University of Rochester requires masks indoors

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise from the BA.2 variant, some places are going back to masking and taking more precautions.

Some students and staff at the University of Rochester spoke to News 8. They were worried about a new outbreak that could emerge once everyone returns from Easter and spring break.

Additionally, elsewhere in Rochester, communities are again ramping up testing.

Isabelle Tang and Ke Chen are in their second year at the University of Rochester. When the announcement was made that masks would now be mandatory indoors, they were split if necessary.

“I think it’s a good move because I saw there was an increase in Covid-19 cases,” Tang said. “And I think bringing the masking policy back inside is necessary for student health.”

“Everyone should be responsible for themselves,” Chen replied. “So I think I would make that decision on my own, which is best.”

State Health Department data shows that the Finger Lakes region has fell from a seven-day average of 84 new Covid cases to 389 in the past month. Prompting the University of Rochester to require masking inside campus again.

Organizations like Vineyard Farm have noticed this and have expanded their services from distributing vaccines to providing covid-19 testing again. And distribute kits with masks to people to progress in contact tracing.

“BA.2 is in the community and spreading rapidly,” Sister Marsha Allen, manager of Vineyard Farm, told us. “That people need to know if they’ve been infected.”

For the likes of Rochester’s Otis Potter, this upward trend in new cases has motivated him to get a second shot and mask up again every time he goes out in public.

“I’m scared to take my mask off even if the virus goes away for a while,” Potter told us. “I continue to wear my mask for at least the next six months or year. But I don’t think it’s going to go away and stay like the flu. »

University students we spoke to believe that this policy will prevent them from having to cancel graduation and other fun activities by the end of the semester. There is no set timetable for when it might be lifted.

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