Rising COVID Rates Prompt Caution – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff


Western New York continues to experience a rapid increase in COVID-19 rates, due to the spread of the omicron BA.2 subvariant and a general easing of restrictions.

Although the increase is expected to subside in the coming weeks, UB health and safety officials recommend that UB visitors and members of the campus community use their personal best judgment. to protect themselves at the end of the semester.

People who need to be extremely careful when attending launch ceremonies or graduation parties – this includes unvaccinated people, under-vaccinated (unboosted), elderly and immunocompromised, and those who interact with these groups – are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94).

Anyone who feels unwell or has symptoms such as sore throat, headache, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath and cough should stay home and get tested. Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate, according to CDC guidelines.

While masks are not required at launch ceremonies for attendees or attendees, they are required for passengers aboard UB buses and shuttles, per governor and CDC guidelines. Free face masks are available for runners upon request.

For those unable to attend in person, the graduation ceremonies will be available for live streaming and after the ceremony.

For more information, visit UB’s Countdown to Commencement website.

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