Wayne State’s Campus Health Committee is no longer requiring daily screeners at public campus buildings starting Nov. 28 as COVID-19 pandemic guidelines continue to relax.
According to an email sent to the campus community on Tuesday, there’s been “a sustained decline in both the incidence and general severity of COVID-19 cases in Wayne County and on campus.”
The CHC has been tracking the presence of COVID-19 on campus and adjusting guidelines appropriately since the virus was first detected in 2020. The CHC will no longer provide weekly updates for positivity numbers and COVID-19 cases and has halted all contract tracing, according to the email.
According to the CHC’s COVID-19 dashboard, the campus positivity rate was reported at 7.02% for the week of Nov. 19, compared to 16.2% the week of Oct. 8 and 17.6% the week of July 30.
The vaccine mandate will remain in effect, according to the email, requiring all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated or receive bi-weekly COVID-19 testing with an approved waiver.
The daily screener will no longer be used to track symptoms and will not be required when entering high-volume traffic areas on campus, according to the email. This includes the Student Center, Mort Harris Fitness and Recreation Center, Welcome Center and campus libraries.
The Guest Campus Screener will be discontinued.
Events no longer require approval from the CHC.
WSU’s mask policy has been extended to all indoor spaces including classrooms, per recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The CDC has now consistently noted that Wayne County is an area of medium transmission,” according to the email. “In these circumstances, the CDC recommends that indoor mask use should be optional but that those at highest risk should consider wearing a mask.”
Amelia Benavides-Colón is the editor-in-chief of The South End. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Cover photo by Quinn Banks.