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COVID-19 Information

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  03/17/2022
Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update: March 17th, 2022

Good morning,

We continue to see dramatic declines in COVID-19 infections in the region. Case rates in the northern counties, which topped out at more than 300 per 100,000 population per day during the Omicron surge, are steadily in the two-to-six range. The statewide transmission factor is 0.44—the lowest we have seen since that data point has been tracked—and indicates an exponential decline in cases. The CDC now classifies transmission levels in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties as “green” with guidance that masking be optional.
Masks will be optional everywhere in campus effective at the start of business on Monday, March 21, with these exceptions: 

  • Masks are required in NKU Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness facilities.
  • Individual employees may continue to require masking in private offices where they meet with students, other employees or visitors.
  • Masks are required for at least five days following diagnosis of or exposure to COVID-19 per CDC policy.

Please note that masking is no longer required in classrooms or in laboratory settings under this change.

We know that not all will agree with this approach. Throughout this pandemic, we have followed public health guidance, and that will continue. We will continually reevaluate our approach. If new challenges arise, or if we see evidence of a new variant or significant surge in cases, we will add mitigations to keep the campus community safe. But just as we have added mitigations, we must be prepared to remove them as the ebb and flow of the pandemic’s process continues. Throughout this academic year, we have maintained low case counts, provided significant testing and vaccination services to the campus community, and have kept our students progressing toward their goals.
To aid in keeping our community safe for in-person learning and engagement, Gravity Diagnostics will provide free COVID testing on campus for the next two weeks in University Center 204. Testing is available Monday through Thursday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and is open to all NKU students, faculty and staff. You will need to present your NKU ALL CARD.
I am proud of the way our campus community has responded to this ongoing crisis. I encourage everyone to continue to be careful but also to practice kindness and understanding. Next week, we begin our third year of coping with a global pandemic on campus. The stress and difficulty of that is cumulative and an easing of mitigations is a short respite, not a reset or an end to the pandemic. Thank you for all that you do.

Kind Regards,

Matt Cecil
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University