go eventually.
“My question for the University is when do we turn to another avenue for student safety? I took my classes on the live streaming option due to the fear of some exposure to the virus. I know the university will take the appropriate action, but I’m just concerned about how it will be for long-term students, ”Wyatt said.
DeCenzo said they were doing their best.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure our students heed the advice of the medical community to prevent this virus from taking over this campus,” DeCenzo said, noting that they are trying to keep students aware of the fact that they have to do it. their part.
The CCU recently got up to 100 off-campus beds in case a student in a residence tests positive for COVID-19, until December 14, 2020.
If students reside in one room, they are allowed to isolate themselves there, officials said, but if not, they will have access to one of the rooms off campus.
The cost of securing these beds would come from the university’s housing fund, but the final costs are not yet known, officials said last week.
CCU Dean Dr Dan Ennis told HCHEC on Thursday that final enrollment numbers will be around September 8, once in-person classes begin, but he’s confident they’ve budgeted appropriately. the estimated deficit of 10 to 15% of students due to the virus. .