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UNC-Chapel Hill: 31% of Students Tested Have COVID—And Probably More

August 25, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill just released its latest COVID-19 testing numbers and it isn’t pretty.

The school reported that 31.3% percent of students tested for coronavirus last week returned positive results. This was after the university announced they shut down campus and transition to remote-only instruction.

There have been 835 cases—784 students and 51 staff members—since February 2020. The vast majority, 646 cases, were reported after the first day of in-person classes.

These numbers only reflect tests that were performed at campus health or self-reported by students and staff. Many student sources have told the INDY that they’re aware of students deferring to local urgent care clinics to be tested, only to use their home address. Those cases aren’t being reported to the university. 

On Monday, the INDY also learned of off-campus cases at The Carolina Inn. A worker at the hotel said there had been at least five cases at the inn, all from students that were staying there due to construction on one of the Granville Towers buildings and the Alpha Phi sorority house.

The Carolina Inn has told its staff that none of their employees had tested positive and that the students “sought medical attention and there are not currently any cases on property.” It is unclear if they have gone back to their hometowns or been sent to isolation housing on campus.

https://indyweek.com/news/orange/unc-carolina-inn-covid-19/

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