UNC stops posting COVID numbers as cases trend upward on local college campuses

12 April 2022

— COVID cases are trending upward on college campuses in the Triangle. The WRAL Data Trackers has uncovered cases at N.C. State nearly tripled in the last week.

Just as cases are rising, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has stopped posting information about new infections.

After spring break and NCAA celebrations brought travel and crowds, COVID is creeping back onto local college campuses.

  • Duke University reported 67 cases two weeks ago, up to 145 cases last week.
  • N.C. State went from 27 to 72 cases, up 167%.
  • The numbers at UNC Chapel Hill are unclear – because last week the university stopped stopped posted COVID metrics all together “in alignment with lower rates of campus testing.”

The rise in cases came after celebrations for the Duke-UNC game on April 2.

Then, just two days later on April 4, UNC stopped posting COVID metrics on its website “in alignment with lower rates of campus testing.”

NC has been averaging around 400 new infections a day statewide, a significant drop overall.

“We are starting to see a little bit of an uptick in cases, but the hospitalizations and severe illnesses are still remaining low,” says Todd McGee, Orange Co. Community Relations Director.

Todd McGee says the health department in Orange County — home to UNC — is seeing about 20 new cases a day, about double from last month. It’s a slight increase in cases, but transmission remains low — in the green — across the state.

There are 88 COVID patients in Triangle hospitals

  • 25 at UNC

  • 55 at Duke

  • 8 at Wake Med

That’s a 62% drop from just one month ago.

“It is really time to start looking this as endemic and not a pandemic. It’s probably going to be with us for quite some time, if not forever in some form,” said McGee.

Duke still requires masks in class. Masks are optional at UNC and NC State – and both schools say they have no plans to change protocols with the spring semester ending in just weeks.

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