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Tuesday September 21st

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


Parents of UNC graduate student and linebacker Chazz Surratt Brandi and Kevin Surratt cheer from the stands of Kenan Memorial Stadium during a game against Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. UNC beat Syracuse 31-6. 

Concerns about COVID-19 linger as Kenan Stadium nears partial reopening

“If everyone wore masks, then we would say the risk of transmission is probably really low, no matter the size of the crowd,” Pettifor said. “But if there's a hole in that chain, depending on the number of positive people in that crowd, the number of people who are unmasked and the number of people who are closer than six feet apart, then our risk starts going up.”

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Trinity Court public housing community remains vacant due to structural damage on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Trinity Court is set for demolition and rebuilding starting in 2022.

Trinity Court public housing remains vacant after 2019 redevelopment announcement

Though Chapel Hill seeks to expand public housing units, it is not accessible to all. The Trinity Court public housing community is set for redevelopment, and has been vacant since 2018 Chapel Hill is working with community partners to alleviate housing insecurity Elizabeth O'nan, a Chapel Hill resident and disability rights activist, said public housing is not always accessible

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A student studies on the quad near Carroll Hall while adhering to social distancing guidelines on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

'New voices': UNC introduces approach to spring semester planning involving students

The University is taking a new approach to planning for the spring semester that includes a new Campus and Community Advisory Committee following an unsuccessful return to in-person classes this fall. Bob Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost, is leading the spring semester planning process. Three advisory groups will work together and report directly to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz regarding a potential return to campus. In reflecting on the fall semester at UNC, Blouin said that the University had success in limiting COVID-19 transmission in areas where it could assert more control over student behavior, such as classrooms, research and other on-campus settings.

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Chapel Ridge Apartments is an off-campus apartment complex where many UNC students live.

Town officials, students concerned about uncertainty of off-campus COVID-19 reporting

Uncertainty regarding the accuracy of off-campus students’ COVID-19 testing and reporting persists. Carrboro Town Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell said she is concerned about the accuracy of off-campus student case reporting. Taylor Steele, a senior at UNC who lives in off-campus apartment complex Chapel Ridge, said she believes there are cases at Chapel Ridge, even though she said she hasn’t received any notification from the apartment complex about testing, reporting or positive cases.  Courtney Schnee, the senior vice president and asset manager at Northwood Ravin, said Northwood Ravin has taken several steps to limit the spread of coronavirus at its Chapel Hill properties, including using hospital-grade sanitizing misters and restricting the capacity of amenities such as the pool.

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