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With an eye on omicron, Missouri State University waiting to determine next semester's COVID-19 measures

 Sign at Missouri State University
Seth Graham
Sign at Missouri State University

Missouri State University officials are looking ahead to the spring semester as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

In a letter sent to the campus community Wednesday, MSU president Clif Smart said university officials will monitor cases and talk with health officials as the omicron variant spreads. They’ll decide closer to the spring semester what precautions will need to be taken, Smart said.

For now, students living in on-campus housing who are not vaccinated must be tested for COVID-19 before they can return in January.

Smart encouraged students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before the holidays. Those vaccines as well as flu vaccines are available at Magers Health Center on campus through December 21.

Students, staff and faculty, including retired employees, can schedule an appointment here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.