UNC Charlotte reports off-campus COVID-19 cluster involving five students

UNC Charlotte reports off-campus COVID-19 cluster involving five students
Officials believe two recent clusters of COVID-19 can be traced to off-campus gatherings. (Source: WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Five UNC Charlotte students living together off-campus have tested positive for COVID-19, according to university officials.

UNC Charlotte is investigating the cluster, which is defined by state health officials as a minimum of five coronavirus cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and a plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases, such as being present in the same setting during the same time period.

Health officials are looking into the contact tracing protocol.

The students are isolating off-campus, receiving medical care.

The university is working with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and property management to ensure all close contacts are notified to begin quarantine and receive necessary testing.

On Wednesday, the campus announced that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has once again been detected in wastewater at a UNC Charlotte residence hall. Testing of that residence hall is now underway.

Officials say the University’s wastewater testing has detected the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in its routine sampling in one residence hall.

UNC Charlotte is not identifying the residence hall for the privacy of its students and staff, but all residents and staff of the hall have received information directly from Housing and Residence Life.

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