UC Berkeley updates in-person instruction plans for spring semester

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In the last week, University Health Services recorded 164 new cases of COVID-19 among the UC Berkeley community. According to a campus update, a pilot program for indoor instruction is expected to move forward Feb. 22.

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UC Berkeley provided an update Friday on the expected timeline for the resumption of limited in-person instruction for the spring semester following a recent surge in campus COVID-19 cases.

Limited outdoor graduate student instruction was permitted to begin Monday, and undergraduate students will be able to receive limited outdoor instruction Feb. 16, according to the update. Outdoor instruction was initially scheduled to begin Feb. 1, according to a previous update from UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, but was postponed following a sharp increase in the number of cases on campus.

In addition to limited outdoor in-person instruction, the update noted that an indoor instruction pilot program is approved to move forward beginning Feb. 22 after a one-week delay.

“As is always the case, all plans are contingent upon the terms of public health orders in effect on the dates of their planned implementation and are subject to change,” the update states.

University Health Services, or UHS, recorded 164 new cases in the last week, of which 153 were undergraduate students, according to the UHS COVID-19 testing dashboard.

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