The University of Oregon Tuesday announced that winter term courses will continue to be mostly remote and online.

The university said it will continue to offer some classes in-person, such as science labs and physical education courses. Those in-person courses will continue to follow health precautions such as requiring face coverings and physical distancing, UO said.

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“We made this decision based on our careful monitoring of COVID-19 indicators and prevalence in Lane County and across Oregon,” read a message from UO President Michael Schill and Provost and Senior Vice President Patrick Phillips. “As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the entire UO community remains our top priority.”

The university this month has reported nearly 200 cases of coronavirus in UO employees and students living on and off campus. Likewise, Lane County, where UO’s main campus is located, has also reported an increase in cases, some from the university community as well as other spikes such as workplace outbreaks.

“We hope to be able to expand the level of in-person courses and experiences, as it is safe to do so,” Schill and Phillips said in their statement.

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