Kutztown University professor Stephen Oross III got a heart transplant earlier this year.
With cases of COVID-19 surging, he didn’t feel safe returning to in-person teaching, and his doctors warned against it. Kutztown, a state university, requires masks but doesn’t require the vaccine, so he faced the possibility of being in classrooms with unvaccinated students and little room for social distancing.
“He’s still immunocompromised and ... I felt his risk of being exposed and getting a breakthrough case is very high,” said his cardiologist, Shelley Hankins, of Hershey Medical Center.