Coronavirus Coverage

LIFESTYLE 10/20/20 12:04pm

Sixth annual Alamance Pride goes virtual

Every October since 2015, Alamance Pride, a nonprofit that serves the LGBTQIA community, has held an annual Pride festival in downtown Burlington, but this year’s sixth annual event was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

LIFESTYLE 10/20/20 9:58am

Quarantine's impact on mental health

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact with a positive case are required to quarantine. These students are in isolation to contain the spread of the virus. But as a result of their solitude, their mental health can face negative effects.   

NEWS 10/19/20 7:23pm

3 new coronavirus clusters identified at Elon University

Three additional coronavirus clusters have been identified at Elon University. Two of the clusters are located in freshman dorms, while another was identified in a sorority. According to Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee, the clusters are due to social gatherings.

NEWS 10/15/20 5:53pm

COVID-19 cluster linked to freshman dorm

Elon University reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. In an email to students, faculty and staff, chair of the Ready & Resilient Committee Jeff Stein said the spike in cases is related to a freshman residence hall. The Alamance County Health Department is reporting the cases as a cluster at East Neighborhood Building A residence hall. The outbreak has been traced to the first floor. 

NEWS 10/12/20 6:18pm

Elon University Spring Break uncertain

Depending on how the coronavirus has progressed in 2021, Elon University may have to re-evaluate whether students, faculty and staff will have a traditional or modified spring break. As of now, according to senior administration at the university, how spring break will be conducted is undecided. It is currently listed on the university's academic calendar as the traditional one week off.

SPORTS 10/7/20 1:05pm

Club fencing struggles with COVID guidelines

Despite Elon University providing recommendations to keep club sports on campus safe, one sport — club fencing — decided to suspend their operations right away. Will Holzman, senior and club fencing president, cited multiple reasons for why the club thought it was best to not hold a season.

NEWS 10/6/20 11:00am

Elon University moves down to Moderate Alert level

Elon University has moved back down to Level 2 — Moderate Alert, according to an email from Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee. The university had been in the High Alert Level since Sept. 21, after an outbreak in cases that caused the university to increase two alert levels in four days.

NEWS 10/2/20 11:05am

Homecoming goes virtual this year to keep community safe

The events hosted this year will range from virtual tours around campus to a town hall with President Connie Book. According to the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, Brian Feeley, the university is going to be using Zoom for most events, but will also take advantage of video reporting. 

NEWS 9/30/20 5:24pm

North Carolina to move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday

North Carolina will move “cautiously” to Phase 3 of reopening beginning on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press briefing today. The Phase 3 executive order will remain in effect until Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. It comes as the number of new coronavirus cases has leveled in North Carolina after a spike in August, according to Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen.

NEWS 9/30/20 10:38am

Elon University students concerned about socialization in Level 3 COVID-19 alert

In Level 3, the university is advising members of the community to adjust daily activities and limit social interactions to increase safety. For sophomore Stephanie Miljanic, the actions of the university are not socially sustainable and students are struggling with the lack of interaction. Miljanic felt that students are wondering what the long-term impacts on their interpersonal relations and mental health will be.

NEWS 9/26/20 4:13pm

Deep breaths: Air ventilation on campus upgraded

Physical Plant assessed each building’s unique heating, ventilation and air conditioning system over the summer, maximizing airflow while maintaining 40% to 60% humidity in each building, according to Flood. This level of humidity is ideal for limiting the spread of respiratory viruses, according to a recent study in the Annual Review of Virology.

NEWS 9/25/20 3:47pm

Dining moves to grab-and-go only

Starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, all on-campus Elon University dining will be grab-and-go through Sept. 30, according to an email for the Chair of the Ready & Resilient Committee Jeff Stein.