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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Student Health and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

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Welcome to Student Health

Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality health care to MUSC students, to enhance their health and well-being, so that they may achieve their personal and academic goals.

Pandemic models have projected that COVID-19 infections and related deaths will peak in South Carolina during April and May 2020. To protect the health of students and to sustain a functioning clinic staff to serve MUSC students, Student Health will continue to maintain daily operations remotely and manage health concerns by virtual visits when possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to meet the healthcare needs of MUSC students during these challenging times.

Please make note of the following changes in operations:

1. Scheduling - Student Health has temporarily suspended online scheduling, so please call Student Health (843-792-3664) for any health concerns or questions. Please leave a voicemail stating the concern you wish to have addressed, along with your name and call back number. A member of our staff will return your call within 2 hours during our normal operating clinic hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM). Calls left outside of normal operating clinic hours will be returned the following business day.

2. TB Skin Testing/Routine Immunizations - Student Health has temporarily suspended deadline dates for routine immunizations and TB testing for all current and incoming MUSC students. We do not want to expose our students to unnecessary risk trying to obtain these procedures until it becomes safe to do so. All current MUSC students are to have already met the CDC immunization/TB (2019) guidelines at the time of enrollment, and further annual TB testing is no longer necessary for those with negative baseline TB testing. Unfortunately many affiliated healthcare institutions have not yet adopted the most recent (2019) guidelines and are requiring TB testing in excess of current CDC recommendations. For healthcare institutions that are insistent on additional non-essential TB testing, Student Health will assist students in meeting this request.

Once Student Health resumes TB skin testing, we will place them at no cost to current students (including those who may have already graduated this May 2020). For students who cannot wait until May or after, Student Health can issue a lab request for a TB Blood Assay (Quantiferon Gold TB, T-Spot) which can be drawn at an outside lab. Students with special circumstances and needs can contact Student Health (843) 792-3664 for further assistance.

3. Routine Office Visits - MUSC ambulatory care clinics have suspended routine office visits until COVID-19 activity has decreased to the point where it is safe for patients and medical staff to resume normal operations. Routine conditions include: wellness exams, medication refill visits (birth control pills, acne medications, etc.), follow up of chronic conditions (blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, etc.). Students who are required to have a medical clearance letter by outside clinical healthcare sites can call to schedule a phone visit – students can be provided with a health statement attesting to their state of health and immunization status (but cannot complete forms requiring a physical exam if one has not been done at Student Health in the past year). For health conditions that are stable and being managed by Student Health, phone appointments will be used in lieu of office visits when appropriate. Prescriptions can be refilled until “normal” operating clinic operations resume.

4. Acute Health Conditions - Students with acute conditions (or chronic conditions that have become unstable) needing attention can call Student Health to discuss their condition with a health provider to decide how this can be managed. Student Health will not see walk in visits. Please call to request a healthcare provider contact you to review your condition and address your health concerns.

5. Acute Respiratory InfectionsStudent Health Services will not be evaluating acute respiratory infections or perform respiratory testing (including coronavirus infections (COVID-19). All MUSC Ambulatory Care Clinics have suspended in-office evaluations for respiratory infections and are not performing diagnostic respiratory testing (Influenza, COVID-19, Respiratory Viral Panels, Strep, etc.). Students with acute respiratory infections can access MUSC TeleHealth for treatment recommendations and determination on the necessity of respiratory testing. (musc.care). Patients who are determined to need testing for respiratory pathogens will be provided an appointment for the drive-through MUSC Health respiratory specimen collection site. Notification of appointments for respiratory testing and test results are currently being managed through the Virtual Care platform - Student Health is not part of this process.