Recently, the office of the Chancellor informed Upstate students about a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Bringing the total number of reported cases to 138 this semester.
This news comes after the news of the passing of USC Upstate professor Dr. George Newby, who died after complications with the virus.
Health officials are urging everyone to continue to follow the guidelines set in place by the universities COVID-19 Response Team. Mask wearing and social distancing, both indoors and outdoors are key to keeping yourself and others safe.
Getting a flu shot is also extremely important to protecting your health during these times. According to the CDC, influenza renders your immune system vulnerable to COVID-19 and other sicknesses. Flu shots can be found at many local pharmacies, or you can schedule an appointment by calling the universities Health Services.
Along with these precautions, monitoring yourself for symptoms is extremely important. However, just because you are not experiencing symptoms, does not mean you are in the clear. Even if you are symptom free, it is recommended that you get tested monthly.
Testing is free at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s drive-through location, 1035 N. Church Street. To report a positive test, call the universities Health Services at 864-503-5191.
For more information on COVID-19, and resources on and off campus, visit: https://www.uscupstate.edu/announcements/covid-19-campus-resources/