UW-La Crosse requiring masks to protect against COVID

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — With COVID-19 cases on the rise, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is stepping up its protection against the virus.

“In response to these disturbing trends, UWL’s Executive Policy Group is strengthening our campus masking policy – masks will be required indoors, effective Friday, 8/27,” said an email sent out to all students and staff.

There have been 229 new cases in La Crosse County over the last seven days and 154 of those were from Monday and Tuesday, according to the La Crosse County Health Department. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says 88% of ICU beds in Western Wisconsin were occupied as of Thursday morning.

“The enforcement of this new indoor mask mandate will be similar to how it was handled last year. If you have any questions on the mask mandate or how it will affect the operations within your spaces and classrooms, please contact your chair, supervisor or division head for guidance,” said Maren Walz, executive director for University Marketing & Communications.

The university also said vaccination works to prevent transmission.

“We can’t stress this enough: Please, get vaccinated! The delta variant has changed the game – because of it, COVID poses a greater risk for younger people, and many in our campus community are especially concerned for those who can’t yet be vaccinated,” Walz said.

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