Alberta’s two largest post-secondary institutions – the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary – are delaying the return to private classes until the end of February.
“Unfortunately, the Omicron variant continues to spread aggressively across the country, and new data predicts that it will peak in Alberta in late January or early February,” he told President Bill Flanagan in a press release on Friday.
“Given these realities, we have decided to extend campus security measures for the first half of the semester and delay the return to private activity until February 28.”
He announced that of C online classes will be extended until February 19th.
Both universities switched to online education in the first two weeks of January as the Omicron variant led to the fifth wave of COVID-19.
But as hospitalization rates rise and the number of cases and positivity increases to record levels, staff and students are kept at home.
“We know it is in the best interests of all members of the university community to return to campus as soon as possible,” Flanagan said.
“Given that we now know about Omicron’s impending peak, we are confident that we can safely return to campuses on February 28 and our 2022 winter individual course schedule.”
Alberta noted on Thursday The 62,733 active COVID-19 cases are the highest in the two-year period of the pandemic, but Dr. Dean Xinshou, the provincial chief health officer, acknowledged that it was a real number. probably 10 times that number.