UNC's Faculty Council met virtually on Friday to discuss updates regarding COVID-19, UNC’s budget and the spring semester outlook.
Chairperson of the faculty Mimi Chapman began the meeting by remembering the lives of two UNC faculty members who passed away in recent months: Randall Kenan and Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote.
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz then presented Ada Adimora, a professor of medicine and public health and national leader in HIV prevention and care, with the Thomas Jefferson Award. He also recognized the recipients of the Hettleman Prize: Professors Mohit Bansal, Andrea Bohlman, Angela Smith and William Sturkey.
Provost Bob Blouin provided a COVID-19 update in which he discussed de-densification efforts, testing plans and changes to UNC’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Blouin said UNC’s top priority of reducing student density on-campus has been achieved, with less than 1,500 students now living in residence halls.
UNC’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has also decreased and aligns with that of the Orange County Health Department, with around 5 percent to 7 percent positive, Blouin said.
He said students still living on-campus are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 weekly and emphasized the importance of those in the UNC community getting a flu vaccine.
As of Friday, Blouin said only one student remained in campus quarantine and one student remained in campus isolation, and they would be vacating soon. He said UNC’s COVID-19 dashboard will now only report tests administered by UNC in its positivity rating metric.