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COVID-19 Campus Community Update & Vaccine Booster Reminder

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Thank you for your ongoing support and adherence to our health and safety protocols. Our COVID-19 mitigation measures continue to result in a significant decrease in COVID-19 positivity.

The full COVID-19 Campus Testing Dashboard can be found here.

For the week ending February 4, 2022, the most recent positivity data was 2.3 percent. We have seen a decrease in positivity from 22 percent to 2.3 percent over the five most recent reporting periods. We attribute this significant decrease both to the decline in the omicron surge in Washington, D.C., New York City and other early impacted cities as well as stronger COVID-19 mitigation at the University and other schools than in the general community. 

The use of COVID-19 vaccines have been clearly demonstrated to significantly decrease illness and hospitalization. We previously indicated that vaccine boosters would be required for all faculty, students and staff by January 31, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible. During the vaccination event conducted in late January, over 300 faculty, students and staff took advantage of the free vaccinations provided by the University. Students are required to upload evidence of booster vaccinations in Med+Proctor. Faculty and staff are required to upload evidence of booster vaccination in Workday.   

Beginning next week, if an individual has not provided evidence of vaccination booster, the Bison SAFE pass will automatically convert to YELLOW to indicate a caution. Continued lack of adherence to this requirement will then result in the Bison SAFE pass automatically converting to RED, indicating that the person is not allowed access to campus buildings and various University services. 
Disciplinary action will be taken for repeated noncompliance.  

We will continue to remain vigilant and are monitoring compliance with the Bison SAFE app self-attestation as well as mask requirements in indoor settings and in group settings outdoors. Please continue to remain safe, report any unusual activity and support each other. Thank you. 

Excellence in Truth & Service, 

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.   
Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Hugh Mighty, MD, MBA 
Dean, College of Medicine 
Vice President of Clinical Affairs