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COVID-19 tracker: Testing, new cases and positivity rate at UNC

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill waiting in line at the CURRENT Art Space to get tested for COVID-19. Photo taken on Jan. 19, 2021.

The Daily Tar Heel is tracking COVID-19 cases and tests among students and employees using data reported by UNC. University case data comes from Campus Health, the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic and the Carolina Together Testing Program. Not all individuals with COVID-19 are tested, so the tracker does not represent all cases.

If you would like to share your experiences with testing, contact tracing, getting vaccinated or anything related to the University's COVID-19 policies, please contact University Editor Allie Kelly.

How many new cases are reported each day?

UNC reports the number of new student and employee cases of COVID-19 Monday through Friday. That number is typically updated at noon each day. The seven-day average deemphasizes daily fluctuations in confirmed cases. Confirmed cases are detected using PCR tests.

How many tests have been administered?

Students who have attested that they are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested. Students, faculty and staff who have not attested that they are fully vaccinated are required to be tested weekly in the Carolina Together Testing Program. 

The University's testing data comes from tests performed through Campus Health, the Carolina Together Testing Program and campus testing partners with the UNC Hospital Respiratory Diagnostic Center.

How many tests are positive?

The positivity rate measures how prevalent COVID-19 is among UNC students. It is calculated by dividing the number of positive tests conducted at campus testing sites by the sum of campus tests, asymptomatic and symptomatic, over seven days. The seven-day average deemphasizes daily fluctuations in confirmed cases and conducted tests. It does not include positive tests conducted at other sources and reported to the University. 

During the week that classes moved online during fall 2020, the rate from campus testing sites was 19.3 percent, which meant that nearly 1 in 5 tests were positive.


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