NC State reports COVID-19 clusters at 2 sororities

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – N.C. State University is reporting two COVID-19 clusters at its Greek Village.

The clusters are at the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, with seven positive cases, and the Kappa Delta Sorority House, with six positive cases.

Both houses are located in Greek Village at N.C. State.

Wednesday’s announcement comes a day after the University said a cluster was located at an off-campus residence on Clark Avenue.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services defines a cluster as five or more cases that are deemed close proximity or location.

On Tuesday, N.C. State confirmed eight cases of the virus at Greek Village but stopped short of calling it a cluster.

The University followed up on Wednesday with news of occupants at six Greek Village houses being quarantined. Alpha Delta Pi, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha’s Greek Village houses are a part of the quarantine, according to an N.C. State official.

“As NC State follows its contact tracing protocol, conducts additional testing, and waits for the results, the university has directed students living in those six chapter houses to quarantine until cleared by Student Health Services. All students who have tested positive have moved back home or to designated isolation housing on campus. The two clusters (five or more cases in close proximity) were in the houses identified today,” an email from the University said.

The site of the initial cluster on Clark Avenue played host to a party two weeks ago, N.C. State said.

“It is critical for the university and the towns that they’re in and the counties they’re in to enforce the safety guidelines,” said Governor Roy Cooper. 

Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said she thinks enforcement is a key priority for the prevention of the spread of the virus. She said she’s been talking to chancellors of the UNC System Schools about reducing the number of students in dorms and mass gatherings.

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