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Thursday December 2nd

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


University reports new clusters at Morrison and Zeta Psi as students move out

Two new COVID-19 clusters were reported by an Alert Carolina message Wednesday — one at Morrison Residence Hall and one at Zeta Psi fraternity house. Zeta Psi was cited on Aug. 8 for loud partying and a mass gathering violation. These are the fifth and sixth clusters reported by the University since UNC reopened for in-person classes. Campus Housing emailed students on Tuesday night, asking that they make plans over the next week to move out of their on-campus housing unless they are unable to do so.

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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. 

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UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Ryan Burnett tees off at the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Burnett placed third with an even-par 72, his second third-place finish at the invitational.

'Just the way it is': UNC golfers adjusting after canceled team play

“It's just the nature of my sport,” senior Ryan Gerard said. “We don't generate TV revenue, except for maybe one tournament in the spring, where we make a little bit. But it's not like actually generating money; we’re still losing money. Like a lot of college sports, it’s just the way it is. People don't want to watch them as much as they'd rather watch the professional one.”

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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. 

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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.

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UNC field hockey players stand as the starting lineup is announced during the NCAA Championship Game at Kentner Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. UNC won 6-1, marking their 8th national championship.

NCAA cancels Division I fall championships, football still allowed to play

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Thursday evening that the NCAA is canceling all 2020 Division I fall championships. This announcement comes eight days after the Division II Presidents Council and Division III Presidents Council each canceled their respective fall championships. The NCAA will attempt to have the championships in the spring. Fall sports teams will still be allowed to participate in a regular season schedule, but they will not have a chance to win a national title.

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