Duke University COVID-19 cases spread at slower rate

At least 23 Duke University students have tested positive for COVID-19 as the university...
At least 23 Duke University students have tested positive for COVID-19 as the university recently shut down the campus to interrupt the spread of the virus.(via WNCN)
Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 9:59 PM EDT
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Classes at Duke University continue undisrupted as COVID-19 cases spread at a slower rate than at other nearby and large universities.

The latest numbers from the university reported a total of 35 COVID-19 cases in students. Only 17 faculty or staff have tested positive for the virus since Aug. 2. That number put the university miles behind schools like UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State.

The university said they have conducted a total of 23,880 tests since Aug 2. University administrators reported Monday, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, that 6,251 tests were done in asymptomatic through the school’s on-campus testing program. It found only six positive cases in students and none in faculty.

Two of those cases were in students who were not showing any symptoms. One lived off campus and the other lived on campus.

The remaining four were students were reported feeling symptoms and were tested. These four lived off campus.

Duke said of the 52 positive cases it’s had, 44 have already been cleared to return to campus.

Click here for the university’s dashboard.

The university required anyone returning to campus this fall to be tested for the virus. In addition to the mandatory arrival testing, Duke officials say all students are required to participate in the university’s pooled testing program

North Carolina State University reports a total of 907 COVID-19 cases on their campus. Those cases were counted from Aug. 11 to Aug. 31. Of those positive cases, 871 were in students. This is out of a total of 7,895 tests, according to the university.

The rise in cases shortly after the start of the school year, resulted in the university’s decision to move undergraduate courses online and students out of residence halls.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, administrators reported 1,145 COVID-19 cases since February. Of those, 1,085 were found in students. The university’s dashboard showed about 946 of those cases in students were reported after Aug. 3. These cases come from a total of 5,289 tests.

The dashboard indicated these numbers were last updated Sept. 3.

University administrators chose to move all classes online shortly after the start of the fall semester. The university also asked all students who could move out of the residents hall to do so.

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