Last updated 9/25/2020, 1:57 p.m.

Francis Marion University continues to developments related to the spread of COVID-19, its treatment, and prevention. This includes monitoring case numbers and other data in the state, in our community, and on our campus. The University uses data from reputable medical and scientific sources to  help inform decisions and to develop new strategies as conditions dictate. Information is updated every Monday and Thursday.


Current Cases





Percent of Campus Community


Isolation Status

Students isolated on campus: 0

Students isolated off campus: 6

FMU Cumulative Cases


Current cases are positive COVID-19 cases reported to FMU within the past two-weeks. Cases may be self-reported by individuals affected, or reported to FMU through SCDHEC. Cumulative represents all positive cases reported to FMU from March 25 through the most recent update. Students who test positive are placed into isolation, either on campus or at home.

COVID-19 in the Community

*The figures in this chart are reported to Francis Marion University by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and represent the daily totals from the 8-county Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.

COVID-19 in South Carolina

R(0) (sometimes called R(t)) is used to by epidemiologists worldwide to define the potential for spread of COVID-19, and other diseases at a specific time. If Rt > 1, the virus will spread out and the disease will become an epidemic; if Rt = 1, the virus will spread locally and the disease is endemic; if Rt < 1, the virus will stop spreading and the disease will disappear eventually.

The R(0) or R(t) number is derived from a mathematical model as opposed to a specific measurement.

The effective reproduction number (R(0) or R(t)) characterizes the COVID-19 spread rate. It models the average number of secondary infectious cases produced by a primary infectious case.

The R(t) shown here, and the associated modeling, was developed by Xihong Lin’s Group in the Department of Biostatistics at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. More at: The directional arrow shows directional trend  in R(t) value (increasing or decreasing) since last report.


COVID-19 Response Office

FMU’s new COVID-19 Response Office was created to provide members of the FMU community with information and resources related to the University’s response to the pandemic. The office will coordinate FMU’s contact tracing procedures, and monitoring.

FMU Student Health Office

FMU’s Student Health Center provides a front-line healthcare resource for the FMU community. It’s manned Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by qualified medical practitioners who can provide immediate aid or referrals for a variety of problems.The Student Health Center is located in Room 217 on the second floor of the Smith University Center on FMU’s Main Campus. Contact the office by telephone at 843-661-4665 or by email at


Students will be using the HealthChampion mobile app to answer a few brief questions each morning to provide a snapshot of how they are feeling. The app is available in both the App Store and Google Play. The assessment will take less than a minute to complete each day and results from the assessments will be monitored by the COVID-19 Response Office staff, who will communicate with those students whose symptoms indicate a need for follow-up.

Click here  for a detailed guide on app installation and use.

The University Center on a sunny day.

COVID-19 Response Office

COVID-19 Response Office

Office: University Center, Suite 205
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Phone: 843-661-4665

Community Testing at FMU

MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center is partnering with Francis Marion University to operate a COVID-19 community testing site on the FMU campus, every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon. The drive-through testing site is open to the entire community, as well as to FMU students, faculty, and staff.

The testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Griffin Athletic Complex by MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center, and South Carolina National Guard personnel. The tests are free through the State of South Carolina. However, federal regulations require that individuals wishing to be tested bring a health insurance card with them if they have one. More information at:

FMU Reopening Plan

FMU re-opened its campuses in August with a variety of new procedures and protocols in place. Read the comprehensive Fall 2020 Re-opening Plan Here.

Swampfox Alerts

Francis Marion University’s SwampFox Alerts system provides the University with a fast and efficient means for notifying the FMU community — students, faculty and staff — when campus emergencies occur. The alert system can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It sends messages via text, email, social media, on campus message boards, and to University-owned computers.

Depending upon the nature of an emergency, the system may send users multiple messages, adding updated information as it becomes available. SwampFox Alerts are used for public safety emergencies and for official university information such as closings. It is only used in the case of an emergency.

Click the link below to find out more about FMU’s SwampFox Alerts system.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) directs institutions receiving funds under the Act to submit reports describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). FMU’s reports can be accessed below.