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 after reviewing our latest test results,” Gilbert said. “We will continue to monitor all of our student-athletes on campus and take all the necessary actions to follow all safety protocols established at the local, state and national levels.”
East Carolina University earlier identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Gateway-West Residence Hall.
Earlier this week, UNC-Chapel Hill suspended in-person classes after outbreaks followed the first week of school.
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.
The individuals in this cluster have been identified and we are working closely with the Pitt County Health Department. 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. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes when either person has not been wearing a face covering. Those identified as a close contact will be notified directly and provided with further guidance.
“We are notifying the campus of this cluster per guidance under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, which establishes requirements regarding health and safety information that universities must share with their campuses,” ECU said in a news release.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches or a cough, should immediately contact their medical provider or Student Health Services, 252-328-6841.
The University will not broadly communicate details about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and FERPA, as well as other privacy considerations.