UNC Athletics suspends activities until 5 p.m. Aug 20

Due to an upward trend in positive Covid-19 tests on campus, UNC athletics suspended all team activities for a period of 24 hours. The suspension comes just two days after the university announced its decision to move undergraduate classes to fully online, too.

During the stoppage, all athletes will maintain access to academic support, student-athlete development, medical care and nutrition, according to a release from North Carolina.

Last week (Aug. 10-16), UNC saw a spike in positive case rates; a total of 954 students were tested for COVID, with 130 positive responses. That’s a positive case rate of 13.6 percent, which is not good.

The university reported clusters of cases at four different locations, including three residence halls: Ehringhaus, Hinton James and Granville Towers. Another cluster took place at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, which is located off campus.

During the week of Aug. 10-16, five university employees tested positive, too.

One week earlier (Aug. 3-9), 354 students were tested; only 10 tested positive. This translates to a positive case rate of just 2.8 percent.

Move-in dates for students were set Aug. 3-9, by scheduled appointment only. Going back to Feb. 2020, 279 UNC students have tested positive for COVID-19.


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