Education

More than half of NC State students asked to move back home as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

Posted August 27, 2020 5:10 a.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2020 9:27 a.m. EDT

— Thursday is the first day students at North Carolina State University will start moving out of on-campus housing per the school's request as officials work to halt the spread of coronavirus clusters on campus.

On Wednesday, nearly 100 new coronavirus cases were reported by NC State.

In a recent report released by the New York Times, NC State is ranked in the top 10 colleges in the country with the most coronavirus cases. Since March, more than 640 cases have been reported in the campus community.

Almost 73% of rooms designated for students to quarantine in on campus are occupied and over 1,400 students are quarantining off campus. Wednesday, the university reported three new clusters – two in main campus dorms and one in Greek Village.

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.

With more than 20 clusters involving hundreds of students, the school decided to close dorms and give students 11 days to move out.

Officials said the university is scheduling move-out time slots or appointments through Sept. 6 to ensure the moves can be accomplished with social distancing.

About 6,500 students are currently living on campus, but officials want to get that number down to 2,000, allowing each student to have his or her own bedroom and bathroom.

Students can apply to remain on campus if they have people in their homes who are at higher risk from the virus, if going home presents travel difficulties or if they don't have internet access at home or a financial hardship.

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