ECU identifies another cluster of COVID-19 cases at residence hall

Posted August 22, 2020 6:22 p.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2020 3:11 p.m. EDT

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— East Carolina University has identified another COVID-19 cluster within one of its residence halls.

The school now has five positive cases related to Garrett Hall. There are also five positive cases at Fletcher Hall, six in Fleming Hall, seven in Tyler Hall and 10 in Greene Hall. In addition, the school's Alpha Gamma Delta sorority is reporting five positive cases.

A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases that are deemed close proximity in location. “Location” is defined as a single residential hall or dwelling.

Officials said the individuals are being quarantined and contact tracing has been initiated "with direct communication to anyone determined to have been a close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19."

ECU officials also encourage anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, which include fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a cough, should immediately contact their medical provider or Student Health Services at (252) 328-6841.

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