COVID-19 cases highest among 18- to 24-year-olds as students return to campuses

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Local institutions of higher education are meeting the state requirements that faculty and staff be fully vaccinated, but their responses and protocols for handling the spread of COVID-19 if an outbreak occurs on their campuses vary, and some safety measures are proving to be difficult to enforce.

“I’m in a big lecture hall for my art history class and there are a couple of kids who, two years into this thing, still don’t know how to wear a mask properly,” Western Washington University (WWU) senior Charleigh Nogler said. “But it’s too big, really, for the professor to enforce something like that. I feel like students still have a weird thing where they don’t want to snitch on each other.”

WWU instituted a COVID-19 clearance tracking system through the MyWesternHealth homepage, which color-codes individual students’ COVID-19 status based on their vaccination status or if they have been exposed to the virus. 

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