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UK is going mask optional, citing vaccination rates and stable hospital numbers

Mark Cornelison - UK Now

Masks are now optional on campus at the University of Kentucky. The same goes for the use of plexiglass to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

While the coronavirus remains a health challenge, UK President Eli Capilouto said in an email that 90% of the campus community is vaccinated, and the school has shown “strong acceptance of – and support for – taking individual responsibility with an optional mask approach.”

"As new people join the UK community for the 2023 academic year, we will aggressively promote and incentivize vaccinations among those we welcome to the institution. We have demonstrated the success of such an approach here at UK through incentives and a culture of encouragement, communication, easy access and support. We will continue to require them for all new hires."
UK President Eli Capilouto

Mirroring state trends, the school is seeing a rising number of coronavirus cases, but hospital capacity is remaining stable, suggesting more mild infections.

Capilouto says the school also has “ample” supply of masks, plexiglass, cleaning equipment, and other supplies to use as necessary.

Masks will remain the rule at UK HealthCare.

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