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Opinion: It’s time for UMKC to mandate masks or vaccinations

Opinion: It’s time for UMKC to mandate masks or vaccinations

Lawrence Brooks IV
February 17, 2022

UMKC is off to a dreadful start of the semester when it comes to containing the highly transmissible Omicron variant.  The World Health Organization first received reports of Omicron in South Africa in Nov. 2021, and it arrived in America on approximately Dec. 1. Since...

UM System maintains COVID guidelines, cases continue to rise

UM System maintains COVID guidelines, cases continue to rise

Robin Ramsey
February 8, 2022

UM System President Mun Choi has asked students and faculty to remain vigilant and help mitigate the transmission of the highly contagious omicron variant as the spring semester is underway.  In an email at the beginning of the semester, Choi reinforced common practices...

UMKC offers first COVID vaccination clinic of the semester

UMKC offers first COVID vaccination clinic of the semester

Breanne Blankenship
February 7, 2022

UMKC has reported over 160 cases of COVID-19 on campus in the first three weeks of the spring semester, surpassing 60% of the total cases in the fall 2021 semester. To help combat this surge in cases, UMKC held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic of the semester on Tuesday,...

Community leaders discuss COVID misinformation in UMKC lecture series

Community leaders discuss COVID misinformation in UMKC lecture series

Tyrionna Clardy
November 30, 2021

COVID vaccination rates are tremendously low in communities of color in Kansas City. On average, only 43% of individuals get vaccinated, which is about 7% lower than the national average. UMKC’s latest installment of its Critical Conversations series, conducted over Zoom...

UMKC recently updated the mask mandate to strongly recommend students and faculty wear them. (Thomas White)

OPINION: COVID confusion on campus

Thomas White
November 16, 2021

UMKC’s policies regarding COVID have gone into “half-pregnant” territory. Both masking and vaccination are “strongly encouraged,” which, in practice, translates to no coherent direction.  Admittedly, it is an odd time when — we hope — we are nearing the...

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