WASHINGTON – Several DC-area colleges are bringing back indoor mask mandates to try to slow a rise in COVID-19 cases.
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FOX 5’s Sierra Fox says that starting Tuesday, masks will once again be required on campus at George Washington University and American University.
School officials say that since students returned from spring break, they’ve seen a jump in cases, Fox reports.
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Last week, Georgetown reinstated its mask mandates. Also last week, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore brought back its mask rules.
The new outbreaks appear to be the result of a combination of factors, including the easing of guidelines in February and March, the resumption of social activities and large gatherings on campus, and the rise of new COVID-19 variants and sub-infections. 19 highly transmissible. variant.
FOX says Georgetown University is asking students to take a PCR test after Easter vacation the week of April 18, unless they tested positive in the previous 90 days.
Johns Hopkins is moving to twice-weekly testing for all undergraduates for the next two weeks through April 22.
Each university offers free masks. At this time, it is unclear how long the requirement will remain in place for each campus.