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Updated Mask Policy
Starting Thursday, February 16th, MassArt will shift to a “masks strongly encouraged” policy in all spaces on campus, unless noted otherwise by signage. All community members are asked to continue carrying a mask on them at all times, and it is recommended that all voluntarily mask in crowded settings, such as elevators, especially indoors.
- Individuals leaving COVID isolation will be required to mask for an additional 5 days
- Individuals who have a positive COVID exposure will be required to mask for 10 day
The reasons that we are confident in making this shift are the following:
The latest CDC data show that Suffolk County and most of Massachusetts are now classified as being at a “medium” or “low” COVID-19 community level, by the CDC, along with an equally high vaccination rate of 95% with at least one dose state-wide.
The number of COVID-related hospitalizations has dropped by 90%, from 2,000 patients in January 2021 to 200 in February 2023. These numbers demonstrate that the spread of the virus has slowed significantly.
Wastewater surveillance, a public health metric used to track trends in the number of people that have COVID-19 in a community, has decreased by 47% over the last two weeks, indicating less circulation of the virus in the community.
At MassArt, a high percentage of eligible community members have received vaccines and effective bivalent boosters which greatly reduce severe disease.
MassArt campus protocol minimizes the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to provide freely available weekly Color PCR testing and rapid antigen tests (found at all security desks of Tower, Kennedy, and DMC).
There is now a wide availability of innovative COVID treatments; and about 1% of all COVID-cases in the U.S are fatal.
At the same time that we take these steps, we want to continue to thank all members of our MassArt community for making informed decisions about health and well-being for you, and those around you. And, we encourage and support any member of our community who is more comfortable wearing a mask for your own protection and well being or the protection of someone close to you to continue to do so. We will also continue to provide masks at the main points of entry to the college.
We strongly encourage everyone to continue taking all necessary precautions, including getting vaccinated and boosted if you are eligible practicing good hygiene, staying home when you are sick, and following guidance from public health officials.
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|Updated as of 2/14/23|