The Omicron variant of coronavirus has now been identified in at least 32 state
, with experts including Dr
. Anthony Fauci saying it is likely to become the dominant strain in the US
. Scientists say they believe Omicron is more contagious
, but so far has led to less severe illness
In die e-pos, New York University Provost Katherine Fleming said faculty were “sterk” encouraged to change final exams to remote or online formats.
“The continuous review of the data from our COVID-19 testing program has indicated a considerable acceleration in the rate of new cases in our community,” Fleming wrote. “It’s not a cause for alarm, but it is a cause for concern, caution, and appropriate actions.”
The use of residence hall lounges, common and meeting spaces, in addition to athletic and recreational facilities are also suspended. NYU also announced that all students will be required to upload proof of a Covid-19 booster shot by January 18, 2022.
Middlebury College in Vermont announced this week that finals would be held remotely and all in-person indoor events are postponed or canceled after a rise in Covid-19 cases on campus.
“We received confirmation since our last update of 18 new cases of COVID-19 among students on campus, and one new employee case, for a total of 68 active student cases and two active employee cases,” an announcement from the college said Monday.
All Middlebury College students, faculty and staff will also be required to receive a Covid-19 booster shot by February 14, 2022.
Vroeër vandeesmaand, DePaul University in Chicago and Southern New Hampshire University announced they will start the Spring 2022 semester with two weeks of remote learning in January, in order to slow down spread of Covid-19 following the holiday break.
“DePaul is fully committed to in-person learning. This measure — combined with our adherence to local, state and federal COVID-19 guidance — will help us cautiously start winter quarter so we can sustain a robust college experience the remainder of the academic year,” a letter from university leaders said.