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NW Arkansas colleges brace for new semester amid COVID surge


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Mask up at Old Main at the University of Arkansas. (Photo by Lance King/Replay Photos via Getty Images)

Classes start next week at the University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College as the state sees a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

What’s happening: The region’s colleges plan to go forward with in-person instruction and will continue to require all students and employees to wear masks on campus, spokespeople for U of A and NWACC tell Axios.

Driving the news: Several K-12 school districts in the state, including Fayetteville, have already temporarily pivoted to virtual instruction this semester.

What’s next: Starting this Tuesday, U of A will host a monthlong testing clinic at the Union on campus every weekday from 8am to 4pm.

Go deeper: Read about the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas in Axios.

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