Joint statement on updated masking expectations: UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout

Students wear masks in a study area recently at UW-Stout. / UW-Stout
​Jerry Poling | February 16, 2022

This morning, UW System President Tommy Thompson announced that he is working with UW System universities to end the mandatory masking requirements as soon as Tuesday, March 1, and no later than spring break. See the original news release here. 

As a result of this UW System decision, masking requirements will be suspended at UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout at the end of the day on Friday, March 11.  

The universities are proud to have served their communities by offering testing, vaccinations and contributing to the overall public health in the region throughout the pandemic and are prepared to begin the transition from pandemic to endemic operations. Communities, school districts and institutions across the state are phasing out mask requirements as COVID-19 cases are declining and hospitalizations are decreasing.

Students walk up the campus mall recently at UW-Stout.
Students walk up the campus mall recently at UW-Stout. / UW-Stout

Ensuring primary vaccinations and a booster shot have been received and wearing a well-fitted mask such as a KN95 or N95 continues to be the best protection against COVID-19. All who want to continue wearing masks on campus are encouraged to do so and to respect everyone’s right to make that personal decision. The universities will continue to monitor COVID-19, consult with public health professionals and adjust policies if circumstances change.

Free COVID-19 testing remains available for university and community members at all three of the universities through Friday, April 1.

In addition to providing COVID-19 testing, the following vaccination clinics will be offered:

UW-Stout Campus Vaccination Opportunity
Friday, Feb. 18 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood and Maplewood rooms 
Appointments are encouraged.


UW-River Falls Campus Vaccination Opportunity 
Today 
Noon - 4 p.m.

University Center, Falcon’s Nest 
Walks-ins are welcome. 
Go
here for future dates.

UW-Eau Claire Campus Vaccination Opportunity
Wednesday, Feb. 23
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Health Service 
Students and employees can call 715-836-5360 for an appointment.

For more information, please visit the following links: 

UW-Stout: https://www.uwstout.edu/covid-19-coronavirus-planning-and-preparedness 

UW-River Falls: https://www.uwrf.edu/Falcons-Forward/

UW-Eau Claire: https://www.uwec.edu/coronavirus-updates/ 

 

Signatures of chancellors Katherine Frank, UW-Stout; James Schmidt, UW-Eau Claire; and Maria Gallo, UW-River Falls.

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