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University Issues Guidance on Use of Face Coverings

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A message containing guidance on the use of face coverings has been issued by Gary Kaczmarczyk, Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety, and Marisa Bisiani, Assistant Vice President for Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services. The message reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateOn April 3, 2020, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) recommended that, in addition to maintaining 6-feet social distancing, the use of face coverings can help prevent spread of the coronavirus by people who have the virus but who have yet to show symptoms.

Essential staff members continuing to work on campus are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining at least 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.  In certain situations surgical masks or N-95 respirators may be given to essential personnel whose tasks may necessitate the use of a mask or respirator.
For more information on how to safely wear and care for face coverings and masks, please click on this link: Face Coverings and Masks for COVID-19. Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
    • Keep your distance from others
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Clean and disinfect

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