Mask Policy Update to the Fall PlanAugust 3, 2021
Truman was able to complete the previous academic year without any COVID-related stoppages because it remained fully informed and flexible in its approach. When the school year ended, conditions surrounding the pandemic showed signs of progress, and many hoped for a fall semester that resembled pre-pandemic times. Unfortunately, the last few months have not continued that trajectory, and in light of a variety of factors, the University will temporarily reinstate portions of its mask policy effective Aug. 9.
With the Delta variant on the rise in many parts of the country, and vaccinated individuals who become infected able to transmit the virus, the CDC revised its public health guidelines to recommend masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Adair County is an area of substantial or high transmission.
Starting Aug. 9, Truman will require everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks while inside campus buildings, with exceptions for dining and when in a personal residence hall room, or office. Currently, this is the only change to the previously announced fall plan. Modes of instruction, room capacities and on-campus events will continue under previously established guidelines. Truman will review and reevaluate the mask policy by Sept. 17, with guidance from the CDC, the Adair County Health Department, and local and state public health professionals.
Vaccination remains the best defense against COVID-19. Infections happen in only a very small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild. The University strongly encourages anyone who can get a vaccine to do so. On-campus vaccination clinics for students will be available through the Student Health Center. Details on how to sign up will be posted at truman.edu/coronavirus when they become available.