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University of Missouri system leadership will review COVID-19 protocols amid record student cases


The University of Missouri is ready to review its COVID-19 protocols amid a record number of positive COVID-19 cases among MU students.

On Monday morning, board members released an agenda for the immediate review of the system's COVID-19 protocols. The board of curators is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 8 a.m. m. The board members are ready to make a decision on the single item on their agenda.

Based on Mizzou's COVID-19 data, the school has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the last month. The university reached a record number of 185 active cases on January 8.

The most recent data shows that 163 students and 90 faculty or staff currently have COVID-19. This represents about 0.6% of Mizzou students who tested positive for the virus.

Mizzou Active Student Cases

Since August 22, 786 MU students have tested positive. Three Mizzou students have been hospitalized.

Documented student case numbers are recorded by the Boone County Health Department. Students who test positive while in other counties / states are not included in this number, according to the school's website.

The Boone County Health Department recently documented 2,109 cases on January 7, which is the highest number the county has seen in the entire pandemic. As of Tuesday morning, the health department had documented 2,032 active cases.

Current COVID-19 protocols / requirements

  • No longer required masking, but strongly recommended
  • Student vaccinations, including boosters recommended
  • No longer required mandatory vaccination or documented exemption for staff, faculty, and student employees
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Schools in the Columbia area, including Columbia College and Stephens College, announced plans earlier this month to temporarily move classes online.

Lincoln University in Jefferson City plans to hold face-to-face classes.

Currently, the University of Missouri also plans to hold face-to-face classes, beginning on January 18.

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