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Dear campus community,
The holidays are fast approaching, meaning many of our students, faculty and staff will participate in festive events and travel to see family and friends. The presence of vaccines has made it possible to return to many of the holiday celebrations we had to forgo last year, but as the pandemic continues, it is more important than ever to follow necessary safety measures. Here are a few updates to keep in mind as we approach the end of the semester:
- The delta variant has proven to be a formidable foe. As case numbers and positivity rates across the country decline, in Michigan — including in the city of Detroit and on campus — cases continue to trend slightly upward. While this is not cause for alarm, it does mean that it’s vitally important to continue our adherence to safety protocols, including wearing masks indoors, practicing proper hand hygiene and avoiding large crowds whenever possible. Stay home if you feel ill. Continue to monitor Wayne State’s coronavirus website for the latest safety information and follow CDC recommended safety protocols when you travel.
- Because Detroit is still classified as an area of high community transmission, we will extend the campus mask mandate through the end of the calendar year. With the arrival of cooler weather, more people are moving indoors, where the virus is more likely to be transmitted. We will revisit the mask mandate based on conditions at the beginning of the new year.
- We also want to remind you that free COVID-19 testing is available at the Campus Health Center. Please consider scheduling a test before travel or holiday gatherings.
- If you have not been vaccinated, you can do so at the Campus Health Center or at a convenient location. While booster shots are not required to satisfy the vaccine mandate for fall or winter semester this year, they are available and are recommended for anyone who is fully vaccinated and meets the Centers for Disease Control’s criteria. The Campus Health Center will soon announce times and locations for members of the Wayne State University who wish to receive their booster. The flu season is also underway, so get your flu vaccine if you haven’t already.
- On Dec. 13 and 14, we will hold in-person, university-wide commencement ceremonies at the Fox Theatre that limit personal contact, restrict the number of guests to two per graduate and encourage social distancing in the audience. Individual school/college or departmental ceremonies (where they occur) may be held virtually. We look forward to resuming those ceremonies in person in future semesters, circumstances permitting.
- The final Campus Health Committee town hall of the semester will be held virtually on Dec. 2 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Dr. Marcus Zervos and Dr. Ramona Bankert will be the panelists. They will discuss the latest information regarding the pandemic and any updated plans and protocols for the winter 2022 semester.
Please continue to be Warrior Safe by practicing these simple but important safety guidelines on campus and as you celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor | College of Nursing
WSU Chief Health & Wellness Officer