Elon University has moved to level 3 — High Alert after the university reported the single highest daily cases of COVID-19 with a total of 44 new cases. The move to High Alert comes on the first day of social hiatus and five days after moving to in level 2 — Moderate Alert.
There are 112 active cases in the Elon community.
Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee announced in an email to the campus community that the Alamance County Health Department identified three new clusters at the university.
According to Stein’s email, Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha all have clusters, bringing the total number of clusters identified on campus in the past week to eight.
Clusters in East A Residence Hall, Carolina Residence Hall, Barney Residence Hall, Phi Mu sorority and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity had previously been identified.
There have been five clusters identified in Greek organizations and three in freshman dorms.
Jordan King, associate director of student involvement, who oversees Greek life and is the chapter mentor of Sigma Sigma Sigma, did not respond to Elon News Networks immediate request for comment.
In a statement to Elon News Network, President of ZBT Connor McCarthy said the organization isn’t aware of a specific event that caused the cluster.
“There’s been no indication that a specific event has led to an outbreak within our organization,” McCarthy wrote. “Zeta Beta Tau has been strictly following the school’s physical distancing and mask guidelines, and have been very careful to not do anything to endanger the health of the Elon community.”
The president of Phi Mu did not respond to Elon News Network’s request for comment. Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha did not respond to our immediate requests for comment.
Maeve Ashbrook contributed to the reporting of this story