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WARTBURG REINSTATES MASK POLICY, OFFERS RAPID TESTS

Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the nation, Wartburg College has reinstated masks indoors. During the Fall Term, masking policies were relaxed and not required in hallways.

KATIE HIRV, KNIGHT WIRE MANAGER

UPDATE: On Thursday, Jan. 6, president Darrel Colson sent out an email regarding the isolation protocols on campus. According to his email, “…individuals who are asymptomatic or whose symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours) will be released from isolation after only five days IF they test negative for SARS-CoV-2.

Masks are back — inside.

Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the nation, Wartburg College has reinstated masks indoors. During the Fall Term, masking policies were relaxed and not required in hallways.

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, masks will be required in all campus buildings. Exceptions include when students are in their own residence halls, residence hallways and restrooms, designated eating areas, personal workspaces, specified athletic activities and exercise locations in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center.

Upon returning to campus, students may also take a rapid test if they choose. The times are Thursday, Jan. 6, 10-11 a.m., and Sunday, Jan. 9, 1-2 p.m. in Levick Arena. Those interested may enter on the concourse level.

“We request that anyone with symptoms of any kind be tested, but, knowing that so many infected people are asymptomatic, we advise anyone who has recently traveled or gathered with large groups to test as a precaution,” President Darrel Colson wrote in a campuswide email Tuesday.

“If you are unable to make any of these times, I nevertheless encourage you to obtain a test before returning to campus,” Colson wrote.

Wartburg has chosen to keep the quarantine and isolation time periods and guidelines used during the previous terms.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days. If exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, students must isolate for 7-10 days if they are unvaccinated.

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