2020 Coronavirus Outbreak

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The bartender with a mask on talks to a customer at Might As Well Bar & Grill on West Franklin Street on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Might As Well is one of the several bars in Chapel Hill re-opening with some changes during this phase of COVID-19 recovery.

Orange County officials aim to quell late-night crowds with new order

If you want a late-night bite in Chapel Hill these days, you'll need to make it at home or order it to go. In response to concerns from residents, University officials and local law enforcement regarding crowds at local restaurants, Orange County restaurants have been prohibited from serving dine-in alcohol or food orders after 10 p.m, as per a declaration added to the county's state of emergency order.


Screenshot from the virtually held Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity meeting regarding UNC's fall reopening on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Commission on equity calls for accountability and transparency for fall reentry

The Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity held its second full meeting Thursday, during which community members shared a number of concerns regarding the fall return to campus. The commission passed on a series of recommendations to University leaders on Saturday regarding UNC's reentry plan, focused on equity and transparency measures.


UNC System workers march across campus towards South Building on Friday, July 17, 2020 to protest the university’s approach to reopening.

'Safe jobs save lives': University faculty and staff demand safer conditions for fall

With less than a month before classes are set to begin, UNC System workers have concerns and questions left unanswered.  The North Carolina Public Service Workers Union (UE Local 150) and the American Association of University Professors held a town hall on Thursday to address these concerns and lay out demands for a safer return to campus. The town hall was followed by a “Day of Action” on Friday, where campus workers shared their demands through a march on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. 


Maya Tadross stands outside Koury Residence Hall. Photo courtesy of Tadross.

'These are our lives on the line': Immunocompromised students consider fall return to UNC

According to the CDC, people of any age with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity or moderate-to-severe asthma, as well as people who are immunocompromised, may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  For many UNC students with pre-existing medical conditions, the decision to return to the University in August is quickly turning into a matter of life and death.