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Over 100 Students, Staff Test Positive at Duke


More than 100 students, faculty, and staff at Duke University have tested positive for COVID-19.

A majority of these students and staff were vaccinated, the North Carolina university disclosed. Of 113 active cases, 100 are students, while 13 are faculty and staff.

Only 1 percent of the nearly 10,000 tests administered on campus last week came back positive, the university’s COVID dashboard said.

Duke is one of nearly 750 colleges and universities in the US requiring proof of vaccination for students and visitors. In addition to getting vaccinated, students and staff are also required to wear face masks indoors and maintain social distancing.

Duke’s Vice President for Public Affairs Michael Schoenfeld said the spike could be traced to many indoor events at bars and restaurants in Durham. 

North Carolina reported nearly 3,700 new coronavirus cases on Monday. The number of hospitalizations has also been on the rise, owing to a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant.

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