Source: Daily Tar Heel
Records obtained by the Daily Tar Heel show that UNC administration was warned months in advance by top UNC medical professionals about the risks posed by reopening dorms and on-campus instruction.
“I think we all assume we will SEE COVID this fall,” Dr. Myron Cohen wrote in a May 27 email. Cohen is an associate vice chancellor for Global Health and Medical Affairs at UNC and is a professor of epidemiology.
The email was sent around to faculty members at the school of public health and Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin were copied.
Guskiewicz was asked if they were expecting the amount of positive COVID-19 cases.
“Ultimately, we were surprised by the velocity and the magnitude of the spread. I am disappointed for our students who wanted to be here and who were diligently following our Community Standards both on and off campus. I thank our amazing students and faculty for their resilience, and I look forward to a time when we can return to a normal campus experience for everyone,” the chancellor said in the statement.