University of Findlay is relaxing its facial covering requirements in response to new guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Effective immediately, facial coverings will no longer be required in campus buildings or at campus events, with the exception of Cosiano Health Center. This includes all classrooms, hallways, public spaces, auditoriums, common areas, and office spaces. The change in facial covering requirements will apply to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status. Individuals may choose to continue to wear face coverings if they are more comfortable doing so. Those who are symptomatic, test positive, or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 are should wear a face covering. Individuals who feel unwell are asked to stay home.
The CDC’s updated recommendation on masking comes from their new tool, COVID-19 Community Levels, which may help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data from three primary metrics: new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. These statistics determine the COVID-19 community level which can be classified as low, medium, or high. Under these new metrics, Hancock County is classified as “low risk.”
The University will continue to monitor active COVID-19 cases on campus and respond to guidance from public health officials. Those who are part of the campus community and test positive for COVID-19 must inform the Cosiano Health Center. Students are also advised to contact the Oiler Success Center for assistance with class schedules and faculty notifications.