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Nadia Bey


Test tubes for Duke's self-administered COVID-19 surveillance tests.

Duke, UNC study finds little evidence virus cases at NC universities spread beyond schools

Colleges’ decisions to reopen this fall have raised concerns that outbreaks on campus could lead to COVID-19 spreading in college towns. However, a recent geospatial analysis by researchers at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found little evidence that student cases of COVID-19 at a sample of North Carolina universities had spilled over into the wider community. 


Duke reaches settlement with Medical Center professor in discrimination lawsuit

Manal Abdelmalek, a tenured professor of medicine and Duke Medical Center physician, filed suit in July 2019 after allegedly being “subjected to discrimination on the basis of her gender and race/national origin,” according to the complaint. The case was settled by Aug. 13, 2020, after a mediated settlement conference in early August, according to case documents. 


Unlike students and some faculty and staff, Duke’s contract workers not yet included in surveillance testing

Duke’s surveillance testing program has not yet expanded to include contract workers, which one food service worker said shows a lack of care for those workers on the part of the University. According to Vice President for Administration Kyle Cavanaugh, surveillance testing will expand to include contract workers “as soon as the logistics can be worked out, which should be very soon."

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