COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the country, affecting those young and old. The New York Times reported that as of Jan. 6., “the country is averaging more than 500,000 new cases a day, far more than at any previous point in the pandemic.” When it comes to thinking about returning to college, it can be nerve-wracking to think about how to keep yourself safe. From dorms to simply grabbing food at the cafeteria, COVID-19 is lurking everywhere, and the Omicron variant has made it worse. However, these HBCUs and more across the country are enacting strict COVID-19 protocols to keep their students and staff out of harm’s way.