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Keuka College’s 99% vaccine rate and Yates County’s low transmission rate allows the college to not enforce masks

Almost 99% of Keuka College’s students, staff, and faculty members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccination was required for anyone on campus to be completed by Aug. 13 and they had to supply proof.

Under two dozen students and staff were exempt for medical or religious reasons, and the college was met with compliance. Dr. Chris Alterio, Chair of the College’s Reopening Task Force, said there were only a handful of students that did not want to comply.

Due to the low rate of transmission and the high rate of vaccines, Keuka College does not need to socially distance their desks in classrooms or enforce a mask mandate.

Masks are asked to be worn by those not fully vaccinated and visitors that cannot provide proof of vaccination.