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Chico State optimistic that semester will remain in-person

Chico State university officials say they are constantly in contact with the Butte County Public Health Department so they can keep the campus safe and open as cases across the area climb.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 6:20 PM

CHICO, Calif. - College students may be starting the semester in person but with COVID-19 cases climbing will they end the semester the same way?

Mike Guzzi, Emergency Operations Center Director at Chico State says, “Anything is a possibility, we take everything day to day, because of all the changing guidance that happens but at this point, we are staying strong with our numbers and seeing a positive reception with all the safety protocols we have in place."

Guzzi says the university is constantly in contact with the Butte County Public Health Department so they can keep the campus safe and open.

The Chico State campus is once again full of people. While outdoors some students are choosing to wear masks and others are not.

However, everyone is required to wear them indoors.

22 students and 10 employees have tested positive since Aug. 1.

Megan Keegan is a junior at Chico State. She's counting on fellow students to do their part to keep the campus open.

“I hope everyone complies with the mask mandate and we're able to stay on campus and we don’t have to move back to fully online,” Keegan said.

Guzzi says right now the majority of the students and staff on campus are vaccinated.

Those who are not vaccinated have until Sept. 30 to get vaccinated or get an exemption.

He says they have a testing site inside Whitney Hall where they're testing around 300 people a day.

The university will be hosting a vaccination clinic on Sept. 14 at the Bell Memorial Union building.

CLICK HERE to view Chico State's COVID-19 Case Dashboard.

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