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Campus mask guidelines updated

STATEMENT ON COVID-19 FALL 2021 CAMPUS PLANNING:

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed Eau Claire County’s classification of the key county data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic growing case activity from yellow to orange to red — highest transmission rate — over the past week. Dunn County has moved from moderate to substantial transmission status. After discussions with local health care officials, we will be implementing the following changes:

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2021 — face coverings are expected indoors for employees, students and guests, regardless of vaccination status at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout. These guidelines apply to all three UW-Eau Claire campuses (Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Marshfield).

Masks are expected to be worn:

  • In all hallways, public spaces, common areas and classrooms.
  • In shared offices, shops, conference rooms, studio and lab spaces.
  • When traveling in a vehicle with other people for university business.

Masks may be removed in private offices but should be worn any time another person is in the room. Masks are NOT expected to be worn outdoors.

Free COVID-19 testing remains available for university and community members on both campuses.

At this time capacity limits are not changing, events will still take place and classes will remain as currently scheduled (including location and delivery method). We continue to monitor conditions and we’re committed to moving forward — but there’s still work to do.

We encourage vaccinations for everyone.

Today’s updates and changes are in response to the CDC recommendations with regards to the growing case activity and circulation of the delta variant. The high transmission rate as referenced in the CDC online mapping tool (CDC Covid Data Tracker) show both Eau Claire County and Chippewa County in the highest level, and Dunn County at the substantial level, at this time.

Both our campuses continue to work closely with local county health officials. We will continue to adjust as needed, in accordance with CDC recommendations. We will remove the mask expectations based on local conditions and advice from local health officials as data continues to be updated.

For more information at each university, visit the following links:

UW-Eau Claire: https://www.uwec.edu/coronavirus-updates/

UW-Stout: https://www.uwstout.edu/covid-19-coronavirus-planning-and-preparedness