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UNC reports a 31 percent COVID-19 positivity rate for last week

First year Miranda Darwin, her mother Stacy and her father Ray load their car. Miranda, who previously had four in person classes before the switch to online classes was announced, moved out of Hinton James Residence Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

The University reported a 31.3 percent positivity rate of COVID-19 tests last week — more than double the 13.6 percent positivity rate from the first week of class. 

Between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23, UNC reported 1,528 total tests, with 465 positive results. 

UNC also reported 135 new positive cases of COVID-19 from the weekend. 

As of Sunday, there are 144 total reported cases at Granville Towers. There are 280 active leases left at Granville Towers, according to the dashboard update Monday. 

Other dorms with confirmed clusters include: 

  • Ehringhaus Residence Hall with 22 cases
  • Hinton James Residence Hall with 21 cases
  • Carmichael Residence Hall with 10 cases
  • Craige Residence Hall with 10 cases
  • Morrison Residence Hall with seven cases
  • Avery Residence Hall with six cases

As of Monday, the occupancy on-campus is at 15.1 percent — a decrease of 3,575 contracts — and 21.5 percent at Granville Towers — a decrease of 720 leases.

UNC moved all undergraduate courses online on Aug. 17. The following day on Aug. 18, announced students must cancel their housing contracts unless they have an expressed need to stay on-campus. Over 4,000 students left UNC housing last week, with no pause in classes

UNC has paused classes this Monday and Tuesday. 


CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this article cited Granville Towers as having 51 percent of its current residents as testing positive for COVID-19. The totals that made up that percentage were cumulative, not current and individual. The article has been updated to reflect these changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error. 

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