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 are positive?
The positivity rate measures how prevalent COVID-19 is among UNC students and employees. It is calculated by dividing the sum of confirmed cases by the sum of tests, asymptomatic and symptomatic, over seven days. During the week that classes moved online last fall, the rate was 19.3 percent, which meant that nearly 1 in 5 tests were positive.
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 have been administered?
Students who have attested that they are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested. Effective Sept. 15, faculty and staff who have not attested that they are fully vaccinated are required to be tested weekly in the Carolina Together Testing Program. Employees were required to attest their vaccination status by Oct. 1. Effective Oct. 6, students who have not attested that they are fully vaccinated are required to be tested weekly.
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