8/20/2020 9:25am

Schools across North Carolina, including NC State, ECU and UNC-Charlotte in addition to UNC-Chapel Hill are publishing their university's COVID-19 data in various formats.

UNC reported 135 new COVID-19 cases. Here's what's happening at UNC System schools

UNC-Chapel Hill reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 one week after the first day of classes and pivoted to remote instruction. But other schools in the UNC System are staying the course. Here's the COVID-19 situation at some other schools in the UNC System. East Carolina University reported 29 new positive tests last week.  North Carolina State University reported 28 new daily cases as of Aug. 18.  The Orange County coronavirus data show 1,562 total COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths since mid-March. 

8/18/2020 10:05pm

First year Miranda Darwin and her mother Stacy Darwin load a cart into their car while Sam Darwin watches. Miranda, who previously had four in person classes before the switch to online classes was announced, moved out of Hinton James Residence Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

On-campus students ask 'what happens next' to Carolina Housing

Two weeks after move-in began, students must now decide how to move forward with their on-campus housing after the University announced undergraduate classes would shift to being fully remote. Tuesday evening, Carolina Housing informed residents that they should make plans to return to their "permanent home" for the fall semester and cancel their housing contract within the next week. The University will use a review process for students who have to remain on campus. Undergraduate Student Government Affordability Committee Co-Chairs Ekta Deshmukh and Collyn Smith sent a letter to Carolina Housing and the UNC administration Tuesday that included a list of demands for students and employees amidst the shift to remote learning. 

8/17/2020 4:09pm

DTH Photo Illustration. With many of UNC's classes being moved online, students adjust to the new class format. 

All undergraduate courses to be delivered remotely starting Wednesday

All undergraduate courses are shifting to remote learning effective Wednesday, UNC announced in an email Monday.  Since Friday, the University has confirmed four clusters of COVID-19, at Ehringhaus Residence Hall, Hinton James Residence Hall, Granville Towers and the off-campus fraternity house Sigma Nu. Graduate, professional and health affairs schools will continue to teach courses as they are or as directed by individual schools.  The University is also continuing its efforts to de-densify on-campus housing.

8/17/2020 3:44pm

DTH Photo Illustration depicting a nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing.

UNC reports 135 new cases of COVID-19, only four rooms are left in its quarantine dorm

UNC confirmed 135 new cases of COVID-19 between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, 130 students and five employees. As of Monday there are 324 total cumulative positive cases of COVID-19 since February 2020. UNC's total positivity rate was 13.6 percent last week. UNC’s total positivity rate on the dashboard since February 2020 increased from 8.9 percent last week to 10.6 percent on Monday.  The University's campus quarantine dorm has 5.5 percent capacity available — four rooms left out of 73 — for students who are identified to be close contacts of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, as of Monday at 3 p.m. according to UNC's COVID-19 dashboard. 

8/16/2020 9:56pm

DTH Photo Illustration.  An Alert Carolina message sent on Saturday, March 21, 2020 confirmed  multiple members of the UNC community have tested positive for COVID-19.

Breaking down UNC's COVID-19 dashboard

UNC has seen 189 COVID-19 cases since February, as of Friday — the last time the dashboard was updated. The dashboard provides information on active Covid-19 cases, positive-case percentages, and additional data on UNC's isolation and quarantine dorms. Provost Bob Blouin said the UNC dashboard will guide University leadership in their off-ramp considerations in partnership with the UNC System Board of Governors, which ultimately makes the call on closing a campus. The Roadmap Implementation Team, led by Provost Bob Blouin, is responsible for making decisions about the UNC COVID-19 dashboard. The 11-member team meets daily.

8/16/2020 8:47pm

DTH Photo Illustration. A Bible sits on a rainbow pride flag.  Students are sharing their experiences of discrimination in campus ministry groups across campus anonymously on the new Instagram page “Call in Campus Ministry.”

'Trauma and ostracization': Students 'call in' Christian groups for discrimination

After Zach Ripberger shared his story of discrimination and homophobia on social media, dozens of other UNC students and graduates came forward to 'call in' campus ministry.  "It got to the point that every time I was doing something with Young Life, I would just look around and I knew that my full identity, my whole identity was not accepted or even affirmed in that space," Ripberger said. Ripberger said he hopes these calls do not detract people from their faith, but rather make faith communities more inclusive.