Behaviors for Mitigating Risk of Transmission of COVID-19
Appropriate means of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission for the campus community requires all employees, students, and visitors to adhere to the following guidance, in accordance with the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged in order to protect personal and community health.
- Masks and social distancing are optional for fully vaccinated individuals, effective July 1, 2021, while masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
- Frequent hand-washing (or use of hand sanitizer) and proper respiratory etiquette is strongly encouraged for everyone.
It is important to note that, while the mask mandate is ending and life is beginning to return to normal, the pandemic continues, with new cases and deaths occurring daily. Please keep in mind that there are those who – due to reasons beyond their control – cannot receive the vaccine. For that reason, we ask that you:
- Continue to be mindful of your physical distancing and your respiratory hygiene;
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
- Don’t forget to self-screen if you think you have been exposed OR if you don’t feel well; and
- Be supportive and respectful of those who wish to continue wearing a mask.
If you have not been vaccinated and have no medical reason why you should not be vaccinated, we ask that you take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated prior to our full return to campus in August. If you are uncertain about the vaccines, please talk with your medical provider. While no vaccine is 100% effective, they do significantly decrease the likelihood you’ll become infected and that you will infect others. Vaccines also provide protection against the newer, more highly contagious variants of COVID-19 that are becoming increasingly common. There are numerous regional vaccination sites. For a list of sites within 25 miles of ASU Mid-South, check the CDC list.