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University reports new clusters at Morrison and Zeta Psi as students move out

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Two new COVID-19 clusters were reported by an Alert Carolina message Wednesday — one at Morrison Residence Hall and one at Zeta Psi fraternity house.

Zeta Psi, located at 200 W. Cameron Ave, was cited on Aug. 8 for loud partying and a mass gathering violation, as students continued to move out of their on-campus housing. Its cluster is the second reported at an off-campus fraternity house, following one at Sigma Nu fraternity on Saturday. 

These are the fifth and sixth clusters reported by the University since UNC reopened for in-person classes. Other clusters, defined as five or more cases in close proximity, occurred in Hinton James residence hall, among other locations. 

The University announced a switch to remote learning for undergraduate courses on Monday, after just one week of in-person classes. At that point, UNC had reported 135 new cases for the week as the positivity rate increased from 2.8 percent to 13.6 percent. 

Campus Housing emailed students on Tuesday night, asking that they make plans over the next week to move out of their on-campus housing unless they are unable to do so. The University will have a formal review process for students who need to remain, the email said, and students moving out should take everything with them. 

Remote classes began Wednesday, and students have already begun to move off-campus. The housing email said students could schedule their move-out time in three-hour appointments and must obey masking and social distancing requirements while moving out. The email said to invite as few people as possible to help move out, and no more than two. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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