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All TU employees are also required to verify their vaccination status with the university by Monday. 

The University of Tulsa informed staff and students that masks must be worn on campus next week. 

In a letter from Matt Warren, vice president and chief compliance officer, the measure will be in place for a week and modified as warranted.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, TU reported 48 active COVID-19 cases: 39 students, six staff and three faculty members. The letter from Warren said that the majority of these cases involve asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who have not received a booster shot.

The letter to employees outlined two measures that start Monday: 

  • Employees must wear (a) a KN95 or equivalent filtering respirator mask or (b) a surgical mask in combination with a cloth mask when indoors, except when alone in private offices.
  • Meetings should be held virtually unless in person attendance is essential.

All TU employees are also required to verify their vaccination status with the university by Monday.

Beginning Jan. 31, unvaccinated employees must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. 

Students were told they must wear a face covering in all academic and administrative buildings on campus.

"The more effective KN95 and surgical masks are preferred to single-layer cloth masks," the letter said. 

"The omicron variant is highly contagious but fortunately less severe than the previous ones," Warren said in the letter. "Individuals with a booster shot have the most protection from illness. I urge each of you to receive a booster if you are eligible."


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