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KSU brings back masks requirement

Kent State University says it has brought back its mask mandate for all facilities, including Kent State at Trumbull and Salem, because of high community COVID-19 levels.

Youngstown State University, meanwhile, has no mask mandate — but urges masking in indoor spaces.

“This is a reminder that a well-fitted mask is now required indoors at these Kent State locations,” KSU said in an announcement.

These are Ashtabula Campus, Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, College of Podiatric Medicine, East Liverpool Campus, Kent Campus, KSU Airport, Salem Campus, Trumbull Campus, Tuscarawas Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center.

Masks are required indoors except while working alone in an enclosed space, such as a private office or lab.

Kent State said it is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for counties at “high,” “medium” or “low” community levels when making determinations for safety precautions on its campuses. Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit, Trumbull and Tuscarawas counties are currently designated as “high” community level for COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.

YSU in an announcement recommends it campus community wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms

“There is no mask mandate on campus at this time. We urge all members of our YSU community to be respectful of the decisions and needs of others and to continue to take any necessary personal precautions against COVID-19,” the university announced Monday. “We will continue to provide YSU faculty, staff and students with access to vaccination / booster clinics, testing and masks. Regardless of diagnosis (COVID-19, the flu, common cold, etc.) if you are feeling sick, we urge you to take care of yourself – and your fellow Penguins – by minimizing interactions with others and staying home if possible.”

In counties that are at a “high” community level, the CDC recommends:

• Wear a mask indoors in public.

• Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

• Get tested if you show any virus symptoms.

• Those at high risk for severe illness may want to take additional safety precautions.

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