Oklahoma universities try to contain COVID-19 surge as students return to classrooms

NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – While some colleges, like Oklahoma State University, have virtual learning options right now as COVID-19 cases are on the rise, OU returns to classrooms on Tuesday with required masks. bridge.

Over the weekend, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 29,316 new cases of COVID-19. In Monday, OSDH reports 12,841 new cases.

“It’s certainly relevant, but I think the university is clearly going to start adopting more of the same protocol,” said Thomas Welsh, a freshman at OU. at the OU said.

On Tuesday, OU students will return to class in person after winter break, with face coverings required for the first two weeks of classes.

“I prefer face-to-face classes. I just think it’s a better learning experience to be able to communicate personally with the people in your class and professors. I definitely prefer that over virtual. You know, I guess, the masks are going to be very helpful to keep the cases low,” Welsh said.

Most of the students KFOR spoke to on Monday agreed.

Jenny Alvarado said: “I’m happy to be back in classes but I’m not sure what it will be like in the future if it gets a little worse.

“I’m glad they decided to go back to face-to-face meetings and I don’t really enjoy taking an online class,” says Wyatt Sharrock.

“Last semester, I thought I would make it, and I was so nervous about it, but I never did. And I was surprised by that and I thought just being vaccinated and things, I think that would make me more comfortable and everything,” Wagoner said.

Other universities, like OSU, have virtual options available for their classes.

There was no such move for the OU, but it sent out a notice on Monday warning students that masks are not only required in classrooms but in all indoor settings.

“I just hope as long as people actually wear masks, because last semester, people really didn’t wear masks and unless it was really required by the teachers, but some teachers didn’t. So I feel as long as they actually wear their masks, I feel it will help a lot,” said Daniela Anaya.

https://kfor.com/news/coronavirus/oklahoma-universities-attempt-to-curb-covid-19-surge-as-students-head-back-to-class/ Oklahoma universities try to contain COVID-19 surge as students return to classrooms


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