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University of Vermont Mandates Indoor Masking for All Faculty, Staff and Students

University of Vermont Mandates Indoor Masking for All Faculty, Staff and Students

“We will continue to monitor the rate of cases on campus, in Vermont, and across the region and will adjust this requirement if conditions warrant”

I fully expect more schools to do this before the beginning of the fall semester.

The Vermont Digger reports:

University of Vermont mandates indoor masking

The University of Vermont is stepping up its response to rising Covid-19 case rates.

In an email to faculty and staff sent late Thursday, university officials said that, effective immediately, all faculty, staff, students and visitors would be required to wear masks or face coverings indoors.

“We will continue to monitor the rate of cases on campus, in Vermont, and across the region and will adjust this requirement if conditions warrant,” provost Patricia Prelock and vice president for operations and public safety Gary Derr wrote.

The officials also said they “expect everyone on the UVM campus … to be vaccinated,” but they stopped short of announcing a new vaccination mandate for faculty and staff. The university had previously announced that all students must be vaccinated unless granted an exemption.

“UVM, state, and federal public health and infectious disease experts continue to emphasize that vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Prelock and Derr wrote. “It is also the most effective way to avoid serious illness and hospitalization, if infected.”

The officials said that Covid-19 testing would continue for asymptomatic students and employees through the COVID-19 Information and Service Center on the first floor of the Davis Center. Appointments can be made through the CoVerified App, and fall testing hours will be posted soon, they said.

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The University of Pennsylvania did the same thing on Thursday.

What does the number of cases have to do with anything? Deaths and hospitalization aren’t increasing. Also, what does the number of cases regionally have to do with UV? What’s happening 250 miles away is of little consequence. And of course they continue to pretend that both natural immunity and alternative treatments & prophylaxis do not exist.

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