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Niner Times continues to monitor the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is what we know so far:

  • All classes are online effective March 23 and for the rest of the semester. 

  • Unless granted an exception by Housing and Residence Life, students have all left the residence halls. 

  • Three UNC Charlotte community members have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  

  • As of April 6, there are 2,678 known cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina with 40,045 completed tests. There have been 39 deaths.

  • Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on March 10 and issued a stay-at-home order effective March 26 and lasting 21 days.

  • Mecklenburg County has the most cases at 601.

  • All 2020 spring semester and summer study abroad programs are cancelled. 

  • The Student Health Center will operate at normal hours, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will be closed on the weekend. It can take samples to test for COVID-19 but the tests take place at an off-site lab. 

  • The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has canceled all in-person appointments. They will continue to offer audio consultations and videoconferencing to students in North Carolina. All group and workshop meetings March 16 - March 31 are cancelled. If you are in crisis, call 704-687-0311. 

  • The Jamil Student Niner Pantry will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students will need to place their orders before picking up their food. 

  • Atkins Library and all computer labs are closed.
  • All April 30 Remembrance Day events are canceled, including the Remembrance Concert at the Blumenthal.

  • All University Recreation facilities are closed.

  • University sponsored in-state travel to gatherings of 50 or more people is suspended. University sponsored out-of-state travel is suspended unless authorized by the Chancellor or Provost. A process for requesting exceptions is being established. The University will ensure any costs that cannot be refunded are recovered.

  • Mandatory and non-mandatory employees, including student and temporary employees, will receive administrative leave through March 31 if they meet any of the following criteria:

    • Are over 65 years old or have underlying health conditions

    • Have childcare or eldercare responsibilities due to COVID-19 facilities closing and are unable to work because of it

    • Are sick with symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19 or taking care of someone who is 

    • A non-mandatory employee who is unable to telework

  • Mandatory employees who don't meet the criteria above are required to report to work.
  • All Conference USA spring sport competition and championship events have been cancelled following a unanimous vote by the C-USA Board of Directors. 

  • Reimbursements for housing and dining fees will be considered in April at the earliest. 

  • The University will update, via NinerNotice, every Monday and more as warranted.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms typically appear between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. 

It is best to avoid close contact with anyone exhibiting these symptoms. The CDC recommends avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, washing your hands when available and regularly applying hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Certain groups are especially at risk of the adverse effects of COVID-19, including those 60 years or older or those with underlying medical conditions.

The Student Health Center encourages students to call the office (704-687-7400) if they experience any of these symptoms and have traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran. 

This article will be updated as more information is provided.