Morris Brown College (MBC) has reintroduced the mandates just a week after the commencement of classes, and they will remain in effect for two weeks. According to the communication, the restrictions are held in place due to "rising" numbers of positive cases among students in the Atlanta University Center.
The said university center is the oldest and largest contiguous consortium of African-American higher education institutions. Among the schools in the consortium that already began classes last week are Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University.
As per the Morehouse website, the current alert level within the Atlanta University Center is green, the lowest of a four-tiered alert system. The green designation means the "prevalence of the virus is minimal." The alert levels are determined based on the number of new cases in the past seven days on campus and the community, among other factors.
MBC President Kevin James told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) earlier in the week that his school has not yet received any reports of COVID-19 cases directly on its premises. He characterized these measures as "precautionary steps." In addition to the mask mandate, the school has also directed students to practice physical distancing and it has also prohibited parties and large student gatherings on campus for the ensuing two-week period. Temperature checks for students and employees upon arrival at the campus premises will also be mandatory.
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"We prioritize your safety and seek your cooperation in preventing another pandemic," James said in his message to the campus community.
AJC reported last week that COVID-19 cases are rising in Georgia. Numbers throughout the state have gone up three weeks in a row, though the total number of known infections and hospitalizations remains low. But other schools outside the consortium are not as strict with their health mandates. (Related: HYSTERIA 2.0: Scientists call for the return of face masks as they raise alarm over new COVID variant BA.6 that has a "lot of MUTATIONS.")
Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology both began classes Monday and their protocols have not changed, according to their representatives. Georgia Tech's Stamps Health Services reported 17 positive cases in the last two weeks but the school recently posted a reminder on its website about COVID-19 and campus health services, acknowledging that cases spike at the start of each semester but did not revive any restrictive protocols.
Moreover, a spokeswoman at Emory University said the school is following "standard operating conditions," the lower of its two COVID-19 responses. Students are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and follow other healthy habits such as hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
The Post Millennial's X account shared a video from NBC's "Nightly News with Lester Holt," which talks about the 14 percent surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations this summer, which is still far lower than the pandemic levels.
"They’re trying to do the COVID thing again," the tweet was captioned.
They’re trying to do the Covid thing again. pic.twitter.com/QPJS2PuXIC
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 18, 2023
According to the news, the uptick in cases is due to a new variant EG.5, which is "easier to give and get," primary care physician in Washington, D.C. and MSNBC columnist contributor, Dr. Kavita Patel, said.
In a separate interview with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Mandy Cohen, she announced that a new booster shot is to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before CDC will be able to endorse it by the second or third week of September. She also claimed that the new jabs are tailored to the new variant and Americans can expect that the booster immunization will already be an annual thing, sounding like they got everything in place already.
After more than three years, reports, studies and a lot of papers have been reviewed and published exposing how the "health mandates" such as lockdowns, physical distancing, facial coverings, and others did not help mitigate the virus. These actually even caused emotional and health distress to people. Additionally, many investigations and studies were able to prove that the "vaccines" actually damaged, injured, and killed a lot of people as well; more than the virus itself.
It is no longer surprising that X users responded "skeptically" to the revival of the "fearmongering" and "mind conditioning" hidden behind the reinstating of public health protocols in response to the rising COVID-19 cases.
Users commented "Pass. Hard Pass," "Not complying," No thanks, fam," and "Good luck with that." Some of them saw this as a political tactic. A user said: "COVID uptick, must be getting close to elections." Another one said: It’s right there in front of you BA.2.86 Variant. BA = Biden Administration." Meanwhile, another one connected it to climate alarmism: "Their climate change story is falling apart because of the lies in Hawaii now this."