Wayne State is extending its indoor mask mandate for at least four more weeks, College of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo said in an email to the campus community Tuesday.

President M. Roy Wilson announced the mandate in an Aug. 3 email to the campus community, The South End reported. Masking requirements had previously been relaxed in June, requiring only unvaccinated individuals to mask indoors.

“Our initial hope was that by Sept. 15, the combination of a highly vaccinated campus environment as well as a downturn in cases in the area would allow for the removal of the mask policy,” Clabo said. 

Clabo said the move follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We continue to see increased numbers of new cases across the state, as well as positivity rates of more than 5% in our region,” Clabo said. “Wayne County — and Michigan as a whole — are currently identified by the CDC as areas of ‘high’ transmission, where masks are recommended indoors at all public places as an additional layer of protection, even for those who are vaccinated.”

WSU will revisit the mandate in four weeks, Clabo said. Current data will then be used to determine whether it will be extended or discontinued.

“On-campus incidents of COVID-19 have been low, largely due to our community’s cooperation in following health and safety requirements,” Clabo said. “...thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of the Wayne State community.”

As of Sept. 11, there are 16 presumed and six confirmed COVID-19 cases among WSU students, according to the Campus COVID-19 Dashboard. The testing positivity rate was 2.75%.

Additional information can be found on WSU’s coronavirus website.

Amelia Benavides-Colón is the news editor for The South End. She can be reached at hd4634@wayne.edu

Cover photo by Quinn Banks, The South End's multimedia editor. He can be reached at multimediaeditortse@gmail.com.