UNC-Chapel Hill Switches to Remote Learning After Covid-19 Outbreak

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill just announced it will convert to remote learning after reporting 135 new Coronavirus cases and four clusters within a week of starting in-person classes, according to NBC News. The university becomes the first college to send students home after reopening.

“After consultation with state and local health officials, #UNC’s infectious disease experts and the UNC system, Carolina is making two changes to de-densify campus,” the university announced via Twitter on Monday. “On Wednesday, Aug. 19, all undergraduate instruction will shift to remote learning.”

The university now has 130 students and five employees infected with Covid-19 as of the week of August 10 to August 16. Those affected are being isolated and monitored, according to university officials.

Prior to the announcement, many students were critical of the university saying its preventive measures failed to protect the students and staff. While Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said he thought the students were wearing masks, washing their hands, and following other safety procedures that had been put in place, the university’s Student Body President Reeves Moseley said some students, themselves, were not social distancing or “upholding community standards,” according to CNN.

Before classes started, more than 30 tenured faculty members warned in an open letter they feared the university was reopening too quickly. In the meantime, Carolina Athletics officials said despite the university’s switch to remote learning, the fall athletic season will go on as planned.