Updated October 20, at 7:29 p.m.

Elon University

On Tuesday, there were 19 new coronavirus cases. Currently, there are 69 estimated active cases in the campus community. 

On Oct. 18, Elon University elevated its COVID-19 alert to Level 2 – moderate alert. This comes after a coronavirus cluster was reported in the East Neighborhood Building A on Thursday.  Three additional clusters were reported Monday. 

Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee, told Elon News Network on Thursday said the alert level could go up following the cluster.

“We want people to know and be aware and sort of ready that it could go up,” Stein said in an interview with Elon News Network. “We don’t want anyone to be shocked.”

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


Known positive cases on-campus


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

As of Aug. 26, the university dashboard now reflects the number of off-campus students in isolation.

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 in Alert Level 2, which is referred to as the “moderate” alert.

Alamance County

Currently, Alamance County has a cumulative 4,852 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 72 deaths. For every 10,000 residents in the county there are over 286 cases, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Outside of Alamance, Mecklenburg County, home to the state’s largest city Charlotte, has seen over 32,000 cases of coronavirus, more than any other county in the state. When factoring in population, McDowell County, located an 30 minutes east of Asheville, has seen the most cases, per 10,000 residents, in the state.

North Carolina

There have been 250,592 cumulative cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina as of Oct. 21.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Oct. 21 that Phase 3 will be extended for three weeks.

North Carolina moved into Phase 3 of reopening on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.

Phase 3 will allow many entertainment venues to open at a limited capacity. 

Bars and nightclubs can operate outdoors with a 30% or 100 customer maximum capacity, depending on whichever is less. Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 can operate at 7% capacity, and outdoor amusement parks can operate at 30% capacity. Movie theaters and indoor music halls will also be allowed to open at 30% or 100 customer maximum capacity, depending on whichever is less. 

Gatherings in the town of Elon will remain capped at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. According to Town Manager Richard Roedner, the emergency order limiting social gatherings was important to keep cases of the coronavirus low at Elon University.

“I believe that North Carolina can do this safely,” Cooper said. “But so I’m clear, every gathering carries the risk of spreading this disease.”

Many previous guidelines will carry over into Phase 3, and Cooper emphasized that the at-risk population is still safer at home.

The North Carolina face mask mandate is still in effect, and mass gatherings will remain capped at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

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. 

Below are the latest case numbers from the campus of Elon University,  Alamance County and the state of North Carolina. 

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