We continue to see a downward trend in our new COVID-19 cases. While we expect to see isolated cases or even small clusters of cases, we believe our very high vaccination rate will continue to keep the community well protected from the most severe outcomes of infection.
Over the last few weeks, we solicited feedback from several campus constituent groups about revising our community expectations, including masking. While the feedback was not universal, it is clear that many members of the community would welcome more flexibility in how we approach masking. As anticipated, the CDC issued new guidance regarding masking recommendations. The most significant change is the inclusion of multiple metrics to determine the alert level for a community. The current community level for Northampton County is medium. In the medium alert level, the CDC guidance is summarized as follows:
While we recognize COVID-19 continues to pose health challenges and that our environment requires both monitoring and management, we also believe it is appropriate to make adjustments to our expectations given the current guidance and our experiences to date.
Effective March 1:
Effective March 7:
Over spring break, we will begin the large effort to remove mask requirement signs from the exterior of buildings. Facilities Operations has asked that individuals do not try to remove signs as some damage could occur if removed improperly.
We will continue to monitor our experiences very closely and make adjustments based on those experiences.
Be well and stay safe,
Vice President for Campus Life
Dr. Jeff Goldstein
Director of Health Services
COVID-19 Action Group