Coronavirus information for the Wingate community

7.9.2020: 1,577 cases reported in Union County.

Union County has developed an interactive map and dashboard with additional COVID-19 data.

To access from a desktop computer, click here. To access from a cell phone, click here.

Other cases in North Carolina

A Message from President Rhett Brown

This message was sent to students on May 6, 2020.

Hello, Bulldogs.

Here we are at the end of the academic year. It’s been interesting, to say the least.

I imagine your most challenging test this semester was not one you turned in to a professor. It’s the shelter-in-place life you’re now leading and the distance learning you’ve had to adapt to. It’s a testament to your fortitude and gumption that you have stuck with it, the end goal always in mind. I commend you for your effort.

Wingate’s professors, administrators and staffers have been working hard too, and we can’t wait to see you in the fall.

That’s right. As of now, we plan to teach in-person classes this fall.

Now, what that looks like we don’t yet know. Since this virus is still relatively new, information about how it behaves, its severity and its transmission is changing every day.

We will monitor the situation over the next couple of months, but as of now we’re planning to reopen, for in-person instruction, this fall.

Honestly, I can’t wait.

We also have to be realistic. If the virus flares back up over the summer or early fall, we have to be prepared. We are working on several contingency plans, so that we have a few options in our back pocket. Right now, here are our three primary options for fall instruction (these pertain primarily to undergraduates; graduate/professional information can be found below):

  1. In-person – This is our default plan. We are cautiously optimistic that in-person instruction will be a reality.

  2. Online only – One of Wingate University’s biggest strengths is that we’re a residential college. Classroom interaction, access to your professors, the connections you make in Starbucks or at athletic events – this is what makes Wingate special and gives you the most well-rounded education. Nevertheless, we have to keep distance learning open as an option. After the past couple of months, you probably know what this looks like. We had a few early hiccups, but overall our faculty did a great job of shifting to online education midstream this semester, and I feel certain we can refine our methods by the fall if it comes to that.

  3. Hybrid/flexible – With the HyFlex model, students can choose between attending class in-person or online. This also gives us flexibility in case of a coronavirus flare-up that leads to another evacuation of the school.

For those of you in graduate and professional programs, your deans are working on instruction methods that fit best with your individual programs, so your situation might look different from undergraduates’. We are trying to be flexible in order to meet the needs of a variety of students.

The options above might change as more information comes in. I plan to be back with another update in two weeks.

Another bit of good news: If you have suffered a hardship because of the coronavirus restrictions, we encourage you to apply for money from the CARES Act legislation, which set aside funding to help colleges and their students weather the storm. To see whether you qualify, visit our website.

Thank you for your time, and I can’t wait to see you soon.


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COVID-19 Community Spotlights

Kevin Wilson gathering COVID information

Kevin Wilson spent much of his career advising government agencies in Durham on infectious diseases. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has hit full-force, Wilson, from his dining-room table, has proved to be a valuable asset for EMS workers, hospitals and law enforcement.

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