What did it cost to open, then close, UNC System schools? Millions, with more to come

"While the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cost the University of North Carolina System at least $220 million in lost revenue this semester, universities also spent millions more to get their campuses ready for students on Aug. 10.

But just days later, UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State sent many students home and reverted to remote instruction for all undergraduates after clusters of COVID-19 cases appeared in dorms, fraternity houses and among athletes.

UNC had spent at least $712,000 on precautions intended to make it safe for students, faculty and staff to return to campus for a mix of in-person and remote instruction. University spokeswoman Leslie Minton said in an email to The News & Observer that the money went to:" …