Vaccine Distribution for Campus Members

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has approved Lander University to act as a COVID-19 vaccination POD (point of dispensing) for members of the campus community. This means that Lander will be able to provide all full-time and part-time/adjunct faculty, staff and students with free, convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine, if they wish to receive it, once it becomes available. University officials are working closely with DHEC to finalize details of the POD’s operation and distribution processes, and those plans will be announced as they are finalized.

Currently, South Carolina is in Phase 1A of its vaccine distribution. Phase 1B, which includes higher education employees, is expected to begin March 8. Until the University's POD is activated, campus members eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B may contact their healthcare provider to schedule a vaccination appointment. To find vaccination locations, see DHEC's Vaccine Locator.

The vaccine will become available for students in later phases, with the majority of students eligible by Phase 2, expected sometime this summer.

You can find more information about South Carolina’s vaccine flow here.

 

Contact Tracing

Positive cases reported to the University will be tracked by a case investigator from Student Health Services. As part of the contact tracing, the case investigator will identify and notify close campus contacts (faculty, staff or students) via email or phone of their possible exposure. The case investigator will also provide guidance regarding quarantine or isolation in accordance with current CDC and DHEC protocols.

Please keep in mind that federal health privacy laws prohibit Lander from releasing any identifying information that could compromise the health privacy of students and employees. DHEC provides regular updates about cases across South Carolina, including Greenwood County, and the agency will determine what information can be released publicly regarding positive cases.

If you have concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19, or if you develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider, or Student Health Services at 864-388-8885, for guidance. It is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services or your supervisor if you:

  • Experience symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; and/or
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed positive.

Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID are allowed to test out of quarantine. For information on quarantine guidelines, contact Health Services at 864-388-8885.

There are two categories of pending tests:

  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested as part of surveillance (without symptoms or known exposure) do not have to quarantine while their test is pending.  
  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested diagnostically (with symptoms and/or known exposure) must quarantine while their test is pending.

 

Community Testing Events

For the convenience of our campus community members, Lander is partnering with Self Regional Healthcare to coordinate community testing events on campus.

These screening testing events are voluntary, and open to all students, faculty and staff, including part-time students and part-time/adjunct employees, at no out-of-pocket expense.

Upcoming Testing Event Information:

  • Date: Wednesday, March 10, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Front lawn fountain area. Walk-up or drive-up appointments available.
  • Pre-registration is required. To sign up, please call Self Regional at 864-725-8200.
  • Insurance will be billed, but there is no out-of-pocket cost for testing, and those seeking tests will not be turned away if they are uninsured.
  • The testing will be done via nasal swab, with results expected within 4-5 days. Please note: If you have no symptoms and are testing simply as a precautionary screening, you will not need to isolate while awaiting your results.

These screening test events are not intended to replace diagnostic testing for students, faculty or staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are ill, you should immediately contact Student Health Services at (864) 388-8885 for guidance on testing, isolation and quarantine. Remember to report all potential COVID-19 close-contact exposures, pending tests, and test results to the Student Health Services case investigator at (864) 388-8907.

You may find additional community testing events in Greenwood County here, as well as on DHEC’s website.

 

Self-Screening and Reporting Guidelines

If you tested positive for COVID-19 during the winter break or if you received the vaccine for COVID-19, please contact Health Services at 864-388-8885 or email the university’s contact tracer, Miranda Willard-Pridemore, at mwillardpridemore@lander.edu. This information will allow us to accurately reflect the infection and recovery rate for our university community. 

Use the following questions as a self-screening tool prior to returning to campus:

  • Are you or someone in your household currently being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results?
  • Have you been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
  • Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • Do you or have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher within the last 48 hours?

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, even if you feel it is related to another cause, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 864-388-8885. Please do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Student Health Services and meet the CDC recommended guidelines for resuming regular activity.

These questions can also be used as a daily health screening tool. Remember, at any time this semester, it is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services if you experience symptoms of COVID-19; if you have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; or if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

How to Report

Please report all potential COVID19 close contact exposures, pending COVID19 tests, and COVID19 test results to health services. 

During normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm, please call the Wellness Center at 864-388-8885, or the Case Investigator at 864-388-8907, to report COVID19 test results or close contact exposure.  During this time you will be interviewed by a case investigator who will provide you with quarantine or isolation guidance, and send appropriate notification to your faculty regarding inevitable absences.

If you are reporting COVID19 close contact exposure of positive test results after hours, any weekday after 5:00pm, or on the weekends and holidays, please follow the steps below:

  • Call 864-388-8907 to reach the voicemail of a case investigator 
  • Follow the directions detailed in the recorded message on the Case Investigator’s line
  • Leave a clear, detailed, message with your full name, birth date, reason for calling, and a good phone number to reach you at

A case investigator will return your message, perform a contact tracing interview, and send appropriate notifications on the following business day.

 

Protocol For Students

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, or is a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, the following protocols will be used:

  • Move Off Campus: Residential students will be required to move off campus for the CDC-recommended period of isolation or quarantine. This includes the option of moving home. In addition to providing a more comfortable environment, this allows students to have access to their primary care physicians, should they need additional medical evaluation or treatment.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Designated Room: If moving off campus is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, residential students may file an appeal to request that their quarantine or isolation period occur in a designated space. Appeals may be filed through the Office of Student Affairs. All appeal decisions are final.
    • If a student is granted permission to isolate or quarantine on campus or in areas that may be otherwise available, they will be required to remain in the designated space until being cleared to resume regular activity. Those students will not be permitted to have visitors or leave the designated space for any purpose other than attending a physician visit or receiving emergency medical care. Students will have access to support services during their period of isolation/quarantine. This includes meal delivery and twice-daily check-ins with University nurses or staff, who will ensure those students’ needs are being met and that no higher level of medical care is needed.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Off-Campus Residence: Commuting students who reside in off-campus housing may isolate or quarantine in their off-campus residence. Student Health Services will advise them of the date they can return to campus for classes and activities, and they will have access to daily virtual check-ins with University nurses or staff to assess their needs and ensure no higher level of medical care is needed.

Through Lander University’s partnership with Self Regional Healthcare and the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, Lander students will have access to physician care services, if needed. The University can also supply free, over-the-counter medications (as appropriate) for students who are experiencing symptoms.

Lander University Police will be notified of students’ quarantine or isolation location for safety purposes. Students who violate university quarantine or isolation policies may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Lander’s Student Code of Conduct.

  

Protocol For Employees

Faculty and staff will be asked to quarantine or isolate off campus if they test positive or become exposed to COVID-19. Employees who are advised to quarantine or isolate will be provided with a date when they are eligible to return to campus, based on the latest guidance from the CDC and DHEC.