By: Amelia Rose Zimlich | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Photo by: Michael Dunn | Staff Photographer
In an email to students and employees on Oct. 20, Interim President John Smith announced that effective immediately, masks will no longer be required on campus.
“In the past few weeks, the number of reported COVID-19 cases on our campuses and in the larger community has significantly diminished. In addition, the positivity rate of COVID-19 tests conducted by our Student Health Center also has significantly dropped, with very few positive tests reported in the past two weeks,” wrote Smith in the email.
According to the COVID-19 dashboard, there have been under 20 cases per week reported at the University for the past four weeks. Last week, Alabama’s weekly average was below 1,000 cases, according to AL.com.
Reporting procedures for symptoms, exposure and positive cases will remain in effect. The email states that “the University reserves the right to require face masks or other health protocols in certain settings, and these requirements must be followed as announced.”
Smith encouraged the USA community to get vaccinated, writing that vaccinations are “your best protection against COVID-19.”
The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor the situation and will announce any changes as needed, according to the email.