Masking Expanded for All on Campus as Delta Precaution
The following message about Drexel requiring that all students and employees wear a face mask whenever they are in Drexel instructional and research spaces — even if they are fully vaccinated was sent to the University community.
- Case rates of COVID-19 at Drexel continue to be low; however, the more contagious Delta variant has become widespread in our region.
- Drexel now requires all students and employees to wear a mask in all instructional and research settings, regardless of vaccination status.
- Vaccination remains the most effective tool against COVID-19. If you have not yet scheduled a vaccination appointment, please do so now.
Dear Students and Colleagues,
While Drexel's COVID-19 positivity rate continues to be low, and vaccination is required for all students and employees this fall, the Delta variant of the virus is of increasing concern. The Delta variant is now affecting regional viral transmission levels, cases and hospitalization. Consistent with newly published data concerning the Delta variant, Drexel is now requiring that all students and employees wear a face mask whenever they are in Drexel instructional and research spaces — even if they are fully vaccinated. Specifically, masks are to be worn in classrooms, lecture halls and seminar rooms. Masks are also now required when in Drexel libraries and in designated research laboratories/spaces. In addition, masks must be worn in all public spaces and settings where members of the public will use University facilities or visit the University.
The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), a more contagious strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is increasingly prevalent in the United States and the Philadelphia region. Although fully vaccinated people are far less likely to be infected with the Delta variant and extremely unlikely to experience severe disease, Drexel is taking the extra precaution to protect students, faculty and professional staff during this time, consistent with new guidance provided by the CDC and state and local health departments.
Vaccination is our most effective tool against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, you are at much higher risk for severe disease should you contract COVID-19, as well as at risk for transmitting infection to others. Taking proper precautions is vital. If you are on Drexel's campus and are not fully vaccinated — or if you have received an exemption — you will participate in a weekly testing program and wear a mask at all times when indoors. Click here to schedule a vaccination appointment through Drexel.
Thank you for continuing to follow Drexel's COVID-19 guidelines as the situation evolves. In general, always carry a mask with you and follow posted signage. We are taking precautions now to enable you — and our whole community — to have a safe and fulfilling on-campus experience this summer and fall. For further updates, visit drexel.edu/coronavirus/.
Marla J. Gold, MD
Senior Vice Provost for Community Health and Chief Wellness Officer