GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — In an astir face, the University of Florida announced it volition unfastened its upcoming semester with in-person classes.
The Gainesville Sun reports UF administrators sent an email to students Friday day telling them that aft consulting with assemblage epidemiologists, plans were being made to enactment the archetypal 3 weeks of schoolhouse online.
But past a fewer hours later, a 2nd email went retired announcing that classes would beryllium conducted in-person. No crushed was fixed to the Sun for the reversal, but UF said successful a connection to the insubstantial that nary schools successful the authorities assemblage strategy would beryllium conducting classes online.
The assemblage is not requiring vaccines oregon the the wearing of masks, but is recommending both. In an email to students past week, administrators wrote they “cannot modify the cognition of the full assemblage for a number of radical who whitethorn take not to beryllium vaccinated.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis is powerfully opposed to vaccine and disguise mandates, saying those decisions should beryllium near to each person. He has encouraged vaccination, but has stopped wearing masks successful public.
The authorities averaged astir 22,000 recently confirmed cases per time past week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, up from astir 1,500 per time successful mid-June and blowing past past year’s highs earlier a vaccine was available.
The state’s infirmary relation reports astir 16,000 Floridians are hospitalized with COVID, up from 1,800 successful June. Almost each radical precocious killed oregon hospitalized by COVID person been unvaccinated.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Fort Lauderdale constabulary serviceman died Saturday of COVID. Jennifer Sepot had been an serviceman for 4 years and is survived by a hubby and 2-yar-old daughter.
“She was exposed astatine enactment and had tested positive,” said Detective Brandon Diaz, president of the section constabulary union. He said she had been sick for astir a week, but past took a crook for the worst connected Friday night. She died the adjacent morning.
(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)