UAS Adjusting COVID Precautions ahead of Fall Semster

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - University of Alaska Southeast is changing its COVID precautions this fall to include more face to face services as well as making administrative services that were formally available only online, now available in-person, on-campus.

    UAS is also increasing the number of classes available in person.

    Michael Ciri, the University's COVID Incident Commander, said that they are intending to be more open in the fall than they were last fall, and added there will be a more vibrant on campus experience than there was last fall and last spring.

    Masks will be required for both vaccinated and non vaccinated persons. When asked if the Delta variant will impact the plan, Ciri said it is already changing things.

    "That's the thing about COVID. People want me to look at my crystal ball and tell them what we're going to be doing in six months and I'm looking at the crystal ball and going 'well it'll be interesting to see what we're doing in six days,'" he said."Things change quickly, the recommendations that we operate under change quickly, and that's part of how science evolves, we learn more things and then we respond."

    Ciri encouraged students to combat the misinformation surrounding COVID.

    "Come protect your community by getting educated."

    Fall semester begins Aug. 23.

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