Duke reported its second COVID-19 cluster of the semester on Monday among five graduate students who attended a birthday party.
The party took place at the off-campus BullHouse Apartments on East Pettigrew Street, according to a Duke news release. The five students who have contracted the virus are in isolation, while contact tracers have identified other people who might have had close contact with an infected person.
A cluster is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more linked COVID-19 cases taking place within a 14-day period. Duke officials have informed the Durham County Department of Public Health of the cluster, according to the release.
Duke reported its first cluster of the semester, among five students in the Berkshire Ninth Street apartment complex, last month. There was a cluster last semester among nine students in the Solis apartment complex.