Chapel Hill, N.C. — Within a week of the resumption of classes, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has reported two clusters of coronavirus cases in student housing.
Residents of Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers have been notified about the cases in their living quarters and advised about next steps.
The university said those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus “have been identified and are isolating and receiving medical monitoring.” University and Orange County health representatives are working to trace and notify anyone who may have been in close contact – within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more – with one of the infected people.
Granville Towers is a privately managed residence hall located near the northwest corner of campus with community kitchens, study lounges, laundry rooms and fitness centers. With the exceptions of the fitness centers, shared areas have remained open to residents, but limited to 50% capacity.
Ehringhaus Community, on South Campus, is a six-story residence hall for first-year students. Most live in four-bedroom suites.
The UNC-CH COVID-19 tracking dashboard showed Granville Towers at about 76% capacity through Aug. 10, with student housing on campus at about 61% capacity.