March 25, 2022
Guidance for our mask policy
To our University community:
Through Thursday, and following our return to campus from spring break, we have incurred zero positive cases on 104 rapid-antigen COVID-19 tests conducted at our testing center , which is now located at Union 301. We experienced one positive case reported during spring break and only three positive cases reported independently since the start of this week.
Beginning Saturday, March 26, we will revert to a mask-recommended campus.
Our precautionary decision to require masks for this first week following spring break has reduced opportunities for transmission. We have great confidence that we can safely return to a mask-recommended environment moving forward. Remember: As Interim President Tim O’Shaughnessy mentioned in a campus update earlier this month, the University can reinstitute a mask mandate if we experience concerning levels of transmission in our community.
For this reason, I encourage you to review these reminders:
- Masks are still required on the University’s shuttles, in clinical healthcare settings, and in our COVID-19 testing center. Please note, you must continue to carry an appropriate mask with you at all times.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. Work with your instructors and supervisors on alternative plans. Seek a medical evaluation, and take a COVID-19 test, too, even if you think your COVID-19-like symptoms are the result of a common cold or caused by seasonal allergies. It might also be a good time to wear a mask, as an added layer of protection.
- Get tested for free. The rapid-antigen tests remain available to our students, faculty, and staff at our testing center in Union 301. I encourage you to take advantage of your access to these tests.
- Get boosted. Nearly 73% of our community has received and reported the COVID-19 booster, including 90% of our faculty and staff. We still have one-fifth of our campus population who is eligible for a booster and has either not received it or failed to report their booster status to the University. Department and program leadership are actively reaching out to booster-eligible individuals regarding their compliance with this University requirement. Please take this important step to keep our campus safe.
Thank you for helping us maintain a safe campus on which to live, learn, and work.
R. Scott Cook, DO, FAOASM
Assistant Vice President, Student Wellness
Director, Student Health Center
Head Team Physician, La Salle Athletics