The University of North Carolina system is reportedly planning to reopen its campus and return to in-person classes this fall, according to a local news outlet. UNC System Interim President Bill Roper revealed the news while in a meeting with the Board of Governors.
While exact details and safety measures have not been revealed, Roper expressed positivity and said a full plan to reopen will come by the end of the month.
“We are optimistic, leaning in and expecting our students faculty and staff to return to classrooms, labs and libraries this fall,” Roper told the UNC Board of Governors, per the report. “…We will be ready for any set of circumstances that may prevail.”
The news comes at a time where there is growing optimism that college sports will return in the fall and more and more states continue to slowly reopen.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 92,300 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.