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Omicron‘s high transmissibility begins to affect students, faculty despite high vaccination rate

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor Elect January 19, 2022

Within the past few weeks, Allegheny County has experienced a record-setting number of new COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, Jan. 17, the current seven day average was 3,238 cases, down slightly from last...

Omicron variant spikes creates mixed protocols among local universities

Students voice concern over Point Park's current guidelines
Written By Caitlyn Scott, Co-News Editor January 19, 2022
Point Park and several local universities have continued to implement safety protocols due to the spread of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, but some students have expressed concerns about the efficiency of guidelines in comparison to other campuses within the area.
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Students speak out about return to campus, in-person learning plans amid Omicron surge

University briefly suspends guest policy, elaborates on plans in several emails
Written By Amanda Andrews, Jake Dabkowski, and Zack Lawry January 12, 2022
On Monday, Jan. 10, students and staff returned to campus for the Spring 2022 semester amid record-breaking COVID-19 cases levels from the Omicron variant, with multiple alterations made to the university’s original January 3 announcement.

Globe’s Point: We all must be flexible

January 12, 2022
As we return to campus amid record high COVID-19 numbers, we must all be willing to be flexible with whatever the university decides to do.

Globe’s Point: We are still in a pandemic (part three)

December 1, 2021

Coming back from Thanksgiving Break, it is crucial that we all as a collective student body acknowledge that COVID-19 is still a thing and that we need to be conscious about monitoring ourselves to make...

Scientists in South Africa discover new COVID-19 variant Omicron

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor Elect December 1, 2021
On November 23, scientists in South Africa discovered a new coronavirus variant that has been designated “Omicron” by the World Health Organization (WHO). The variant, officially known as B.1.1.529, has confirmed cases in 16 different countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada as of Monday, Nov. 29.

Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee Pitches Mask Opt Out for Students in K-12 Schools

Written By Caitlyn Scott, Co-News Editor October 13, 2021
The Senate Education Committee of Pennsylvania approved a bill on Sept. 28 that would allow parents to opt their children out of mandatory mask wearing within K-12 schools in the state, which has led students and health officials to question the risks of exemptions and if the bill could go further for higher education institutions.

Heinz Field hosts COVID-19 vaccination tent during Rolling Stones concert

The handling of the vaccine test drew some criticism
Written By Amara Phillips, For The Globe October 13, 2021
The Rolling Stones returned to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field during their “No Filter” tour on Oct. 4. The infamous British rock band was not only accompanied by screaming fans, but also a vaccination clinic.

Allegheny County Council rejects mask mandate proposal

Written By Caitlyn Scott, Co-News Editor September 29, 2021
The Allegheny County Council rejected a proposal on Sept. 14 that would have instituted a county-wide mask mandate for indoor and outdoor gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. The council spurned the proposal as Allegheny County is reporting higher new coronavirus case counts in recent weeks.

Globe’s Point: Students are being failed by the system with the return to campus

September 22, 2021

We are still in a pandemic. We aren’t here to stand on some soapbox and shame people for enjoying their lives, it’s been a long year. If you feel comfortable going to a concert, go to a concert. If...

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Students speak out as Point Park shifts back to in-person classes, raise concerns about health and safety

New coronavirus cases on campus have already been reported for the 2021-2022 academic year
Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor September 8, 2021
The Fall 2021 semester has kicked off, with classes being completely in-person. Students no longer have the option to take classes remotely, although COVID-19 is still going strong.
A sign in an elevator in the Student Center reminds people to wear masks amid the surge of new cases with the Delta variant.

Allegheny County officials urge caution as Delta variant spurs on new surge in COVID-19 cases

Written By Caitlyn Scott, News Editor September 1, 2021
With eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, negotiations of mitigation efforts have become prevalent within Pennsylvania for the return of fully in-person operations for businesses and schools this fall.
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