3/19/2020 9:07pm

Tents located outside of the emergency wing of UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

UNC Hospitals develops COVID-19 testing kits, responds to pandemic

With 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the UNC Hospital System is testing patients for the virus and working to support the medical professionals still on the job.  President of Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Ian Buchanan said clinical microbiology experts at UNC developed their own testing equipment. UNC Health has also formed a COVID-19 response group of health care experts to address the pandemic at the state level.  

3/18/2020 9:56pm

DTH Photo Illustration. Social media applications have increased exponentially in the past decade, with new apps including Instagram, Snapchat, Vine (RIP), and, most recently, TikTok.

'It is uncharted territory': Maintaining mental health during social distancing

As the University and government are encouraging people to distance themselves socially, students look toward alternative resources to protect their mental health during this time. UNC announced Tuesday that residence halls will be closed for students unless they get an exception to stay there, and on Wednesday, the University urged students who live off-campus to go to their permanent addresses if possible. Though social distancing is encouraged to curb the spread of COVID-19, this practice can be distressing for students. Here are some resources suggested by professionals to deal with the isolation and uncertainty. 

3/17/2020 7:30pm

DTH Photo Illustration. The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. 

Coronavirus closures complicate move-out process for many UNC students

The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the academic year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. Though the University initially announced last Wednesday that campus would remain "open and operational" during the remote learning period, the UNC System sent a press release on Tuesday announcing that students must return to their permanent addresses unless granted an exception. The University sent an email later that day, instructing students to move out of their residence halls unless granted a housing waiver. Now, students are dealing with the practical implications of moving out.