There are three changes to our COVID management protocols and procedures. These are the result of a changing context of COVID in our region, a reduced number of cases on our campus, and a large percentage of our campus community (>80%) who are vaccinated or have been positive in the last 90 days. This is our initial move to manage COVID as an endemic (rather than a pandemic) disease.
To that end, the following changes will go into effect immediately:
- There will no longer be an indoor mask mandate for activities. Instead we will move to a mask optional environment unless prescribed by some external authority. Two important pieces remain in place for this new policy:
- Per CDC guidance, we would continue to encourage those who have recently tested positive to wear a mask around others in days 6-10 following isolation.
- Second – and most importantly – as a community, we will honor the request of others to mask in their presence if requested. This includes classes, office spaces, meetings, and other gatherings on our campus. As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been a community that has proven time and time again that we respect and look out for one another. We ask and expect that this ethos and level of common care will continue in this new phase.
- The College will no longer conduct detailed contact tracing for exposures to a positive case. We will continue to honor voluntary exposure disclosure as before, but will now limit our contact tracing to roommates or other living environment exposures. We encourage those who have tested positive to reach out to others who may have had close contact. In this, positive cases will continue to isolate away from campus.
- We will move to full capacity for on-campus events.
We will continue our testing efforts as suggested and required by local partners, Conference Carolinas, and the NCAA. If you are not feeling well, please contact the Wellness Center and email@example.com for further direction and instruction.
Again, these changes will have immediate effect and will be reviewed no later than March 1.