The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced it will convert to online classes after 135 new COVID-19 cases and four clusters were reported within a week of opening its doors for the fall semester.
The University has sent its students home after having reopened.
In an announcement on Twitter, the school said, “After consultation with state and local health officials, #UNC’s infectious disease experts and the UNC system, Carolina is making two changes to de-densify campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, all undergraduate instruction will shift to remote learning.”
Their dashboard COVID-19 showed 135 new cases — 130 students and five employees infected between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16.
Moreover, the cumulative rate of positive COVID-19 test results at UNC-Chapel Hill is 10.6 percent — higher than the statewide rate of 7.5 percent.
University officials said, “As of this morning, we have tested 954 students and have 177 in isolation and 349 in quarantine, both on and off campus. So far, we have been fortunate that most students who have tested positive have demonstrated mild symptoms.”
People in infected clusters have been isolated and monitored. Dormitory residents have been provided with additional information for next steps, the university said.