Wayne State is extending its indoor mask mandate, College of Nursing Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo announced in an email to the campus community Tuesday.

Clabo said the decision was made after considering local COVID-19 rates and data.

“While the number of cases is decreasing nationally, Michigan has been a bit slower to see a substantial drop,” Clabo said. “Wayne County continues to be identified by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as an area 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 initially announced the indoor mask mandate, along with a campus wide COVID-19 vaccine mandate, on Aug. 3. The mask mandate was then extended on Sept. 14.

The number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on campus has decreased over the last three weeks, according to the Campus Health Center’s Campus COVID-19 Dashboard. However, there are more cases than the week of Sept. 11, when the mandate was last extended.

During the week of Oct. 9, the CHC reported 29 total cases, including 16 confirmed and 13 presumptive. Students accounted for 23 of the cases, and employees the remaining six cases.

Clabo said WSU’s indoor mask mandate has been instrumental in stopping the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

“While these measures are not always convenient, they have helped us return to in-person classes and events in a way that keeps our campus safe,” she said.

The mandate will be re-examined in four weeks, Clabo said.

More information regarding campus COVID-19 protocol can be found on WSU’s coronavirus website.

Kate Vaughn is the breaking news correspondent for The South End. She can be reached at newsreportertse@gmail.com.

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