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Our church offices are closed through Friday, April 3 as all of the staff has been told to work from home under self-quarantine. You can find their contact information in the Staff Directory.

Known Positive Tests

  • Steve Wood – Bishop, Diocese of the Carolinas, and Rector, St. Andrew’s Church
  • Anthony Kowbeidu – Associate Rector, St. Andrew’s Mt Pleasant
    update March 23: DHEC determined Anthony was no longer infectious and released him from home isolation.
  • Randy Forrester – Associate Rector, St. Andrew’s Mt Pleasant
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Where Have They Have Been?

We believe the staff listed below was exposed to the virus on the following dates. If you had contact with them after these dates, you may have been exposed. Below that are the dates when they were present at church events.

  • Steve Wood – presumed date of exposure – March 6
  • Anthony Kowbeidu – presumed date of exposure – March 6
  • Randy Forrester – presumed exposure – March 6

Steve Wood

  • March 8 – Historic Church – 7:45, 9, & 10:45 am services
  • March 10 – Visitation for Robert Donaldson Family – Stuhr’s Funeral Chapel, Mt Pleasant
  • March 11 – Robert Donaldson Funeral – Historic Church (There was no communion at this service.)

Anthony Kowbeidu

  • March 8 – Historic Church – 9 & 10:45 am services
  • March 10 – Visitation for Robert Donaldson Family – Stuhr’s Funeral Chapel, Mt Pleasant
  • March 11 – Robert Donaldson Funeral – Historic Church (There was no communion at this service.)
  • March 15 – Historic Church – 7:45, 9, & 10:45 am services
  • March 23 – DHEC determined Anthony was no longer infectious and released him from home isolation.

Randy Forrester

  • March 8 – Services at Mt Pleasant Academy – 9 & 10:45 am
  • March 10 – Lecture at the Ridley Institute

Have You Been Exposed?

We will update this information as it becomes available.

We have received several inquiries about what to do now and the bottom line is the church is not a medical facility and we cannot dispense advice. However, we’ve done some research and we can answer a few questions.

Q. Have I Been Exposed?
We don’t have a definitive answer for you. Everybody’s interactions with our clergy are as different as the individuals concerned. If you received communion from one of our clergy after their exposure date (see dates above) and before they are released from isolation, then you have been exposed and should self-quarantine as directed.

Beyond taking communion from somebody who has tested positive, to determine if you’ve been exposed and to see the latest recommendations for quarantine, please check authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov).

Q. Should I be tested?

If you have been exposed and have symptoms then you should be tested. People without symptoms should self-monitor for 14 days after exposure. The CDC website lists the symptoms associated with COVID-19 as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Dr. Edward O’Bryan, St. Andrew’s parishioner and Telemedicine Director for MUSC’s Emergency Department and TeleHealth Department told us this, “Anyone with exposure and symptoms can use www.MUSC.care for free to see if they need testing. Just use the promo-code COVID19 at the payment screen. When asked, note your exposure and your symptoms. People without symptoms should self monitor for 14 days and do not qualify for testing until they have symptoms. If testing is indicated, you will be directed to the MUSC drive through testing center in the Citadel Mall parking lot.” (Roper St Francis offers similar services.)

Helpful Websites

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Medical University of South Carolina

Roper St. Francis

Both MUSC and RSF are offering free COVID-19 virtual screening.