COVID-19 Cluster Identified – Oct. 28

NC State, in coordination with the Wake County Health Department, has identified one cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with the Agricultural Institute.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services defines clusters of COVID-19 as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. Cases in the same general setting during this time period, such as in classrooms, regardless of size, fall under this definition.

All individuals who test positive as part of this cluster are being isolated, and close contacts are being notified and provided recommendations for quarantine and testing. Contact tracing has been initiated with direct communication to anyone known to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.. Those identified as a close contact will be notified directly and provided with further guidance.

NC State works closely with local health officials to identify, trace and isolate potential positive cases both on and off campus for students, faculty and staff. For more information on this process, what you can do to help protect the NC State community, and what NC State is doing to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19, visit the Protect the Pack website

NC State asks that all in our community remain committed to protecting the Pack, including following the University’s Community Standards.

Anyone in the NC State community experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a cough, should immediately contact their medical provider or Student Health Services that is open for COVID-19 testing, by appointment at 919.515.2563.  Appointments to get vaccinated are also available.

NC State is committed to communicating regularly with the community about COVID-19 trends, any changes in policy and important reminders. Please pay attention to your email and the university’s main social media accounts, and regularly visit the Protect the Pack site for important notifications, announcements and updates.