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UNC identifies COVID-19 cluster related to Eshelman School of Pharmacy event

Beard Hall of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016.

Beard Hall of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016.

Update Aug. 13, 12:21pm: The Orange County Health Department confirmed that this cluster is linked to an outdoor event. 

UNC identified a COVID-19 cluster Wednesday related to an event at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

The University uses the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services definition of cluster — five or more COVID-19 cases in close proximity or location and/or cases that are epidemiologically linked.

The cluster currently has six active coronavirus cases. All individuals in the cluster are isolating and receiving medical monitoring, according to an announcement from the University. 

UNC has informed the Orange County Health Department and is working with them to identify any additional potential exposures. The cluster announcement comes one day after Orange County reinstated its indoor mask mandate, citing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

According to the University's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been a total of 82 coronavirus cases this month — 54 in students and 28 in employees. As of Wednesday, 83% of UNC students have attested that they have been vaccinated and 71% of faculty and staff have as well, according to UNC.

The last time the University sent a cluster notification was on April 22 at Rams Village Building 3.

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