Evansville Courier & Press
EVANSVILLE — The University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana have both reinstated their mandatory face-covering policy.
USI’s mask mandate went into effect on Wednesday, July 28. UE’s will begin on Aug. 2. Both schools cited updated Centers for Disease Control guidelines on COVID-19 with the delta variant of the virus sparking a resurgence in new cases throughout the country.
Both schools will require masks or face coverings worn indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Also at both campuses, social distancing of at least three feet will be observed.
Vanderburgh County is currently marked as a “high transmission” area, according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker webpage. The county has seen a 76.4% rise in new COVID-19 diagnoses in the last seven days.
“The CDC’s change in guidance follows case surges across the country in areas with low vaccination rates and new science regarding the Delta variant in which, in rare occasions, breakthrough infections of the virus have occurred in people who were fully immunized and therefore may spread the virus to others,” a news release from USI said. “Vaccines remain one of the most effective deterrents of the dangerous symptoms of infection, including those involving the delta variant. The University strongly encourages all students and employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
The UE news release also stressed the importance of vaccinations and other precautionary measures in the fight against the pandemic.
“UE continues to encourage the campus community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Coronavirus Healthcare Task Force will continue to closely monitor the situation and asks that everyone remain vigilant and take protective measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” the statement read.
This article is published with permission from Hoosier State Press Association.