Giving plasma, chicken robbery, bar-free Mardi Gras: News from around our 50 states

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Giving plasma, chicken robbery, bar-free Mardi Gras: News from around our 50 states

AlabamaAuburn: Auburn University is fully resuming on-campus operations that were disrupted by the coronavirus last year. All optional remote instr

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Alabama

Auburn: Auburn University is fully resuming on-campus operations that were disrupted by the coronavirus last year. All optional remote instruction ended Sunday, and most employees who have been working on a virtual basis will return to campus Monday, the Opelika-Auburn News reports. The decision to reopen was based on multiple factors, said Dr. Fred Kam, director of the university medical clinic. “You’re looking at all the data, all of the information and … you’re forecasting on where you think things will be,” Kam said. The university has seen a downward trend in COVID-19 since 113 cases were reported during the week ending Jan. 17. The university said 75 new virus cases were self-reported during the week ending Jan. 31, three fewer than the previous week. The school also reported a 0.9% positivity rate among those tested through its voluntary sentinel testing, according to data released Tuesday. Multiple safeguards are in place for the campus to reopen safely, including a universal mask policy. Still, not everyone will return. “Some of the faculty who are vulnerable are going to continue to teach their courses remote,” Kam said. “Some are going to flex, so they’ll do some on campus, some remote.”

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