CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Coastal Carolina University had 16 positive COVID-19 cases last week, according to new data, continues a steep decline as the university board mostly voted to end its indoor mask mandate last week.
These cases include 11 among students and five among staff, according to the CCU’s COVID-19 dashboard. The university has had 1,128 cumulative cases since July 29th.
That is the lowest amount in about two months, according to the data, and well below the record-high 192 cases it reported in the week of January 26th.
The mask sequence, which ended Thursday d. allows students to enter most buildings without face coverage.
“The University encourages individuals to be respectful of others in recognizing their personal decisions to either wear or not wear a face mask,” reads a statement that goes on to state that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged 2 and older should wear masks in public indoor areas.
Masks are still required in student health services, counseling services, and at COVID-19 test and vaccine sites. They are also required on university buses, minibuses and vans due to a CDC order regarding public transportation, according to a statement from the university.
Those who have been released from quarantine and solitary confinement must wear masks both indoors and outdoors on campus during their assigned safety period, according to the announcement.
The CCU recommends performing daily self-screenings and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.
“The University will continue to monitor campus conditions and may adjust campus-wide mitigation measures if necessary,” the statement said.
CCU continues its weekly scholarship draw this semester, as an echo of the 10 week drawings it had one in the fall. The university is handing out $ 10,000 each week, and a full-time scholarship for a vaccinated student will be announced on April 28th. A full-time scholarship was also awarded in a raffle last semester.
The drawings started again on 11 February.
Pr. On February 16, 58% of CCU’s faculty and staff have been vaccinated, and 44% of students have received a COVID-19 vaccine.