RALEIGH, N.C. -- East Carolina University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte are moving courses online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
ECU announced Sunday it will move undergraduate courses online for the remainder of the fall semester, beginning Aug. 26.
Undergraduate classes are suspended Monday and Tuesday at ECU to adjust to the change in the schedule.
UNC at Charlotte will begin classes as scheduled on Sept. 7, but it's delaying the start of undergraduate and graduate in-person instruction for three weeks until Thursday, Oct. 1.
Separately, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Avery residence hall.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.