A day after warnings were sent out to students about two clusters in on-campus dorms - one at Granville Towers and one at the Ehringhaus Community Granville Towers and the Ehringhaus Community - school officials said Saturday that a third has been identified at the Sigma Nu fraternity house. Students make up 275 of the newly reported cases.
"The individuals in this cluster have been identified and are isolating and receiving medical monitoring", the declaration stated. "We have also notified the Orange County Health Department and are working with them to identify additional potential exposures", the message states. According to the university's website, the living space typically houses more than 900 students, many of whom are in their first year.
Earlier this month, UNC Chapel Hill had warned students in fraternities and sororities to stop the "large gatherings" that had been witnessed since returning to campus. Ten students and one staff member tested positive in just one week ending August 9.
The latest cluster is located at Hinton James Residence Hall, the university said in an alert.
Classes are being offered through a handful of models, including face-to-face, remote only and a mix of both.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz, the university chancellor, defended the fall opening, saying it was developed with guidance from experts in infectious disease and epidemiology. There are now more than 5.3 million infections in the U.S. Michael George reports on what the pandemic looks like in the U.S.
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