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Live Coronavirus Updates

Tracking the impact of the pandemic on higher education

As the Omicron variant spreads, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. The Chronicle is tracking developments across higher ed here. Read on for live updates and information.

Posts from Live Coronavirus Updates

Howard U. Goes Online Due to Covid Spike

Students at the historically Black college in Washington, D.C., will finish their spring-semester classes remotely.

Some Colleges Reinstate Mask Mandates Just Weeks After Removing Them

A handful of universities are bringing back the requirements in response to an uptick in campus Covid-19 caseloads.

U. of Oregon Says the Era of 100% Flexible Attendance Policies Is Over

The announcement comes as many colleges are ending their mask mandates and returning to fully in-person classes.

Students With Covid-19 Should Be Required to Test Out of Isolation, College Health Association Says

As the Omicron variant drives up cases on campus, colleges have been confused about changing guidance, particularly on how long infected people should quarantine.

‘The Data Is Kind of Useless’: U. of Florida Stops Updating Its Covid-19 Dashboard

The professor who leads the university’s testing program says the dashboard no longer provides an accurate picture of the disease’s transmission on campus.

Cloth Masks Won’t Cut It: Some Universities Now Require More-Protective Face Coverings

Three institutions have announced they’ll require KN95, N95, or surgical masks to be worn on campus to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

As Omicron Looms, These Colleges Will Start Their January Classes Online

Many experts fear the current large wave of infections will crest in the new year, just as many students are returning for the start of term.

More Campuses Go Remote Amid Rising Cases and Evidence of Omicron

Following Cornell’s announcement Tuesday morning, Princeton, New York, and George Washington Universities announced similar plans.

Dozens of Colleges Revoke Employee-Vaccination Requirements

After a federal judge temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s order, some colleges are rolling back their requirements.

The American College Health Association Is Out With New Covid Guidelines. Here’s What They Say.

The association leans strongly in favor of vaccinating as many people on campus as possible but isn’t yet recommending a booster mandate.
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