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Health Concern: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The purpose of this site is to share relevant information with UNC System institutions, students, parents, faculty, staff, and University partners. The UNC System is working with state, federal, and international health authorities to monitor any ongoing developments, coordinate and share information, and provide further guidance. 

March 23, 2020 -- UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has released a third video updating the System’s continuing response to the coronavirus.

Status of University System

Our universities remain open and will continue to deliver high-quality instruction for our students. At the same time, institutions are working to maximize the flexibility in how to deliver education and limit the potential impact of coronavirus. Each UNC System institution is transitioning whenever possible from in-person teaching to alternative, online instruction.

Events

All institutions are restricted from hosting gatherings of 10 or more people, in accordance with direction from the Governor, CDC, and White House. This includes events sponsored by student organizations. Consideration to cancel or postpone is based on the anticipated number of participants and the size of the proposed venue, taking into account the transmissibility of the virus in more confined spaces. 

Academics

All institutions are transitioning from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery wherever possible by March 20. To the extent possible, in-person instruction should be suspended and alternative course delivery will commence on March 23 and continue until otherwise directed. This recognizes that in some cases, in-person instruction will be the only viable method of instruction. To allow faculty to prepare for the transition from in-person instruction to alternative course delivery, some institutions have extended their spring break for up to one week or suspended classes for up to five (5) days to make preparations. See the links to institution updates below.

University Travel

University-sponsored travel outside the state of North Carolina, or within the state to gatherings of 100 or more people, is suspended unless prior written authorization to travel is given by the Chancellor or the Provost. This prohibition includes student organizations. A number of institutions have recalled students participating in some study abroad programs, particularly those programs in affected areas. 

Telework

Institutions are implementing teleworking beginning March 23, 2020, to the extent possible, for employees whose physical presence is not deemed mandatory or essential with respect to University operations, including the onsite conduct of classes. This directive will remain in effect until further notice. 

 

UNC System-wide Updates

March 18, 2020 -- View the video message from Interim President William L. Roper on the UNC System status and actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

March 17, 2020 -- Press Release

Read the full press release: UNC System Updates Guidance to Constituent Institutions

March 12, 2020 -- View the video message from Interim President William L. Roper on the UNC System status and actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

March 11, 2020 -- Press Release

Read the full press release: UNC System Issues Update on Coronavirus Preparations

 

Direct Links to UNC System Institution Resources

We care deeply about the health of UNC System students, faculty and staff members, and partners. For additional resources, please visit, the following health and coronavirus information resources at our institutions:

 

Health Monitoring Organizations

State of North Carolina
North Carolina Division of Public Health
The North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch will provide updates on any significant developments, including any positive cases.
Watch the North Carolina Governor's press conferences on UNC-TV.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the number of coronavirus cases in the United States

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
International travelers may be subject to as much as a 14-day quarantine, and most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended many international routes. Search U.S. State Department travel advisories by country.

World Health Organization

 

About Novel Coronavirus

The CDC reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”), which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to spread. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and congestion, shortness of breath, and flu-like symptoms, such as fever.

Health professionals and the CDC offer the following recommendations to help individuals stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick; do not travel.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as countertops, phones, keyboards, laptops, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures.
  • Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.

 

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