COVID Cases Spiking, Virtual Classes for Howard

By Brooks Welch

Howard University has returned to virtual learning for the rest of the semester.

In a letter to students, Provost Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh and University Dean Dr. Hugh Mighty reported an increase in COVID-19 positivity on campus due to the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus.

“While recent studies show that BA.2 does not cause more severe illness than the initial omicron variant, data also show that BA.2 is even more transmissible. As we noted previously, given the increased number of cases, we also have a concurrent increase in the number of residential students assigned to quarantine. The current quarantine process and protocols will remain in effect,” WUSA 9 reports.

As reported by FOX 5, Howard says over the past week, the positivity rate at the university increased from 2 percent to approximately 5 percent.

The university is implementing the following measures effective Thursday:

– Undergraduate courses conducted during the final days of classes (April 14–22, 2022) will be held online, as will any final examinations for undergraduate students.

– Any social gatherings are encouraged to be conducted outdoors.

– Capacity at indoor social events will be limited.

Residence halls will remain open, but students have the option to check out early. The letter did not mention canceling graduation ceremonies, but it did say that the university is putting these safety measures in place to ensure commencement celebrations can happen. (via NBC Washington 4)