Possible Adjustment to Masking Requirement (March 2022)

Posted By: Ann Merchlewitz On: 2022-03-04
Posted On: 2022-03-04

The CDC has changed its metrics on “COVID-19 Community Levels,” now looking at three pieces of data:  new COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and new COVID-19 cases.  As a result, more than 70% of the U.S. population is in a location with low or medium COVID-19 community levels.  For those communities with medium and low COVID-19 levels, there is no recommendation for masking.  For those communities with high and substantial COVID-19 levels, masking is still recommended for indoor public spaces.  Hennepin County is at a medium community level. Olmsted and Winona counties are at high community levels.

At Saint Mary’s, we are seeing a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases on our Winona Campus. Students returning to the Winona campus after spring break will participate in a mass testing event.  Assuming that testing event results in a low number of positive COVID-19 cases, the university anticipates announcing that masking will be required in classes and labs only. Please watch for an announcement later next week. 

We will continually monitor the COVID-19 community levels and will adjust our masking policy based thereon.