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
27 days ago

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

TheSwammer
Reply to  Bubbles
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Virtus
Reply to  Leslie
27 days ago

No way you just said that 💀

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Virtus
27 days ago

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

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
27 days ago
Anti-Illini
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Coach
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
27 days ago

That’s all anyone does in the comment section.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Anti-Illini
27 days 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
27 days 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
27 days 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
27 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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 26 days ago by HISWIMCOACH
Nurse who swims
Reply to  Eye Roll
26 days 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
26 days ago

good thing leadership knows people’s health > HISWIMCOACH feelings

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Blackflag82
25 days ago

Leadership? Trump has become completely unhinged.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
25 days ago

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

Smith-King--Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
25 days ago
Nurse who swims
Reply to  Virtus
27 days 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
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Andy Dufresne
Reply to  Ghost
27 days ago

“Get busy living, or get busy dying”

PhillyMark
Reply to  Andy Dufresne
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Hank
Reply to  TheSwammer
27 days 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
26 days 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
27 days ago

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

Barry
Reply to  Matt
27 days 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 27 days ago by Barry
Barry
Reply to  Matt
26 days ago

Thanks!

swimfan210_
Reply to  Bubbles
27 days 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_
27 days ago

How many of these infected people have died?

Swimfan
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
27 days ago

Or even shown symptoms?

SwimMom
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
27 days 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
27 days ago

Eradication is virtually an impossible goal.

Admin
Reply to  SwimMom
27 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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
26 days ago

Awesome post!

Snarky
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
27 days ago

Tell your grandma that.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Snarky
26 days ago

My grandma is no longer here – thank you very much

HeadTimer
Reply to  Bubbles
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Leslie
Reply to  HeadTimer
27 days ago

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

501 students positive since March
116 students positive this week

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Leslie
26 days ago

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

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
25 days ago

Thanks what I though ZERO!!!!

Concerned Parent
27 days ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
27 days 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
27 days ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  OG Prodigy
27 days ago

At the RNC.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
25 days ago

Yes ask Rand Paul and his wife.

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