Updated Jan. 21, at 11:55 p.m.

With Winter Term classes now underway, students are quickly adjusting to a January semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Before beginning classes, students are required to take a rapid antigen test. Meanwhile, Alamance County and North Carolina continue to see higher numbers of reported cases than when students were last on campus in November. 

Elon University

On Thursday, Jan. 21, Elon University reported 12 new case of the coronavirus. There are currently an estimated 40 active cases within the Elon community. 

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 at Level 1 - Moderate alert of its COVID-19 alert system.  

Elon University data from the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

  Known positive cases on-campus   

January 16, 2021: One undergraduate in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
January 15, 2021: One employee
January 14, 2021: Two undergraduates in off-campus housing, one undergraduate in on-campus housing and one employee
January 13 2021: Five undergraduates in off-campus housing and three undergraduates in on-campus housing
January 12, 2021: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one employee
January 10, 2021: Seven undergraduates in off-campus housing and two undergraduates in on-campus housing
January 9, 2021: One graduate student
January 8, 2021: Two graduate students
January 7, 2021: Four graduate students, four undergraduate students in on-campus housing and one employee
January 6, 2021: Two graduate students and one undergraduate student in off-campus housing
January 5, 2021: One graduate student
January 4, 2021: One employee
December 11, 2020: One undergraduate in off-campus housing and one employee
December 10, 2020: One undergraduate in off-campus housing
December 9, 2020: Eight employees and one undergraduate student in off-campus housing
December 8, 2020: Two employees and one undergraduate student in on-campus housing
December 7, 2020: Three employees
December 6, 2020: Two students in on-campus housing
December 5, 2020: One employee
December 4, 2020: One employee
December 2, 2020: Two undergraduates in on-campus housing
December 1, 2020: Two undergraduates in on-campus housing, one undergraduate in off-campus housing and two graduate students
November 30, 2020: Four undergraduates in off-campus housing, two undergraduates in on-campus housing, two graduate students and one employeeNovember 29, 2020: One undergraduate in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 26, 2020: One undergraduate in on-campus housingNovember 24, 2020: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 25, 2020: Eleven undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one employee
November 24, 2020: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 23, 2020: Five undergraduates in off-campus housing and four undergraduates in on-campus housing
November 22, 2020: Eight undergraduates in on-campus housing and six undergraduates in off-campus housing
November 21, 2020: Thirteen undergraduates in on-campus housing and six undergraduates in off-campus housing
November 20, 2020: Sixteen undergraduates in on-campus housing, eleven undergraduates in off-campus housing and one employee
November 19, 2020: Seven undergraduates in on-campus housing and two undergraduates in off-campus housing
November 18, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 17, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and two employees
November 16, 2020: Two undergraduates in off-campus housing
November 15, 2020: One undergraduate in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 14, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing and one employee
November 13, 2020: Three employees, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one undergraduate in on-campus housing
November 12, 2020: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 11, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing and one employee
November 10, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing, one undergraduate in off-campus housing and one graduate student
November 9, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 8, 2020: Three undergraduates in off-campus housing and two undergraduates in on-campus housing
November 7. 2020: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing
November 6, 2020: Nine undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one graduate student
November 5, 2020: Three undergraduates in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
November 4, 2020: Six undergraduates in on-campus housing and five candidates in off-campus housing
November 3, 2020: Four undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one graduate student
November 2, 2020: Five undergraduates in off-campus housing and three undergraduates in on-campus housing
November 1, 2020: Eight undergraduates in on-campus housing and eight undergraduates in off-campus housing
October 31, 2020: Sixteen undergraduates in on-campus housing and twelve undergraduates in off-campus housing
October 30, 2020: Ten undergraduates in on-campus housing and six undergraduates in off-campus housing
October 28, 2020: 29 undergraduates in off-campus housing, 23 undergraduates in on-campus housing, one graduate student and one employee
October 27, 2020: 18 undergraduates in off-campus housing, 10 undergraduates in on-campus housing and one employee
October 26, 2020: 13 undergraduates in off-campus housing and six undergraduates in on-campus housing
October 25, 2020: 19 undergraduates in off-campus housing, 12 undergraduates in on-campus housing and one employee
October 24, 2020: 37 undergraduates in off-campus housing and 24 undergraduates in on-campus housing
October 23, 2020: 38 undergraduates in off-campus housing and six undergraduates in on-campus housing
October 22, 2020: 10 undergraduates in off-campus housing
October 21, 2020: Seven undergraduates in on-campus housing and 12 in off-campus housing
October 20, 2020: Five undergraduates in on-campus housing and five undergraduates in off-campus housing
October 19, 2020: 12 undergraduates in on-campus housing
October 18, 2020: 12 students in on-campus housing
October 17, 2020: One undergraduate in on-campus housing and one undergraduate in off-campus housing
October 16, 2020: Four undergraduates in on-campus housing, two undergraduates in off-campus housing and one employee
October 15, 2020: Fourteen undergraduates in on-campus housing, one undergraduate in off-campus housing, one graduate student in off-campus housing and one staff member
October 14, 2020: One student
October 13, 2020: Four students
October 12, 2020: Three students, two employees
October 11, 2020: One student
October 10, 2020: Two students
October 9, 2020: Two students
October 7, 2020: Two students, one employee
October 6, 2020: Four students
October 5, 2020: Two students, one employee
October 4, 2020: Four students
October 2, 2020: Two students
October 1, 2020: Five students, one employee
September 30, 2020: Three students, one employee
September 29, 2020: Two students
September 28, 2020: One student, three employees
September 27, 2020: Five students
September 26, 2020: Seven students
September 25, 2020: 13 students
September 24, 2020: 14 students
September 23, 2020: 22 students, two employees
September 22, 2020: Six students
September 21, 2020: Eight students
September 20, 2020: 10 students
September 19, 2020: 10 students, two employees
September 18, 2020: 32 students
September 17, 2020: 25 students
September 16, 2020: Two students
September 15, 2020: Four students, one employee
September 14, 2020: Four students
September 12, 2020: One student
September 11, 2020: Four students
September 10, 2020: Three students
September 5, 2020: One student
September 4, 2020: Four students
September 2, 2020: Two students
September 1, 2020: Two students
August 31, 2020: Four students, one employee
August 30, 2020: Student
August 28, 2020: Two students
August 27, 2020: Student
August 26, 2020: Two students
August 22, 2020: Student
August 21, 2020: Student
August 20, 2020: Student
August 19, 2020: Student
August 15, 2020: Student
August 9, 2020: Staff member
July 21, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing
July 11, 2020: Three undergraduate students, one in on-campus housing and two in off-campus housing
June 27, 2020: Staff member
June 24, 2020: Staff member
June 18, 2020: Staff member
June 13, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing
May 29, 2020: Undergraduate student, on-campus housing


Since Jan. 1, 2021, Elon University has reported a cumulative 76 cases on campus. Throughout the fall semester, the university reported nearly 900 coronavirus cases among students, faculty and staff. More than 10% of students contracted the virus during this period. 



Gathering limits in the Town of Elon remain in place. This includes a limit of 10 people gathering indoors and 25 people gathering outdoors. 

Testing

For Winter Term and the spring semester, Elon University will ramp up coronavirus testing to help detect the presence of the virus in the campus community. 

According to university spokesman Owen Covington, undergraduate students will be tested every week beginning the week of Jan. 18. 

Alamance County

Currently, Alamance County has a cumulative 13,718 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 200 deaths, according to the Alamance County Health Department

As of Jan. 13, 4,872 people have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 478 people have been fully vaccinated.

Outside of Alamance, Mecklenburg County, home to the state’s largest city Charlotte, has seen over 76,000 cases of coronavirus, more than any other county in the state. When factoring in population, Hyde County, located in eastern North Carolina, has seen the most cases, per 10,000 residents in the state.


North Carolina

There have been 698,099 cumulative cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina as of Jan. 21.

Across the state 238,344 people have received the first dose of the vaccine and 44,271 people have been fully vaccinated. Currently, the state is entering phase 1b, group 1 of vaccine distribution. This includes anyone 75 years or older. College and university students are currently scheduled to get vaccinated in phase 3. 




North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has extended a modified stay at home order through at least Friday, Jan. 29. This order require North Carolina residents to remain in their home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless traveling for work, grocery shopping, seeking medical attention or other essential service. 

Certain businesses like entertainment venues, parks must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Restaurants and bars must also close for in-person dining between those hours. Additionally, bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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.