Truman ends mask mandate

The President’s Office sent out an email to the campus community Feb. 25 stating that Truman State University no longer requires masks on campus.

The new ruling went into effect at 5 p.m. Feb. 25. All buildings on campus no longer require an individual to wear a mask to enter.

The email states students who would feel more comfortable can continue wearing masks. Individuals on campus can continue to enforce masks in personal offices, but the individual must provide masks, according to the email.

This new ruling follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, updated Feb. 25. The CDC community levels place Adair County at “low,” which recommends, “People with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask,” according to the CDC’s website.

A low community level is determined by new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over seven days being below 10, and under 10% of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The president made this decision with consultation from the Executive Leadership Team.

Truman will continue contact tracing efforts and follow CDC guidelines as they change.