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Omicron surge hits hard in the MSU, cases number higher than ever



Minot, ND-  A record-breaking amount of cases disturbed the Minot State University as the omicron surge continues.

January was the worst month with over 250 covid cases, reaching the peak.

Since the pandemic started, many things have changed where colleges and universities were dealing with it with virtual learning and students wearing masks.

A junior says Minot State has been keeping up with the guidelines.

“I think they’re very lax with it, to an extent,” said Carson Cayko. “I think they’re being responsible, but also understanding that there are students here that don’t want to wear masks and stuff, so if you got a vaccine, you’re good.”

The vice president of Student Affairs says even with a surge in cases, the university’s COVID protocols will remain the same.

“Basically our professors have the authority to require masking in their classrooms, but at this time, we don’t have any plans to have a campus-wide mask mandate,” said Kevin Harmon. “It’s really difficult when no one else in the community is doing it.”

Students, faculty and staff are expected to self-report their positive test results.

It’s up to school officials to spread information, and Harmon says the university’s communication has gotten better over the last few years.

“I think the biggest change has probably been made in how we deliver classes to the students,” said Harmon. “In many cases, we can have a face-to-face presence, as well as virtual.”

In case a student tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone that tested positive, they are given the option to take virtual classes.

Harmon says if students that test positive decide to remain on campus, they isolate and are delivered meals daily.