Indoor Masking Temporarily Reinstated On Campus

Sent May 3, 2022

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The indoor mask mandate will be reinstated, starting at 5 p.m. today
  • This is due to a sharp increase in cases
  • This change is temporary, and we hope to move back to optional masking once cases are under control

Over the last two weeks, we have seen a sustained increase in cases, with a sharp increase of 28 cases today. The current sub variants of Omicron are highly infectious and are spreading quickly through groups. 

In an attempt to mitigate further spread, the COVID Core and the College’s medical team have decided to temporarily reinstate the indoor masking policy, effective 5:00 p.m today.  This policy applies to everyone, including visitors. As has been the policy this semester, masks must be a surgical, KN95 or N95 mask.

Our goal is to stem the tide of this immediate spike in cases and improve the situation before the end of the semester. The next few weeks are critical, particularly for seniors trying to finish their classes and walk for graduation. We want everyone to be able to finish their classes and finals.

We are also running into the problem of dwindling isolation space. Our rooms at the hotel are almost full, and we are already doubling up. Students who test positive will be asked to go home if at all possible to save space in the hotel for those who cannot.

The COVID Core and medical teams are continually monitoring case numbers and our available isolation space and we hope to move back to a mask optional policy once case numbers come back under control.

A few additional notes:

OPT-OUT IN SOME LOCATIONS

Please note that people may opt-out of the masking mandate in their personal spaces, including students in their rooms, faculty in their classrooms, and employees in their individual offices. However, masks must be worn in all other indoor locations, unless you are actively eating or drinking.

MASKS AVAILABLE

The College will provide a limited amount of surgical masks at various locations across campus. Masks will be available in the following locations:

  • Luth 
  • All libraries
  • Kimball
  • Hogan - First Floor Copy Center, near the ATMs
  • Testing Center 
  • The Jo

Please take only what you need.
 

WEAR A MASK IN YOUR RESIDENCE HALL COMMON AREAS

Residence Halls and social gatherings are major sources of spread at this moment. We strongly urge students to be aware of this fact and be sure to mask in residence hall common areas, and choose outdoor activities when possible.