Updated October 28, at 11:23 p.m.
On Wednesday, Elon University reported 54 new coronavirus cases. There are currently 275 active cases within the Elon community.
The university is currently conducting expanding testing with plans to test 5,000 students by the end of the week.
On Oct. 23, Elon elevated its COVID-19 alert to level 3 - High Alert. This comes after eight clusters were identified within a week.
Elon University data from the university's COVID-19 dashboard.
As of Aug. 26, the university dashboard now reflects the number of off-campus students in isolation.
To monitor the coronavirus, Elon University has set-up a COVID-19 alert level system. The four-tiered system monitors both cases on-campus and in Alamance County.
Currently, Elon University is in Alert Level 3, which is referred to as the "high" alert.
Currently, Alamance County has a cumulative 5,181 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 79 deaths. For every 10,000 residents in the county there are over 306 cases, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Outside of Alamance, Mecklenburg County, home to the state’s largest city Charlotte, has seen over 33,000 cases of coronavirus, more than any other county in the state. When factoring in population, Duplin County, located an hour outside of Wilmington, has seen the most cases, per 10,000 residents in the state.
There have been 266,136 cumulative cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina as of Oct. 28.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Oct. 21 that Phase 3 will be extended for three weeks.
North Carolina moved into Phase 3 of reopening on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.
Phase 3 will allow many entertainment venues to open at a limited capacity.
Bars and nightclubs can operate outdoors with a 30% or 100 customer maximum capacity, depending on whichever is less. Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 can operate at 7% capacity, and outdoor amusement parks can operate at 30% capacity. Movie theaters and indoor music halls will also be allowed to open at 30% or 100 customer maximum capacity, depending on whichever is less.
Gatherings in the town of Elon will remain capped at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. According to Town Manager Richard Roedner, the emergency order limiting social gatherings was important to keep cases of the coronavirus low at Elon University.
“I believe that North Carolina can do this safely,” Cooper said. “But so I’m clear, every gathering carries the risk of spreading this disease.”
Many previous guidelines will carry over into Phase 3, and Cooper emphasized that the at-risk population is still safer at home.
The North Carolina face mask mandate is still in effect, and mass gatherings will remain capped at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
What happens when someone tests positive for the virus in Alamance County?
When someone in the county becomes infected with the virus, the Alamance County Health Department is tasked with helping contact trace individuals who may have come into contact with an infected individual.
“For every confirmed case, Alamance County Health Department does an extensive interview with the case that includes their current health status, onset of symptoms, and a retracing of their movements while infectious,” ACHD Public Information Officer Arlinda Ellison told Elon News Network.
In the retracing of an infected persons movements, health department staff ask about who they have interacted with to determine close contacts. A close contact is defined as "someone who the case has interacted with for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet.”
Close contacts are then notified by the health department and in addition to assessing their current condition, the staff informs the individual that they will need to quarantine for 14 days. If no symptoms are presented during that time, then they are released from quarantine.
Below are the latest case numbers from the campus of Elon University, Alamance County and the state of North Carolina.