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COVID-19 Update: Lowest COVID-19 positivity rate of semester and fall break testing hours

Campus fall scene
Fall scene on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 8, 2019. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

As students approach a well-deserved fall break, we are happy to report the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate of the semester. Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, the rate was 0.29%, down from 0.47% the previous week. This decrease was made possible by our community’s commitment to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, wearing masks, and participating in the Carolina Together Testing Program. Thank you!

Most of the positive student cases we have identified in our community experience mild, cold-like symptoms. Campus Health has not received any reports of student hospitalizations due to COVID-19 this semester. We continue to recommend that vaccinated individuals test no more than one time each week.

The Carolina Together Testing Program hours during the fall break are as follows:

·      Monday, Oct. 18: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

·      Tuesday, Oct. 19: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·      Wednesday, Oct. 20: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

·      Thursday, Oct. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 24: CLOSED

·      Regular testing hours resume on Monday, Oct. 25

Campus Health will be open during fall break. Students and post docs who are symptomatic or identified as a close contact of a positive case may seek testing at Campus Health Oct. 21-Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Asymptomatic students and post docs should wait until the CTTP reopens on Monday, Oct. 25, to test or seek testing through an off-campus provider.

All Carolina community members who have not attested to COVID-19 vaccination must participate in once weekly testing. We encourage all unvaccinated members of our community to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It is not too late!

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has approved COVID-19 booster vaccinations for adults with underlying medical conditions and those living in high-risk settings. Students at Carolina who live in a residence hall and/or have an underlying medical condition and received their second Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago are eligible to receive a booster at the Carolina Vaccination Clinic, the Student Stores Pharmacy or the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinic on Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Carmichael Maker Space. Students must bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards to the clinic.

Get Your Flu Shot
Being vaccinated against influenza will help reduce the overall burden of respiratory diseases and help conserve health care resources. Please bring your insurance card with you when you receive your vaccine on campus. If you do not obtain your flu vaccination on campus but obtain one through your primary care provider or at a community pharmacy or[PD4]  clinic, you can still self-report compliance.

Whether you are staying in Chapel Hill or traveling over the fall break, please continue to adhere to the COVID-19 Community Standards so that we may look forward to celebrating the conclusion of the fall semester and strides toward a safe Carolina spring semester.

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team