COVID-19 update: Holiday travel and COVID-19 positivity rates – Community News

COVID-19 update: Holiday travel and COVID-19 positivity rates

Dear Carolina Community,

Thank you for your continued support to your community. We’re excited to head into the Thanksgiving holiday next week and want to keep the community updated on testing, hours, and recent numbers.

With the weather getting colder and more activities moving indoors, it’s a great time to remind everyone to adhere to COVID-19 community standards. If you must eat indoors, limit time spent with others and only remove your mask while actively eating or drinking. Follow the CDC COVID-19 travel guidelines if you plan to leave campus or the community for the Thanksgiving holiday, and check out these tips for navigating holiday gatherings during the pandemic. Following these guidelines will help our community return to campus and finish the semester safely.

Carolina Together Test Program
While we are pleased to report that the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus is still very low, we have seen an increase in the positivity rate from 0.31% to 0.66% between November 8 and 14. in the previous week. This increase is not unexpected compared to what we see in the state and country, and we continue to monitor the number of cases.

Most of the positive cases of college students we identified in our community experience relatively mild, cold-like symptoms. Campus Health has not received any reports of student hospitalizations due to COVID-19 this semester. We continue to recommend that vaccinated individuals test no more than once a week.

All members of the Carolina community who have not testified to COVID-19 vaccination are required to participate in a weekly test. We encourage all unvaccinated members of our community to get a COVID-19 vaccine and let us know. It’s not too late!

Note the reduced vacation hours of the Carolina Together Testing Program:
• Monday, November 22: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Tuesday, November 23: 07:00-17:00
• Wednesday 24 Nov – Sunday 28 Nov: Closed
• Monday 29 November: Resumption of normal opening hours

Employee Vaccination Requirement
In accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 and guidance from the Safer Workforce Task Force, the deadline for federal contractor employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has been extended to January 4, 2022. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination page. While the COVID-19 booster is not part of this requirement, we encourage anyone who is eligible to get a booster as soon as possible.

Get your flu shot
Campus Health has administered nearly 7,000 flu vaccines this year. Vaccination against the flu will help reduce the overall burden of respiratory disease and help conserve health care resources. Bring your insurance card with you when you receive your vaccine on campus. If you do not get your flu vaccination on campus, but through your GP or at a community pharmacy or clinic, you can still report compliance yourself.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Carolina Together Testing Program team would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to every member of the Carolina community who works to keep our campus safe and healthy. Enjoy a relaxing, joyful and safe vacation!

The Carolina Together Test Program Team