Updated Mask Guidance
As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the campus community, we are following new CDC guidance and, at this time, are requiring masks to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC’s recommendations cover areas of high COVID transmission, and our region fits that criteria. Masks are not required outside, in your own personal living space, or while eating in a dining facility. See full policy on face coverings.
We know this news is disappointing to some and it is our hope this is a temporary requirement. Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the Delta variant is much more contagious than other variants. While rare, infections can occur in vaccinated individuals, who can then spread the virus to others. Masks offer an additional layer of protection. We will continue to monitor CDC guidance and local transmission levels with local health agencies and our health-care partners.
Vaccination is still the most effective way of protecting ourselves from serious cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Vaccinated individuals represent a very small percentage of transmissions occurring around the country, and the vast majority of those cases are mild.
Thank you for all of your cooperation in keeping our campus safe.