“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Al Pacino—Godfather Part III 08/30/2020 COVID-19 update I am sure many of you have seen posts regarding preexisting conditions and risk factors for Covid. Either 94% had a risk factor or only 6% had no other risk factors for COVID 19 death. First things first—THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE. I will explain. The confusion arose from an article from the CDC titled “Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic CharacteristicsProvisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”It is actually a very informative article. It goes through the various causes of death mentioned in theRead More →

East Carolina University will move undergraduate courses online for the remainder of the fall semester, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson announced today. Undergraduate classes are suspended Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 25, while students and faculty adjust to the change in the semester schedule. Professional and graduate courses will continue as they are currently operating. Students in experiential learning courses will continue as scheduled. During the summer, ECU officials have continuously monitored the number of positive cases and rate of infection among students and prepared for the return of students to campus. Fall classes began at ECU on Monday, Aug. 10.Read More →

East Carolina University has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases within the university’s football team and Clement Hall. There are currently seven positives related to Clement Hall and 10 positives associated with the football team. ECU Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert announced Thursday that all football activities are pausing indefinitely after evaluating results from the latest rounds of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing. All affected individuals will be isolated based on medical guidelines. Contact tracing will be conducted for close contacts per University protocol and those identified individuals will be quarantined. “Today’s decision to pause all football activities comes in consultation with our medical staff afterRead More →

A little less than three months ahead of the November general election, the latest ECU poll, conducted August 12-13, shows a dead heat in the race for president among registered voters in North Carolina. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a tie at 47%. In one of the nation’s key battleground contests for party control of the U.S. Senate, Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham holds a slight lead over Republican incumbent Thom Tills, 44% to 40%. This is the first ECU poll to show Cunningham with a lead over Tillis. The last ECU poll taken in June showed the election tied at 41%.Read More →