Clusterf**k at UNC — The CDC Sanitized Version

Screenshot_2020-08-18 COVID-19 cases at UNC are ‘cluster #$%,’ student newspaper says in scathing editorial

The Daily Tar Heel, UNC Chapel Hill’s independent student newspaper, wasn’t holding back in an editorial published Monday, August 17, 2020, criticizing the university’s administration after four COVID-19 clusters were reported on campus. Editor’s note: Letters in the headline were blurred by McClatchy News. The Daily Tar Heel

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article245017180.html

As of Monday, 177 students were in isolation at UNC-Chapel Hill after testing positive for COVID-19, and hundreds more were in quarantine. Through last week, the test positivity rate on campus jumped over 10 percentage points to 13.6 percent. Such a high positivity rate indicates that the virus is spreading through the campus community. (According to the World Health Organization, anything over 5 percent is cause for concern.) There are likely students infected with the virus who aren’t showing symptoms, and they could leave campus without knowing they’re sick.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/18/21373482/unc-covid-outbreak-students-home-testing-university

UNC is sending some students back home without testing them for COVID-19

Update 09.29.20 aka The Sanitized CDC version of events:

Citation Wilson E, Donovan CV, Campbell M, et al. Multiple COVID-19 Clusters on a University Campus — North Carolina, August 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 29 September 2020. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6939e3

A North Carolina university experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and clusters within 2 weeks of opening the campus to students. Student gatherings and congregate living settings, both on and off campus, likely contributed to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in this setting.

The CDC is not naming names. But the NC university not mentioned is pretty obvious.

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