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University of South Florida leaders postpone transition to phase 2 of reopening

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Posted at 6:46 AM, Jun 30, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — University of South Florida leaders have decided to postpone the transition to phase 2 of reopening.

Officials are now closely monitoring the COVID-19 data after the recent spike in cases.

The plan was to be in phase 3 by the end of July or early August in time to prepare for the start of the fall semester.

USF is using a four-phase approach to gradually resume in-person activities on campus.

Right now, the school is still in phase 1.

In phase 1, 25% of the staff is back on campus with strict protective measures to limit exposures.

That means everyone is wearing a mask, social distancing and crews are taking extra cleaning precautions.

In phase 2, 50% of staff will return to campus, preparing to resume normal operations while still limiting exposure.

For phase 3, 75% of the staff would be back on campus with near full resumption of critical operations.

Finally, phase 4 would be when the CDC lifts the social distancing guidance and herd immunity is achieved or the rate of transmission is stable below 1%. At that point, all community members would return to campus and operations would resume.

University leaders say it’s important the plan is flexible to anticipate changing conditions.