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3.30.21 COVID-19 Update: Carolina Together Testing Program

Scenes from Polk Place on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 4, 2021. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

We are sharing a few reminders regarding the Carolina Together Testing Program today, including updated hours for the upcoming Wellness Days and holiday weekend. As of this week, our overall positivity rate is 0.32% and just 0.17% in the last week, which is extremely impressive.

Wellness Day Testing 

Later this week we will have our third Wellness Days. As we have stated before, 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.

Testing after the COVID-19 Vaccination 

As North Carolina and many other states continue to open the eligibility for vaccines, we know many of you are getting vaccinated, which is great. We have received questions as to why we are still requiring testing once individuals are vaccinated. We are still learning about how the vaccines prevent the transmission of the virus, so it is important to keep up the comprehensive approach to preventing the spread of the virus even as people are getting vaccinated. Based on the feedback from our medical and public health experts, we will continue the testing requirements for all groups, regardless of their vaccination status through the spring semester.

Also, students, faculty and staff can now self-report that they have been vaccinated on the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Certification Form. We encourage you to fill this out as soon as you receive your vaccine because knowing how many people are vaccinated in our community will help inform our decisions for summer and fall operations.

Updated Hours – March 30-April 5 

Tuesday, March 30, through Thursday, April 1 – Regular hours 

  • CURRENT Art Space – 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, April 2 – Reduced hours 

  • CURRENT Art Space – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Rams Head Rec Center – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Student Union – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 – Regular hours 

  • CURRENT Art Space – 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, April 4, and Monday, April 5 – Closed 

  • CURRENT Art Space – Closed
  • Rams Head Rec Center – Closed
  • Student Union – Closed

We will return to regular hours on Tuesday, April 6.

We hope that you have a restful long weekend. Thank you once again for your commitment to keeping the Carolina community safe.

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team