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State universities, including those on the coast, are adapting to minimize the impact of COVID-19, with many extending spring breaks and moving to alternatives to in-person instruction.
The University of North Carolina System announced Wednesday that all 17 institutions will remain open but transition by March 23 to an alternative to in-person instruction. Additionally, any large gathering will be canceled or postponed unless otherwise authorized.
Duke University Marine Lab: The Nicholas School will extend its spring break for an additional week and courses will resume on March 23 online at their regularly scheduled time.
East Carolina University: ECU’s main and Outer Banks campuses, including Coastal Studies Institute, will remain open and operational. Spring Break has been extended through March 20 and alternative delivery classes will begin by March 23.
Elizabeth City State University: Spring break, which begins Tuesday, has been extended to March 30. Remote instruction for the majority of courses will begin March 30 and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.
North Carolina State University CMAST: Classes will resume March 23. The university is to transition to online and alternative course delivery where possible, to limit large class gatherings. Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, CMAST, in Morehead City is a part of N.C. State.
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences: Spring break is extended through March 22 and remote instruction for the majority of courses will begin the week of March 23.
University of North Carolina Wilmington: Spring break has been extended and instruction will resume on March 23 through alternative means.
There are 12 known positive cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina as of a Thursday morning press release from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Roy Cooper declared Tuesday a state of emergency, which makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds.