Marshall returns to indoor mask mandate after community spread listed in high category by CDC

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Masks are once again mandatory in campus buildings on the Marshall University campus in Huntington.

According to Marshall’s COVID-19 dashboard, the campus is returning to an indoor mask requirement because this week’s infection risk level from the Centers for Disease Control is high for Cabell County.

The dashboard message says, “Masks are required inside Marshall buildings on the Huntington campus.”

Masks remain optional in buildings on Marshall’s campus in South Charleston. The community level for the spread of COVID-19 in Kanawha County is currently considered medium.

Marshall announced on March 24 that effective immediately it would adapt its indoor masking guidelines to fit the CDC’s color-coded system “based on the level of community spread any given week.”

Marshall hasn’t required masks in buildings in Huntington since March.

The spring semester ended a few weeks ago at Marshall. The school’s dashboard reports one new student case of COVID-19 since May 14 and four cases since then among staff members.

Marshall says 82% of its students have been vaccinated and more than 87% of its employees.

West Virginia headed into the holiday weekend with nearly 2,400 active cases of COVID-19, according to the Friday release of the state Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 dashboard.

Overall cases were up slightly to 2,377. The DHHR confirmed 648 new cases and three additional deaths.

The deaths included a 69-year old female from Putnam County, a 62-year old male from Mason County, and an 84-year old male from Ohio County.

Cabell County was ‘green’ on the state COVID-19 daily alert map Friday.

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