NC State Pauses All Athletics, Clears Out Dorms After COVID-19 Clusters

NC State has paused all athletic activities after a spike in COVID-19 cases, and the school is asking students to move out of on-campus housing.

Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a reduction in campus housing today. Woodson says the school was hopeful it could keep residence halls open, but a spike in new coronavirus cases “made our current situation untenable.”

Last week, NC State transitioned its remaining in-person and hybrid classes to fully-online models after coronavirus cases increased. Woodson referenced reports of large off-campus parties associated with COVID-19 clusters that affected at least seven Greek houses (fraternities and sororities), among other students.

Now, NC State has instructed all students living on-campus to schedule a move-out date before September 6. The announcement references potential exceptions that students could be granted, but it’s unclear what the reducing of dorm housing will mean for student-athletes living on campus.

In the short term, though, student-athletes will also be affected by a pause in all athletics-related activities. ESPN reports that the school identified 27 positive COVID cases within the athletic department. The school’s announcement doesn’t give any specific timeline for how long the pause will remain in effect, only noting that the school will work with “all appropriate parties to evaluate the most responsible path moving forward and will provide further details when available.”

NC State is the latest in a growing list of schools to adjust academic or athletic plans this fall based on the coronavirus pandemic. A few of the more recent announcements:

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Bubbles
1 year ago

Seams realistic, 27 cases shut down the university of 34,415.

TheSwammer
Reply to  Bubbles
1 year ago

But we all know how quickly 27 can double and so on and so forth, especially when you have college students blatantly disregarding all safety measures in place.

Leslie
Reply to  TheSwammer
1 year ago

Double to 54 out 34,415… now that’s scary stuff

Virtus
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

No way you just said that 💀

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

Obviously confused by the “and so on and so forth.”

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago
Anti-Illini
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

Time to give up the goat,bruh. You are peddling misinformation. Hiswimcoach you are a joke. Go be average somewhere else

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Anti-Illini
1 year ago

Have fun in your echo chamber anti Illini. Only read things that agree with your POV.

Coach
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

That’s all anyone does in the comment section.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Anti-Illini
1 year ago

Average? He’s average only among caliber of right wing American simplistic angry males. That group is an absolute laughingstock by global standards

Corn Pop
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Maybe If you guys stopped transferring it around the country . Like put up state borders for a few months , No exceptions ?
Think about it . Not only could you contain it intra state as per State’s preferred method but Fed’s could not send in officers . I presume not you Awsi to be a vandal of Federal Property as I know you will chain yourself to the nearest post box .

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Don’t worry corn pop.

Joe Biden promises to make masking a federal order (and presumably a federal crime if you don’t mask). And he promises he’ll lock the whole country down if an expert tells him to.

I feel safer already!

Eye Roll
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

What do you gain from pushing your propaganda on a swim site? If you really coach, your swimmer don’t seem like they would be safe based on your views.

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Eye Roll
1 year ago

CNN: 70 cases in an event attended by 1/2 million people (Sturgis) is a “super-spreader” event. That’s what I would call propaganda. This is the type of propaganda we should all be fighting.

This is the next battle to win: The Case-demic. In schools, work, church, sports. Convince people through data, that the focus should be hosps & fatalities only.

Vanilla Gorilla
Reply to  Eye Roll
1 year ago

It’s an attempt to “red pill” Swimswam as he gleefully commented a few weeks ago. Normalizing his tangential responses and Qanonsense. Attempting to gain legitimacy for total BS. Some social media platforms have wised up and are deplatforming these loonies. They’ve gone from 4chan to 8chan to 8kun to Parler. I’m surprised he is still allowed on here. If you want to ruin your day, look up what they did (and still do) to Comet Pizza.

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Vanilla Gorilla
1 year ago

Censorship is the mark of a democratic society!

My “Qanon” activity on this thread involved posting an article from the NFL and questioning a CNN article.

Last edited 1 year ago by HISWIMCOACH
Nurse who swims
Reply to  Eye Roll
1 year ago

Most daily viewers and commenters on this site are life long swimmers. We see the world through the lense of a swimmer. We enjoy talking to other swimmers about both swimming and non swimming things. Like any other visitor to this site, HISWIMCOACH visits this site to connect with the swimming community. Is HISWIMCOACH not allowed to share his commentary with other members of the swim community regarding an issue that has seriously impacted the sport of swimming? I’m sure HISWIMCOACH (and most visitors to this site) would rather log onto SwimSwam to read about an NCAA dual meet rather than a school shutting down due to COVID. Unfortunately, the virus has infiltrated all aspects of our lives, including work,… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago

good thing leadership knows people’s health > HISWIMCOACH feelings

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 year ago

Leadership? Trump has become completely unhinged.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

President Donald J Trump is our amazing leader – FOUR MORE YEARS!

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 year ago
Nurse who swims
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

It appears that Leslie is not overly concerned about Covid. Is it offensive for Leslie to express his or her lack of concern for the virus?

Swimmer A
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

Ok, now double that number again, and again, and again. Double that 10 times and 54 cases becomes over 55,000 cases. Exponential growth is a power thing.

Ghost
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

Remember when USA only had one death from Covid? And now?

Andy Dufresne
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

“Get busy living, or get busy dying”

PhillyMark
Reply to  Andy Dufresne
1 year ago

i was in the path of the covid, i just didnt expect it to last as long as it has

Yabo
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

Do you understand how logistic growth works? Or are you just intentionally being ignorant

Hank
Reply to  TheSwammer
1 year ago

Swammer, stop regurgitating CNN. How many of those 27 cases required hospitalizations or ICUs? Cases alone are not a valid metric for deciding to stay open or closed.

meeeee
Reply to  TheSwammer
1 year ago

Maybe the point here is what did they expect? why bring kids back to school if 27 cases closes it down? Purely economics? they had to have known that there would many cases.

Matt
Reply to  Bubbles
1 year ago

It’s over 500. 27 is just within athletics.

Barry
Reply to  Matt
1 year ago

Do you have a source for this? The only 500 number I found says 500 tests. I can’t actually find a total number of positives – I see like “63 more” here and “30 more” there, etc, just spread out between different releases.

Last edited 1 year ago by Barry
Barry
Reply to  Matt
1 year ago

Thanks!

swimfan210_
Reply to  Bubbles
1 year ago

It’s called exponential growth. Very quickly, more and more people will get infected, and it will be easier for an uninfected person to get infected…you know.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 year ago

How many of these infected people have died?

Swimfan
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Or even shown symptoms?

SwimMom
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Isn’t it just as important to ask, how many will spread in the community, further perpetuating this cycle that we all want to get out of?

Liability. Colleges close because of liability issues as well, we know parents will sue IF their kid gets sick and has long term effects.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

Eradication is virtually an impossible goal.

Admin
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

Regarding the liability, we have to now pile on that schools aren’t allowed to make student-athletes sign liability waivers as a term of their participation.

The student-athletes asked for that.

SwimMom
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Exactly. How can we blame the schools for closing in this litigious society? Most of the people who advocate for opening will be the first ones to sue

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

“Most of the people who advocate for opening will be the first.ones to sue”? Is that fact or your opinion simply stated as though is is fact?

meeeee
Reply to  SwimMom
1 year ago

It won’t go away by isolating. that has been proven and we can’t put every person in their own bubble for 2 weeks at the same time. Mitigation works (masks, cleaning, quarantining, etc.) but will never, ever stop it. What NY and Sweden results have suggested is we need a seropositivity of about 15-20%. Then it appears to die down (but not go away completely). And in this case it would be best (to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths) to get the 15-20% in healthier people like HS and college students. If not it will keep this slow spread and put more and more of the vulnerable (elderly, immunocompromised) will contract the virus. At least that is the… Read more »

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  meeeee
1 year ago

Awesome post!

Snarky
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Tell your grandma that.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

My grandma is no longer here – thank you very much

HeadTimer
Reply to  Bubbles
1 year ago

From an Indy Week story about shutting the dorms:  21 clusters (five or more connected cases) have been reported since classes began and at least 501 students have tested positive for the virus in addition to 45 faculty members. I live in NC and that is all we know for now; there are likely more.

HeadTimer
Reply to  HeadTimer
1 year ago

1200 students were in quarantine – in the first 2 weeks of classes.

Leslie
Reply to  HeadTimer
1 year ago

https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/testing-and-tracking/

501 students positive since March
116 students positive this week

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

Honest question – How many of the 501 students who tested positive have died since March?

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Thanks what I though ZERO!!!!

Concerned Parent
1 year ago

If they have to refund all the students room and board that could be a HUGE problem financially for the university.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

This is all so stupidly predictable. Might as well put college kids on a cruise ship with an open bar.

OG Prodigy
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Sounds like a good time, where do we sign up?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  OG Prodigy
1 year ago

At the RNC.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Yes ask Rand Paul and his wife.

swimfan210_
1 year ago

At this point I think every school should just go virtual. We can’t trust these kids to be serious about safety measures.

Swimfan
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 year ago

It’s ridiculous to expect anything else. They know they are not likely to have any serious issues from this virus. And they are living their life or trying to. If we had let them do this in March we’d be past it by now.

Dr. JB
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 year ago

LISTEN: Every school is living in fear. Yes it will spread! Let it! Top virologists in Texas and DC say the virus has weakened. Testing kits are not valid to the point they are registering a simple cold virus.
Stop freaking out about every case that is registered as “Covid”. Our immune systems are weakening by the week with all the isolation. No matter when students go back… they will get sick! Maybe not with Covid…. but they get sick with colds, the flu, mono, etc.
Why didn’t we shut down college campuses when the Norovirus hit? Why didn’t we shut down campuses when H1N1 hit?
Fine you don’t want to go back? Don’t. I can respect… Read more »

SwimMom
Reply to  Dr. JB
1 year ago

Are you assuming the liability that these schools will have to take on? I’m sure they would appreciate that

Me Name
Reply to  Dr. JB
1 year ago

i really wonder how many of these people, like this DR and HISWIMCOACH are just trolls.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Me Name
1 year ago

Definition of “trolls” by some on this site = Any person who takes a counter position to the opinions of others.

Admin
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Ok sure, but you were a troll on this site for years before the COVID-era, by any definition of the word. It’s pretty clear that you quite relish that roll, in fact.

Bossanova
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

We all mature at some point. Well maybe not all of us, but we should!

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Bossanova
1 year ago

I wonder when the good Dr. is attending his next COVID-19 party?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

What a wonderful compliment! I am grateful for the opportunity of posting my contrary opinions which challenge mediocre thinkers beyond their capacity.

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Me Name
1 year ago

Dr. Quack

Joejoe
Reply to  Dr. JB
1 year ago

Stop listening to the media? What do you think you’re speaking on? A social media site of swim news. Don’t make a comment if you don’t want anyone to “listen to it.” 🥺

Dr.JB
1 year ago

LISTEN: Every school is living in fear. Yes it will spread! Let it! Top virologists in Texas and DC say the virus has weakened. Testing kits are not valid to the point they are registering a simple cold virus.
Stop freaking out about every case that is registered as “Covid”. Our immune systems are weakening by the week with all the isolation. No matter when students go back… they will get sick! Maybe not with Covid…. but they get sick with colds, the flu, mono, etc.
Why didn’t we shut down college campuses when the Norovirus hit? Why didn’t we shut down campuses when H1N1 hit?
Fine you don’t want to go back? Don’t. I can respect… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dr.JB
1 year ago

“Dr.”

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Tell em Doc!

Free Thinker
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Who doesn’t know the difference between “coarse” and “course.”

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Free Thinker
1 year ago

An international person fluent in 6 languages for whom English is a secondary language sometimes confuses our language.

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

I think you forgot to switch usernames

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
1 year ago

Paranoia much?

PsychoDad
Reply to  Dr.JB
1 year ago

hahahaha… If you just signed up as Dr. J I would count this post as a missed layup. But, doctor you are not. Anyway, did you notice information above that 45 faculty got infected. I don’t know if that is true or not but we would/will end up with many staff and faculty sick and some dead. How many dead faculty is a tolerable number for you, to enjoy football or swimming? If one of them is your wife or husband and they die, would you still think it was worth it? Don’t be stupid.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  PsychoDad
1 year ago

So you KNOW FOR A FACT that “some” of the 45 faculty will die from Covid-19? Is that scare speculation on your part or are you a Medical Actuary?

Leslie
Reply to  PsychoDad
1 year ago

46 employees now tested positive, since March. That’s one more than yesterday.
.5% of staff positive. Frightening stuff indeed.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

HOW MANY of the 46 employees have died?

Eye Roll
Reply to  Dr.JB
1 year ago

Doctor of what exactly?

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Eye Roll
1 year ago

Propaganda

HeadTimer
Reply to  Dr.JB
1 year ago

And who are these “top virologists?” Is the demon sperm lady one of them?

HeadTimer
1 year ago

The lack of concern for public health – heck, the lack humanity in general – in many of these comments is deeply disturbing.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  HeadTimer
1 year ago

Live FREE or die

NC Fan
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Freedom comes with significant responsibilities. If you want to use trite comments, how about ‘Freedom isn’t free.’ While that is bandied about for our military it applies to all of us as well. Freedom is a shared outcome that can’t be enjoyed purely individually when it brings negative outcomes on many in society. Just think about everyone around you and we could beat this quickly. Keep putting individual ‘liberty’ above Our collective freedom and we’re stuck in this stupid purgatory.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

I absolutely agree with some of your sentiments. “Freedom is never free”. Live free or die is not a trite comment. It is an official motto of one NE State and was the battle cry of many indigenous groups for centuries.

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Yeah! Screw any automobile laws too! While we’re at it, let’s let felons, minors, and underage kids buy AR-15s! Laws are an inherent restriction on my freedom! ANARCHY!!!!

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
1 year ago

Re: Automobile laws I assume you NEVER break the law by exceeding speed limits?? No way let minors or felons purchase AR-15 weapon. I, in fact own an AR-15, as is my constitutional right.

Vanilla Gorilla
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
1 year ago

Concern for others and public health is tyranny!!! I do what I want and my grammy gonna die next. woohoo

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Vanilla Gorilla
1 year ago

Concern for others and public health are necessary in our society.

Jolyn
1 year ago

School sending students home meaning all these who may be infected are traveling. Why not just quarantine in their dorms and go online for a while???

In March all the college kids were sent back and traveled home. Could this be one of the virus spreading reasons at that time?

clown alert
Reply to  Jolyn
1 year ago

Yes. Either you might have had it at school and brought it home and spread it or were safe at school and potentially exposing yourself by going home.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Jolyn
1 year ago

How exactly do you quarantine in dorms? Let alone the difficulty with enforcing it among a bunch of 18-22 year olds, you’ve got things like food and mail (food to eat and mail to get the other things they might need) which are generally housed in different buildings than the dorms.

Yup
1 year ago

NC State has sports?

NC Fan
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

Only sports that cost money and not sports that make money.

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