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UW-Eau Claire mask requirement extended through Jan. 30, 2022

| Gary Johnson

Photo caption: The extension of the indoor mask mandate affects all UW-Eau Claire buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield.

The indoor mask requirement for all University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campuses has been extended through Jan. 30, 2022, the day before spring semester begins.

Chancellor James Schmidt made the announcement Tuesday that applies to all campus buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield after discussion with the university’s pandemic emergency response team.

The move affects all UW-Eau Claire students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.

Schmidt says he anticipates having to extend the mask requirement again before spring semester starts on Jan. 31, 2022, adding the pandemic emergency response team will discuss “the best path forward.”

“I felt joy as we celebrated commencement together again at Zorn Arena this past Saturday,” Schmidt says. “Our students have dealt with a lot over the last 18 months, but our graduates and our returning students told me throughout the semester how much they enjoyed the in-person experience that is such an important part of a Blugold education.”

A total of 94% of UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and more than 83% of students, are vaccinated against COVID-19. The antigen testing positivity rate on campus remained less than 1% over the past month.

Employees and students who have not provided proof of vaccination must test once a week; free tests are available on the Eau Claire and Barron County campuses. The on-campus testing site will close Thursday, Dec. 23, but reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.