October 22, 2020 - COVID-19: CSU face covering requirements still in effect
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
As you may have learned, the City of Columbus will lift its face covering mandate today — a mandate that followed the University System of Georgia's adoption of required face coverings on all 26 of its campuses, which includes Columbus State University.
Mayor Skip Henderson notes that lifting the mandate accompanies the city's drop in COVID-19 infections below the state's case rate threshold. That one metric triggered the city initially adopting its mask mandate, as well as the metric that has now led the city to relax this requirement.
"We are not backing off of our encouragement for people to wear masks," Mayor Henderson told the Ledger-Enquirer. "I think if you look at how successful we've been over the last several weeks, despite school being back in, in holding our numbers down — that’s not by accident. It's because people have been very careful about social distancing and because they’ve been wearing masks."
University leaders agree and want to emphasize to every member of the CSU community that face coverings are still required while on our campus and in our facilities. The university credits face coverings, as well as diligence adherence to physical distancing and hand-washing guidance to be the reasons behind CSU’s low infection rates — which, as of Monday, included only six active positive, self-reported cases on campus.
Our COVID-19 Response Team is working with university leaders to finalize guidance regarding Stage 4 of our return-to-campus plan, which includes full on-campus, in-person staffing, and best practices for remaining safe and healthy during our semester break. Our team will begin sharing that information in the coming weeks.
Until then, thank you for what you are doing, and have done, to keep yourself and each other safe and healthy.
Dr. Chip Reese
Chair, COVID-19 Response Team and
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs