Update from the COVID-19 Committee: New mask requirements for students
The COVID-19 Committee sent the following email to Carthage students on Jan. 3, 2022.
As we look forward to the start of J-Term, the COVID-19 Committee wanted to send out an update regarding residence hall masking as well as a few reminders. The committee continues to watch both internal and external circumstances as they have been evolving. This group continues to meet weekly and has been having conversations on boosters, new variants, as well as possible pending federal mandates. As Omicron is highly transmissible we will need to stay diligent and flexible to respond.
Effective Jan. 3, 2022, masks will again be required in the residence halls regardless of vaccination status unless you are in your room.
Second, we would like to remind the community of the campus regulations in place.
Masks are required in all indoor spaces.
Vaccines are required for all students, faculty, and staff unless a valid exemption is on file. All individuals with an exemption will need to continue to test weekly. While booster shots are not currently mandatory, we are encouraging all eligible individuals to connect with a booster dose when it is possible for them. This will help to continue to keep our community as safe as possible. We will make sure to keep the community informed should this become a mandatory action. It is encouraging to know that many have already participated in this next step.
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact Nick Winkler firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Kimberlie Goldsberry email@example.com for the next steps in determining your isolation period and to begin the contact tracing process.
It will take a team effort once again this spring and we suspect that we will need to make adjustments along the way.