Two COVID-19 Clusters Identified At UNC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) — UNC Charlotte has confirmed two COVID-19 clusters through its Niner Health Check, testing and contact tracing protocols. One cluster involves six students residing in off-campus residences, and the other involves five students residing on campus.

The students are isolating and receiving appropriate medical care. The University is notifying all close contacts to begin quarantine and receive necessary testing.

Safety and Vaccination

Continue to follow the 6W’s: It is important that you continue following the 6W’s to protect our campus community, including wearing your face covering and maintaining proper physical distancing from others.

Vaccination: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus. Please visit the Niner Nation Cares website for resources in locating your shot. The University will also continue to offer opportunities with Atrium for the vaccination. The next clinic will be on Monday, April 12. More details and registration information will be shared as soon as they are available.

Cluster notification

A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and a plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases (present in the same setting during the same time period — ex: same shift, same classroom, same physical work area); that is consistent in likely timing of exposure; and has no other more likely source of exposure for identified cases (ex: household or close contact to a confirmed case in another setting). The University will notify the UNC Charlotte community of known clusters involving employees and students.

If you think you have COVID-19

Anyone in the UNC Charlotte community experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a cough, should immediately contact their medical provider or the Student Health Center and visit the Emergency Management website for additional information about updating the University on their COVID-19 status through the Niner Health Check.

Privacy statement

The University will not broadly communicate details about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations. Those who need to know about individual positive cases will be notified during the contact tracing process.