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By Lucas Thomae
On Saturday, Jan. 23, East Carolina University announced a cluster of COVID-19 cases within Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
A cluster is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more COVID-19 cases in close proximity to each other. This is the first cluster associated with Greek life that has been reported at ECU this semester.
ECU reported a total of 26 clusters last year, 15 of them associated with Greek life organizations. ECU’s large number of cases eventually forced them to go completely virtual and have students move off campus back in August.
In an effort to avoid a repeat of the fall, the school is implementing a more rigorous testing program and students living on campus will be in single-person dorms. According to ECU’s COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been 122 new student cases in the past seven days.
ECU has reported two other clusters in 2021, one connected to the baseball team and the other to the men’s basketball team. This most recent cluster is the first to be reported since spring classes started on Jan. 19. ●
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