Anne Ehrlich and Jen Lucas update the campus community about COVID restrictions on campus.
Dear Campus Community,
On Friday, the CDC updated its guidance to utilize a COVID-19 Community Level metric to inform individual and community prevention behaviors. Community levels (low, medium, high) are based on three pieces of data: new COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and new COVID-19 cases. The CDC's website includes a list of U.S. counties and their current COVID-19 levels. Adams County is listed as “low.” In addition, the guidance no longer differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in terms of suggested masking protocols.
Unless we experience a significant increase in positive cases from our weekly testing of unvaccinated students and employees and symptomatic students during the week of March 14, following spring break, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will adhere to the same masking policy. Masking will no longer be required of any student or employee except in these locations:
- In classrooms and labs, due to mandatory attendance and limited opportunities for distancing.
- At events, meetings, and other gatherings if requested by the host of those activities.
- For spectators in indoor campus performance venues, due to the public nature of these events.
We will send a follow up message on Thursday, March 17, confirming this policy change.
As a reminder, the Testing Center will be closed the week of March 7 for Spring Break. If you are required to test weekly, you do not need to test the week of March 7. Required testing will resume on Monday, March 14.
Have a happy and safe spring break, and stay tuned.
Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students
Executive Director of Human Resources