Dear Carolina Community,
We hope that you were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather over the holiday weekend. Today we are sharing the latest testing numbers and a few important items on testing guidance.
Thanks to the efforts of our community, we are three weeks into the fall semester, and our testing numbers are in line with what we projected for community spread in the state and Triangle area. As of today, we have achieved a 92% vaccination rate for students, 96% for faculty and 84% for staff. Last week (Aug. 30- Sept. 5), we collected 7,293 COVID-19 tests at the Carolina Together Testing Center at the Carolina Union, up from 6,563 the week prior. We are happy to report the positivity rate dropped to 1.07%, a decrease from 2.45% the week prior. Symptomatic and close contact testing at Campus Health is garnering a 4.9% positivity rate, which remains well below the state of North Carolina’s rate of 13%.
The vast majority of the positive cases we have identified in our community have experienced relatively mild, cold-like symptoms, with only a few people experiencing moderate symptoms like the flu. Campus Health has not received any reports of student hospitalizations due to COVID-19 this semester.
Updated: Campus Health Weekend Hours
Beginning Sept. 12, Campus Health will be closed on Sundays. They will remain open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays for both symptomatic student COVID-19 testing and other health visits.
If you notice COVID-19 symptoms on a Sunday, you may visit a local health care provider for a test or remain self-isolated until Campus Health opens again on Monday. As always, please call 911 for medical emergencies.
Reminders: Other Testing Guidance
Our asymptomatic testing guidance remains the same for the following groups:
- Students who are unvaccinated or who have chosen not to attest to their vaccination status must continue to participate in the Carolina Together Testing Program twice each week. Everyone in the Carolina community whose vaccination status has changed should update their COVID-19 Vaccination Certification.
- People identified as a close contact and are asymptomatic can get tested at the CTTP Testing Center at the Carolina Union. Additionally, we may occasionally ask students in residence halls to proactively get tested when we have multiple cases in a specific area.
- We do not recommend testing more than once a week if you are asymptomatic, vaccinated and not considered a close contact. We have seen very few, if any, positive cases from truly asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who are not close contacts. The best protection from COVID-19 infection remains getting vaccinated and wearing a mask.
If you are a symptomatic student, you should immediately self-isolate and visit Campus Health for a test. Symptomatic employees should immediately self-isolate and visit their personal medical provider.
Thank you again for your commitment to making Carolina a safe place to be, and for allowing us to maintain a vibrant campus despite the challenges associated with this global pandemic. Although data is improving, we continue to urge vaccination for all members of the Carolina community. The very best way to keep our community safe continues to be vaccination, indoor mask wearing and adherence to COVID-19 Community Standards.
The Carolina Together Testing Program Team