Universities Resume Mask Mandates… Once again

Masking recommended to be required if a county is considered a “high” transmission location

A number of colleges and universities have got re-implemented COVID-19 mask mandates for the summer semester.  

Campus Reform   compared the current mask requires at four universities towards the CDC’s COVID-19 community ranges in their respective counties.  

Currently, the CDC issues recommendations by guidelines assisted by three  levels   of transmission: low, medium, and high. County ranges are determined based on illness rate and hospitalization.  

Masking is only recommended to be mandated in case a county is considered a “ high” transmission location.

George Wa University – District associated with Columbia

George Washington University, located in Washington D. C.,   extended   its indoor mask requirement on June 1 after  re-instating   the policy in April.

Masks are needed inside all campus buildings unless actively eating or drinking.  

According to the CDC, Washington D. C. currently has a moderate level of transmission.  

Regardless, the 04 announcement declared that the require would be reinstated due to the “ highly transmissible” Omicron version.  

The  CDC suggests   that when the community tranny level is medium, you need to “ talk to your healthcare provider about wearing masks indoors in public. ”  

For medium community tranny levels, the CDC indicates wearing a mask while indoors if one is at a high risk of severe illness.  

College of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles County

The University of California, Los Angeles  resumed   indoor masking after recording 870 cases in late May.

According to the university, indoor hiding is  essential  to avoid a disruption of in-person learning and graduation events.  

La County currently records a medium transmission level, according to CDC data.

Brown University – Providence County

Brown University, positioned in Providence County, New Jersey,   requires   masking for individuals not “ up to date” with Covid-19 vaccination.

Most employees are required to be completely vaccinated in addition to “ 1 booster dose when entitled. ”  

Brown University spokesperson Brian Clark told   Campus Reform  that exceptions are given for “ religious or medical reasons. ”

“ Requests are reviewed simply by University Health Services doctors or University Human Resources associates in consultation, as required, with the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, ” he stated.

Providence County currently records a medium transmission degree.

According to Clark, students at Brown University are not required to adhere to social distancing guidelines— regardless of vaccination state.  

Columbia University – New York County

Columbia University  updated   its masking guidelines on 06 7 to require masks “ in classrooms and clinical settings” through the summer time semester.

College students are advised to wear masks within outdoor campus spaces, too.

Higher-quality face masks such as KN95 or N95 masks are recommended in addition to a cloth mask for “ enhanced protection. ”

COVID-19 vaccinations  are required   for all those faculty, staff members, and learners. Booster shots are highly recommended for faculty and staff and are required for learners.

New York Region has a medium transmission level.  

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