North Carolina University, Unable to Stop Coronavirus Clusters, Students Head Home to Full Remote Classes

We hate to say that we told you so with school’s starting back, but we told you so. A North Carolina University is already sending all students home today.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Monday that it was converting to all virtual classes after reporting 135 new COVID-19 cases.  They become first college to send students home after having reopened.

After consultation with state and local health officials, the college’s infectious disease experts and the UNC system, North Carolina is making two changes to de-densify campus, the school announced on Twitter this afternoon.

In the past week, the Covid-19 positivity rate among students rose to 13.6% of the 954 students tested, and five employees also tested positive, according to the university’s Covid-19 dashboard. As of Monday morning, 177 students were in isolation and 349 were in quarantine, both on and off campus. 

Starting Wednesday, all undergraduate in-person instruction will shift to remote learning, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Provost Robert A. Blouin wrote in a twitter message.

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