Even though face masks and vaccines are not required on campuses in Utah, maintaining in-person events and classes depends upon employees and students doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Public Health officials maintain that the vaccines currently used in the U.S. are safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Though fully vaccinated individuals may still spread COVID-19 when infected, vaccines protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Mask Up Indoors
As of July 2021, the CDC recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings in high COVID-19 transmission areas, even if you have been fully vaccinated. This includes most of Utah.
On the Logan campus, passengers on the Aggie Shuttle are required to wear masks. This is in accordance with a CDC requirement for masks on any public conveyance in the U.S.
Stay Home When You are Sick
Please stay home if you are ill. with any symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 vary greatly, and a wide range of symptoms have been reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Do not attend classes, go to work, or attend any social events. This protects the entire community, particularly those who are at a higher risk of complications from the disease.
If you have symptoms of an illness, get tested for COVID-19 immediately.
Practice Social Distancing
COVID-19 is known to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person and may be spread by those without symptoms. The Delta variant, which currently causes the majority of infections in the U.S., causes more infections and may cause more severe illness.
The best way to avoid spreading the disease, even if you or others are not showing symptoms, is to avoid close contact with individuals from other households, and to wear a mask when you cannot avoid close contact.
Clean and Disinfect Often
Clean Your Hands Often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to capture respirator droplets, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands afterward or use hand sanitizer. If you are ill and must be around others, wear a facemask if there is one available.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day, particularly if they are dirty. Most common EPA-approved household disinfectants will work.