Dear Caroline Community,

This week, we’re sharing information about masks and reminders. Over the past seven days, we have had a symptomatic positivity rate of 33.7% at Campus Health and 14.7% at CTTP. For comparison, the positivity rate at UNC Health for symptomatic patients in the past seven days is 43%. The cases Campus Health is seeing continue to have mild to moderate symptoms.

Masks

COVID-19 Community Standards continue to require a mask indoors, and masks are recommended for large gatherings outdoors. There are a variety of masks available for your protection, and all masks, regardless of type, are most effective when worn correctly with a snug fit around the chin and nose. We’ve added some graphics to Carolina Together on proper mask fit and what to consider when choosing a mask for your needs.

The White House announcement they are distributing 400 million N95 masks to local pharmacies and community health centers to be freely available to the public. Beginning Monday, January 31, the Orange County Health Department will distribute masks at two locations, the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough and the Interfaith Council for Social Services in Carrboro.

boosters

As of yesterday, 8,182 students, faculty and staff have reported having received their booster injection. The best tool against COVID-19 and the omicron variant is up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination

Remember, when you attest to your booster shot on the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Form, you are now eligible to receive a Carolina Together Ambassador Program Golden Ticket and be entered into a sweepstakes for exciting prizes. , including 100 $25 gift cards to UNC Student Stores, tickets to the UNC vs. Syracuse men’s basketball game on Feb. 28, a set of Nike apparel and more. Get your booster and complete the COVID-19 vaccine certification form before 3 p.m. February 18 to enter.

Once again, thank you to everyone who is doing their part in the fight against the spread of the virus. We are grateful for your hard work and dedication.

Truly,

The Carolina Together Testing Program Team