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3.8.21 COVID-19 Update: Carolina Testing Program

UNC student Ariel Lam takes part in COVID-19 testing at the UNC-CH COVID testing location at Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. January 11, 2020. The self test is done with a swab and then sent to the UNC COVID Surveillance Laboratory for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing process to determine if the sample is positive or negative for COVID-19. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

This week the Carolina Together Testing Program will pass an exciting milestone – we will conduct our 100,000th test since we opened two months ago. This is an amazing feat for the faculty, staff and volunteers who created the program and continue to give their time and efforts to make sure the program runs smoothly. It’s also a testament to our community’s willingness to continue to get tested to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This commitment is making a difference – as of today, our overall positivity rate if 0.4% since Jan. 11 and 0.12% in the last week in the Carolina Together Testing Centers.

As we are headed into our second set of Wellness Days, we are sharing our special hours of operations for this weekend and a reminder for your break.

Wellness Days Testing Guidance 

Later this week, our students and faculty will be able to take a break for our second set of Wellness Days. As we stated in our Feb. 8 message, we strongly discourage you from traveling out of the area during any Wellness Days. Each time you travel in and out of a community, you are risking bringing the virus back when you return. If you absolutely must travel, you are expected to test immediately upon your return and then again at least once in the following week.

You should limit your social interactions for that week while continuing to practice the 3Ws — wearing your mask, waiting six feet apart and washing your hands. Remember, a test result is only a snapshot of your status at the moment the test was taken, so it’s important that you test the additional time and limit your interactions after you return even if your re-entry test is negative.

Updated Hours for Wellness Days

Below are the upcoming hours for this week given the Wellness Days. Please note the centers will be closed on Friday to give our student volunteers a day off, but two centers will be open on Sunday for people who may need a re-entry test.

Monday, March 8, through Thursday, March 11 

  • CURRENT – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Rams Head Rec Center – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Student Union – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 12 

  • CURRENT – CLOSED
  • Rams Head Rec Center – CLOSED
  • Student Union – CLOSED

Saturday, March 13 

  • CURRENT – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Rams Head Rec Center – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Student Union – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 14 

  • CURRENT – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Rams Head Rec Center – CLOSED
  • Student Union – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

You can find maps to the parking locations on the Carolina Together website. There are signs for designated spots at the Undergraduate Library lot and at Granville Towers.

Again, thank you to everyone who participating in the Carolina Together Testing Program for helping us reach this important milestone so quickly. Stay vigilant and continue to get tested.

 

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team