Monday numbers: UNC-Chapel Hill’s planned return to campus

Monday numbers: UNC-Chapel Hill’s planned return to campus

- in COVID-19, Higher Ed, Top Story

As the 17 schools in the UNC System prepare to bring students back to campuses this fall, each is making its own plans on how to do so as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Much of the focus, however, is on UNC-Chapel Hill, the system’s flagship campus, which last month launched the “Carolina Together” website to share details from its “Roadmap for Fall 2020.” The school intends to return to on-campus instruction Aug. 10. How it deals with the challenge of returning students is likely to set the tone for many of the system’s smaller schools.

As students, staff and faculty all express concerns over whether the school can safely resume on-campus living and in-person instruction, we take a by-the-numbers look at the issue.

(Numbers are approximate. Sources: UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC System office, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)

19,000 — number of undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill

11,000 — of graduate and professional students

4,000 — of faculty members

8,700 — of non-faculty staff

8,500 — number of UNC-CH students who live on campus

7 — number of days over which student residents will return to campus, from Aug. 3 – Aug.9

32 — number of on-campus residence halls

2 —  of apartment communities (1 undergraduate, 1 graduate)

2 — number of on-campus residence halls to be used to separate students exposed to COVID-19 (Craige North residence hall) and those who test positive (Parker residence hall)

50 — number of full time housing staff

400 — of student employees of UNC Housing

10 — number of people Chapel Hill Transit says it can carry on one bus with appropriate social distancing measures.

30,000 — number of passenger trips Chapel Hill Transit usually logs per day; staggered shifts and class schedules may be necessary during peak travel  times if social distancing measures are still needed in August, Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield suggested Friday.

635-plus — number of individuals to sign on thus far to a UNC-Chapel Hill instructor petition calling  for mandatory measures, like COVID-19 testing, social distancing and mask rules, and the option to teach online-only in the fall

921 — the single day total of new COVID-19 cases reported in North Carolina on Sunday, June 7 (down slightly from Saturday, when the state recorded 1,370 cases — a third straight record-high day)

35,546 — total number of lab confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina reported as of Sunday, June 7

1,028 — total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in North Carolina as of Sunday, June 7.

696 — number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in North Carolina, as recorded on June 7 (down slightly from 708 on Saturday and a new record high of 717 on Friday)