UNC reports spike in positive test rate on campus

    UNC announced last week that classes would move online. (Julia Wall/AP)

    The reported share of students testing positive for the coronavirus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than doubled after the first week of class, surpassing 30 percent last week, according to the school’s data dashboard.

    The university reports that it has received results from more than 1,500 tests last week. More than 500 of those were positive.

    During the first full week of August, before students returned to campus, UNC-Chapel Hill reported a positivity rate of 2.8 percent. The following week, as classes began, the positivity rate grew to 13.6 percent.

    At least 784 students have tested positive for the coronavirus to date, with the bulk of those infections coming after the start of the semester. According to the local IndyWeek alternative weekly, UNC bases its data on testing that takes place at the campus health center or on results self-reported by students. Consequently, students who get tested off-campus are not necessarily reflected in the data.

    Several major universities that brought back students for in-person learning disclosed large numbers of coronavirus infections on Monday. Missouri State University logged 141 cases in its first full week of classes, and averaged 20 new cases per day, the Springfield News-Leader reported. At the rival University of Missouri, there were 159 active cases on the first day of class.

    Meanwhile, the University of Alabama revealed that more than 531 students, faculty and staff had tested positive for coronavirus since classes began last Wednesday. On Monday, the city of Tuscaloosa announced plans to shut down bars to control the spread of the virus. Central Michigan University also took action against rampant parties on Monday, suspending Greek organizations after reporting 54 new cases in seven days.

    The Washington Post


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