Ohio State University is reversing its prior mask orders making it mandatory to wear masks indoors on campus. This change comes after a spike of COVID-19 cases in Franklin County.
An email from OSU’s President Kristina M. Johnson was sent to faculty and students announcing the changes. It read as follows:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Since December, we have celebrated the introduction of safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines that have helped contain the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they remain the best way to protect your family, friends, colleagues and yourself.
In recent weeks, the Delta variant has rapidly become the most common form of the virus in Ohio – and across the nation. The Delta variant is much more contagious than previous versions of the virus, causes infected patients to have substantially higher amounts of the virus in their system, and can be transmitted to others even by fully vaccinated people who contract the virus. Therefore, we are updating our mask protocols to enhance the health and safety of our campus community as well as to reflect updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Effective immediately, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors.
Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has adapted its actions based on new information and expertise from local, state and federal health officials as well as our own medical and public health experts. We will continue to follow this approach as we prepare for a robust, in-person experience in the upcoming academic year.
In addition to masking, the best way to prepare for Autumn semester is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More than 73% of the Ohio State community is completely vaccinated. I know we can do even better – and to continue to combat this pandemic, we must do better. The vaccines have proven to be exceptionally effective at preventing serious illness and death, even when people contract the Delta variant. I urge everyone who can be vaccinated to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
As a reminder, all students, faculty and staff are required to report their vaccination status to the university by this Thursday, August 5. This data will inform our public health decisions, including when and whether we can consider easing requirements such as the testing requirements for students that were announced last week and the mask requirements I am sharing today.
Students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated and have reported their status can also enter the vaccination prize drawing for a chance at $50,000 in prizes. The first drawing will take place next week, with winners announced August 12.
I can’t wait to see everyone on campus this month – classes start August 24!
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
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This announcement comes just weeks after Columbus Public Schools announced that their 2021/2022 school year will start with its students wearing a mask as well. Many businesses around the city are doing the same. The Columbus Public Health Department also announced that they are recommending mask for everyone indoors in Franklin County
Just COVID-19 & Vibes: Lollapalooza Wraps In Chicago As Delta Variant Ravages Nation
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Imagine spending $500 to catch COVID at Lollapalooza— 🎃 Dave Scheidt 🎃 (@DaveScheidt) July 30, 2021
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I feel like Lollapalooza is about to be the final nail in the coffin for all concerts and festivals in 2021. This covid shit about to go from bad to worse.— Symi The ⚡️ (@symithelight) July 28, 2021
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I really cannot believe the lineup so many of you are risking Covid for at Lollapalooza. Like, if I’m getting the Delta Variant, it sure as shit will not be for Limp Bizkit…— The Sassiest Semite (@LittleMissLizz) July 31, 2021
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Covid walking into Lollapalooza this weekend pic.twitter.com/x2XR2sgubM— hysteric (@hystericderrik) July 29, 2021
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“Lollapalooza organizers are expecting thousands of Covid-19 related deaths after the four day music festival” https://t.co/b9j3Ua8ybZ— little onion (@zola_ellen) July 30, 2021
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As predicted, @lollapalooza failed to enforce #COVID measures. Here is a group of kids breaking into the grounds. No #CovidVaccine verification or negative #covid test verification. pic.twitter.com/OqQkEuqrSK— Sergio Flores | BLM | Social Distancing NOW (@_SergioFlores) July 31, 2021
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Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are 100% a thing at Lollapalooza in Chicago. You can get it with a single-day wristband for $50. I have confirmed that it does work. pic.twitter.com/AKz6gCyGgw— Vashon Jordan Jr. (@vashon_photo) August 1, 2021
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please lift CTA drivers up in prayer as they drive around packed buses during lollapalooza.— naira 🇳🇬❄️ (@supernaira) July 30, 2021
last year, public transit workers were losing their lives to COVID but all it takes is enough money to forget, i guess…
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The Delta Covid Variant thanks the Lollapalooza very much. Holy shit. 😩pic.twitter.com/XOyHBVOHu1— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 1, 2021
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Chicago is delaying its new covid restrictions for lollapalooza because none of this has anything to do with "science."— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) July 31, 2021
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If you’re covering Lollapalooza, why?— Jessi Roti (she/her) (@JessiTaylorRO) July 29, 2021
Is your coverage going to point out how irresponsible and immoral it is to have a festival as COVID cases rise again? Is your coverage going to include precautions you/your team took?
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Covid otw to catch a flight from rolling loud to lollapalooza pic.twitter.com/FfekcnoTCT— Que (Top 0.1% on OnlyHands) (@Afrolith) July 31, 2021
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Chyron: "Lollapalooza Kicks Off As Covid Cases Rise In Chicago"— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) July 29, 2021
Me: ... they're still doing Lollapalooza??
Google: Meg Thee Stallion is headlining Lollapalooza
Me: [Immediately dies of old age]
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I live in the Loop in Chicago. I'm not leaving my apartment until Lollapalooza is over, but even then, it's going to be dangerous to go anywhere next week after the concertgoers spread COVID to everyone who works in food/retail/hospitality. And it'll just radiate out from there.— Julia Haslanger (@JuliaJRH) July 30, 2021
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