[image-1] The College of Charleston will conduct all in-person classes online this Thursday amid concern over the impact of coronavirus in South Carolina. According to a statement Tuesday by President Andrew Hsu, the move is precautionary in order to test the College’s instructional protocols and technology systems.

“While I hope that this does not become a reality for our institution, it is imperative that we plan for this possibility, and this one-day test will help us to do so,” Hsu says.

No COVID-19 cases have been reported in the CofC campus community.

All student services, including residence halls, dining halls, and the library, will remain on normal operating schedules. Some in-person classes will not be held online due to scheduled exams, lab work, and field work. All staff will report for a regular workday and all campus events and activities will take place like normal.

CofC is currently working on a website with resources for remote classes. More information on the site will be sent today.

There have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in S.C. since March 6, including one woman in Charleston County, according to DHEC. Fourteen patients are currently being monitored and five people are presumed to have tested positive — patients who have tested positive in local lab evaluations but for whom CDC results are pending.