August 31, 2021 Multiple Cluster Notification

Last week, the University implemented an early testing process for students on specific floors of residence halls where multiple COVID-19 cases were found to proactively test at the Carolina Together Testing Center out of an abundance of caution. As a result of this testing, the University, in coordination with the Orange County Health Department (OCHD), has identified clusters in three residence halls. There are currently 5 to 6 cases in each of the epi-linked clusters in the following locations.

  • Ehringhaus, 3rd floor
  • Hinton James, 7th and 8th floors
  • Parker, 3rd floor

A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases, meaning that Campus Health and the OCHD have confirmed those cases originated in the same location, group, or event around the same time. “Location” is defined as a single residential hall or dwelling.

The individuals in these clusters have been identified and are isolating and receiving medical monitoring. Through ongoing contact tracing, Campus Health and OCHD are reaching out to close contacts.

Because this cluster is a result of the proactive testing we recommended last week, it is not necessary for students on these floors to seek additional testing at the Carolina Together Testing Center as a result of this cluster if they were tested in the last week and not displaying symptoms. As always, if students are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should seek testing at Campus Health.