Schools and universities still adjusting to COVID, Delta numbers

Emily Bush • Staff Writer


Heading into another year of schooling during a pandemic, East Texas has seen a lot of schools shutting down classes and closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta Variant.

COVID-19 hospitalizations decline and fatalities climb as the virus continues to spread.
COVID-19 hospitalizations decline and fatalities climb as the virus continues to spread. Image courtesy of Texas DSHS

According to KLTV, closures occurred even before semesters started for some East Texas schools and school districts and have continued through the month of September, including:

  • Cushing ISD

  • Trinity ISD

  • Livingston ISD

  • Jasper ISD

  • Ore City Elementary




Despite this, UT Tyler has pushed on in the face of adversity, leaving it up to the instructors to shut down classes and go remote if necessary.


However, the possibility of closure is eminent with the rapid COVID spikes throughout Texas, as shown in a tweet from the Texas Department of State Health Services.


“Hospitalizations [are] steadily decreasing but Texas [is] still reporting many new fatalities. Rapid COVID spikes cause prolonged increases in unvaccinated deaths,” they write in their Twitter post, relaying the importance of staying safe by including weekly statistics.


Meanwhile, when examining the COVID-19 case numbers at UT Tyler, you can see a spike in cases during the time of many of these closures.


At the time of this article, the University is on a downward slope, only noting 20 active cases as of Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m. This is in contest with the total on-campus population, 7,793, and the total COVID tests that have been conducted on campus, 20,714.


This graph shows the amount of active cases in comparison to the total tests conducted on campus and the on-campus population. It also shows spikes with its day-by-day bar graph. Image credit: UT Tyler
This graph shows the amount of active cases in comparison to the total tests conducted on campus and the on-campus population. It also shows spikes with its day-by-day bar graph. Image courtesy of UT Tyler

In order to promote the vaccine and encourage students to flatten the curves presented on their website, the school is hosting an incentive program for those who are fully-vaccinated.


However, there are also vaccine clinics opening throughout the month of October at Brookshire Hall clinic and at UT Tyler residence halls. First and second doses are available, and walk-ins are welcome.



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