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COVID-19 update: Reminders on masks and boosters

The Old Well in the snow.
(Photo by Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

This week we are sharing information on masks and booster shots. In the last seven days, we have had a 33.7% symptomatic positivity rate at Campus Health and 14.7% at CTTP. For comparison, the positivity rate at UNC Health for symptomatic patients for the last seven days is 43%. The cases that Campus Health sees continue to have mild to moderate symptoms.

Masks

The COVID-19 Community Standards continue to require a mask indoors, and masks are recommended for large gatherings outdoors. There are a variety of masks available for your protection, and all masks, regardless of the type, are most effective when worn properly with a tight fit around the chin and nose. We have added a few graphics to Carolina Together on proper mask fit and what to consider when choosing a mask for your needs.

The White House announced they are distributing 400 million N95 masks to local pharmacies and community health centers to be available for the public at no cost. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 31, the Orange County Health Department will distribute masks at two locations, the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough and the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Carrboro.

Boosters

As of yesterday, 8,182 students, faculty and staff have attested to getting their booster shot. The best tool against COVID-19 and the omicron variant is being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination

Remember, when you attest to your booster shot on the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form, you are now eligible to receive a Golden Ticket from the Carolina Together Ambassador Program and be entered into a raffle for exciting prizes, including 100 $25 gift cards to the UNC Student Stores, tickets for the UNC men’s basketball game versus Syracuse on Feb. 28, a Nike apparel package and more. Get your booster and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form prior to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 to be entered.

Again, thank you to everyone doing their part in fighting the spread of the virus. We are grateful for your hard work and dedication.

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team