NC State has identified two clusters of COVID-19 cases. One cluster is associated with a student organization’s off-campus social event on March 31, 2021. The second cluster is associated with Athletics and an off-campus social event on March 27, 2021.
A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases that have an epidemiologic link.
Attendees identified with both social events, and their close contacts, are being provided with additional information about the situation and next steps. Students who attended the off-campus social event in question, as well as student-athletes in Athletics, can be tested at regular surveillance testing locations on campus.
All individuals who test positive as part of these clusters are being isolated, and close contacts quarantined. 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. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes when either person has not been wearing a face covering. 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 and related policies on face coverings, physical distancing and gatherings and events.
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.
In compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, NC State is providing notice of this COVID-19 cluster for campus awareness. The University will not broadly communicate details about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations.