Duke University to require to masks indoors due to surge of delta variant

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Duke University will require masks indoors due to the surge of the delta variant, officials announced Wednesday.

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The University said the decision was made due to the “rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in North Carolina related to a combination of the delta variant and the number of people who remain unvaccinated.”

The masking requirement will be in effect starting Friday for all Duke-owned and leased buildings.

The requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, the University said in a press release.

In addition to the mask requirement, starting in the fall, all students will be required to show proof that they have received a coronavirus vaccine.

Duke is one of a few universities in central North Carolina requiring a COVID-19 vaccination before attending fall classes.

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