UNC Charlotte’s wastewater testing has detected SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in an on-campus residence hall, according to a NinerNotice sent on Friday morning.
According to the announcement, none of the students living in the residence hall have reported symptoms, though all are required to quarantine until they can get tested Friday afternoon. It is not yet clear what the procedure is for housekeepers who have recently cleaned the dorm.
The news comes six days after students began moving back into residence halls, and one day after the start of some in-person classes. As of Friday, 215 students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19. From Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, 47 people tested positive, according to the University’s dashboard.
Update 3:45 p.m.: The contaminated wastewater was found at Holshouser Hall in South Village, according to an email sent by a Holshouser resident to WSOCTV.
This is the email a @unccharlotte student living in Holshouser dorm received this morning, confirming the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the dorm’s wastewater. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/IJGDXRe87b— Susanna Black (@SusannaWSOC9) October 2, 2020
Update Oct. 4 at 5:15 p.m.:
According to UNC Charlotte spokesperson Buffie Stephens, all staff including housekeepers associated with Holshouser Hall have been identified for testing. The residence hall is currently at 50% of maximum capacity with one student per bedroom.
Update Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m.:
155 students and staff associated with Holshouser Hall have been tested for COVID-19, according to a NinerNotice sent out Monday afternoon. Only 1% tested positive and no clusters were identified.
According to the University's COVID-19 dashboard, eight students and one employee have tested positive for the virus since Friday, Oct. 2. These numbers may include tests unaffiliated Holshouser Hall, though. There are currently three isolated and two quarantined students on campus.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.