WVU extends mask mandate

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The mask mandate on WVU campuses has been extended through October 20. The original mandate was through the end of September.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required in all WVU buildings and facilities.

“We want to continue to be a good community partner to help further prevent the spread of the delta variant, and keeping these indoor mask requirements in place is the right decision given we have not yet seen a substantial decrease in hospitalization rates,” said Dr. Jeffrey Coben, dean of the School of Public Health and associate vice president for Health Affairs. “This move will also allow for the adequate assessment of the COVID-19 status on our campuses following the University’s Fall Break (Oct. 7-8).”

Data from WVU says nearly 75-percent of all employees and 79-percent of students have verified they are fully vaccinated. Positive cases, quarantine and isolation reports among students and faculty are very low compared to state data.

Officials remind students, staff and visitors masks must be worn properly above the nose and must be kept on while inside buildings. masks are also required on all public transportation by order of the Transportation Security Administration.

Failure to comply with the policy could result disciplinary action.