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Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia is reinstating face masks on campus as COVID cases and hospitalizations rise.

Morris Brown made the surprise announcement on Sunday in a letter to faculty, staff and students. The letter cited the rise in positive COVID-19 cases among students in the Atlanta University Center, the AJC reported.

Morris Brown President Kevin James told the mask mandate is a “precautionary measure.” He said there are no reports of positive COVID cases on the Morris Brown campus.

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The Atlanta University Center consists of four historically Black colleges and universities on Atlanta’s southwest side, including Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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Morehouse’s website stated the prevalence of COVID cases on campus is “minimal”.

Thousands of students returned to HBCU campuses in Atlanta on Wednesday.

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The news comes as multiple Beyonce fans tested positive for the COVID virus after attending her Renaissance concerts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 11 and 12.

The “Eris” variant is now the most common COVID virus in the U.S., accounting for 17% of hospital cases.

Eris has also been detected in more than 50 countries, according to Newsweek.