Chapel Hill, N.C. — Some students astatine the University of North Carolina are successful isolation aft officials sent retired an alert Saturday greeting saying they had identified a clump of COVID-19 successful a residence hall.
At slightest 5 students successful Avery Residence Hall person tested affirmative for COVID.
This is the 2nd confirmed COVID clump connected to UNC truthful acold this semester. Earlier this month, officials announced different clump of cases connected to an lawsuit astatine the schoolhouse of pharmacy. The lawsuit was outdoors, but inactive linked to astatine slightest six students investigating affirmative for COVID. Duke and UNC person already seen vaccinated students trial affirmative for COVID this semester.
The alert comes a specified days aft photos connected societal media showed students lined up to portion retired of the Old Well, sparking interest that the contented could pb to assemblage spread.
The chancellor defended the tradition, saying, "I cognize determination person been immoderate concerns astir definite activities, specified arsenic the archetypal sip astatine the Old Well, Sunset Serenade and diversion events. Let maine beryllium clear: we are consulting with our experts and wellness officials, arsenic good arsenic pursuing authorities and section guidelines, arsenic we marque these decisions."
Earlier this month, assemblage officials determined that unvaccinated students volition beryllium tested doubly weekly. The archetypal request was erstwhile a week.
The assemblage says 87 percent of students study that they person been vaccinated.
In summation to vaccinations and testing, the assemblage is requiring everyone to deterioration masks indoors connected campus.
The individuals successful this clump person been identified and are isolating and receiving aesculapian monitoring. UNC has besides notified the Orange County Health Department and is moving with them to place further imaginable exposures.