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UNK will require masks in classrooms, labs beginning today
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UNK will require masks in classrooms, labs beginning today

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The number of COVID cases flattened out in Nebraska and the U.S. last week, raising the question of whether the delta variant has finally reached its peak.

KEARNEY — All University of Nebraska at Kearney students, faculty, staff members and visitors will be required to wear face masks inside all classrooms and labs beginning Wednesday.

The decision for the mask requirement, which was recommended by UNK’s Emergency Operations Team, is necessary because of an increase in the regional transmission of COVID-19 in the community and state, according to a UNK press release.

The mask policy will remain in effect until Oct. 6. The university will continue to review and monitor active cases on campus, in the region and Nebraska. UNK’s policy is subject to change if circumstances warrant.

Widespread vaccinations have proven to significantly reduce positive cases of COVID-19 on campus and in the community, according to the release. UNK strongly encourages students and employees to be fully vaccinated, and several opportunities are available for free vaccinations through UNK Student Health.

UNK plans to continue in-person classes and host events and activities. The university has strong momentum with more than 68% of students already vaccinated, according to a recent survey conducted by UNK.

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