UWS to Start School Year Masked Up as COVID Concerns Grow Again
72 Wisconsin counties are now experiencing high or very high disease activity, and the 7-day-average of new cases increased 40 percent in the past week.
SUPERIOR, Wis.- As stronger efforts continue nationwide to combat the spread of the Delta Variant and fight low vaccination rates, the University Of Wisconsin-Superior is joining the growing list of Northland colleges requiring people to mask up again.
“And hopefully these masking requirements can help safeguard and ensure that we can have a vibrant campus this fall,” said Jordan Milan, Director of Strategic Communications at UWS.
As UWS students prepare to return in-person in the fall, masks will be on their school supply lists again. The university is requiring them in all indoor spaces and facilities, whether students and employees are vaccinated or not.
“All indoor places on campus will be requiring masks,” Milan said. “Common areas in residence halls will require masks as well.”
The increased spread of the more infectious Delta Variant causing Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to put the pressure on people to get the shot.
In a press briefing with the Wisconsin Department of Health Thursday, Evers said 72 counties are now experiencing high or very high disease activity, and the 7-day-average of new cases increased 40 percent in the past week.
“We are no longer in the fight against COVID-19,” said the Governor. “This is now a fight against the Delta variant and all the potential variants that could follow.”
“But Wisconsin, there is great news here, and that is that we have the answer,” he said. “The answer is simple. Get vaccinated.”
UWS administrators are echoing that call.
While they say they will not be mandating vaccines, they continue offering shots on-campus, with the free clinic moving from Wessman Arena to Yellowjacket Union next Tuesday.
And across the UW System, if 70 percent of any campus’s in person students gets vaccinated, those students who voluntarily show proof they got the shot will be eligible for one of 70 $7,000 scholarships.
“The more folks that get vaccinated, the more that we can ensure a more traditional experience this fall for everyone,” said Milan. “So I’d highly encourage folks to get vaccinated.”