University of Texas at San Antonio to start fall with virtual classes amid delta surge

by Jeremy

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Like many other campuses, UT-San Antonio had planned to return to primarily in-person classes for the fall. But rising coronavirus cases in the region due to the more infectious delta variant forced university officials to change course temporarily.

However, the university is still opening on-campus residence halls with move-ins scheduled the week before classes start. It also requires residential students to be tested upon their arrival.

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IN AUGUST, the U.S. has been regularly clocking more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases as the delta variant surges throughout the country, especially in pockets where large shares of the population remain unvaccinated. The strain is two to three times more transmissible than the original version.

In its announcement, the university cited models predicting the current surge of coronavirus cases will peak in Texas in August and decline in September.

“Given all this, we must temporarily adjust our approach to opening our fall semester — balancing an evolving new normal around in-person learning with additional practical controls — until we see the Delta surge begin to diminish,” university officials wrote in the announcement.

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