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COVID-19 Update: Spring break and testing update

Bell tower in springtime.
Scenes from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 25, 2020. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

As we approach spring break, we wanted to provide information about updated testing center hours and information about our testing program.

Carolina Together Testing hours

Starting March 14, the Carolina Together Testing Center at the Carolina Union will be open for asymptomatic testing at the following times:

  • Monday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Symptomatic testing will continue to be available at Campus Health. Appointments for this testing are encouraged.

Spring break testing

If you are planning to travel during spring break or think you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 during spring break, we recommend that you to get tested or test at home before returning to campus. If you test positive, please contact Campus Health for further instructions.

Testing vendor

Beginning March 14, we will change the vendor that processes our Carolina Together testing samples from the on-campus Carolina Together testing lab to a third party, Radeas Labs. We are working closely with Radeas to ensure a smooth and efficient process remains in place.

We want to extend our gratitude to the individuals who helped establish and work in the Carolina Together Testing Lab. Since January 2021, they have run over 278,000 samples. They, along with the team in Campus Health, have helped detect COVID-19 cases early, which has been a key factor in our community’s ability to remain on campus.

Masks

Finally, we want to thank everyone for the flexibility and understanding they shared with each other this week as we lifted the mask mandate for most indoor spaces on campus. We know this transition is welcome for some on campus and brings discomfort to others. As a reminder, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you are free to do so. There are many reasons why a person may decide to continue to wear a mask, and we respect that choice.

Conversely, students, faculty and staff are not allowed to require mask in their classroom or office setting where it is now optional, and no one should be penalized for their choice in those spaces.

We hope our students and faculty have a nice and relaxing spring break. We look forward to connecting in a few weeks.

Sincerely,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team