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'Behind the Blue': COVID-19 Update With Rebecca Dutch

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2021) — As the University of Kentucky nears the end of the Fall 2021 semester, COVID-19 infection rates have once again started to rise across the state. Now, a new variant, omicron, creates new set of challenges for the Commonwealth, country and world.

As Vice Dean of Research for the UK College of Medicine Rebecca Dutch, Ph.D., oversees research for the college, from basic areas to clinical applications. Dutch also serves as a member of UK’s START (Screening, Testing and Tracing, to Accelerate Restart and Transition) Team, an interdisciplinary group of UK HealthCare physicians and clinical and research leaders at UK, that continues to develop strategies to ensure safe and healthy operations on campus.

Dutch returns to the "Behind the Blue" podcast this week to discuss UK’s current state of play in handling the coronavirus pandemic. She joins UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications' Kody Kiser and UK Chief Communications Officer Jay Blanton to again share her thoughts on a wide range of pandemic topics, including the omicron variant, what it means for testing and vaccines, best practices for the university community, and more.

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