As the holiday season approaches and many people begin planning parties and related travel, WVU would like to remind educators, staff and students to remain vigilant and protect themselves and others from the potential spread of COVID-19.
The best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep family and friends safer is to have eligible people vaccinated. We are encouraged by the steadily increasing vaccination rate among our students, faculty and staff; however, we will continue to monitor conditions as we deal with colder weather and more indoor gatherings.
Remark: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, COVID-19 testing will be limited on campus. WVU’s testing services will be closed from Monday (November 22) and will extend through November 26; however, the Monongalia County Health Department will offer testing at the Rec Center Tuesday (Nov. 23) from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their updated guidelines for meetings and travel during the pandemic.
Safer Ways to Get Together During the Holidays:
Protect those who are not yet eligible for vaccination, such as young children, by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth when in public
indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated.
If you are meeting with a group of people from multiple households and possibly from different parts of the country, consider additional precautions (e.g. avoid crowded indoor areas before travelling, do a test) before getting together to further reduce the risk.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If you are sick or have symptoms, do not organize or attend a meeting.
Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Traveling during the holidays:
Everyone, even people who have been fully vaccinated, is required to wear a mask on public transportation (airplanes, buses, trains) and at U.S. transportation hubs and to follow international travel recommendations.
Avoid crowds and stay at least 2 meters (about two arm’s length) away from anyone not traveling with you.
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60%) alcohol.
Check out CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel pages for the latest recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Visit the CDC website for more information on reducing risk during vacation meetings and the Return to Campus website for the latest travel advice for educators, staff, and students.
dr. Kathryn S. Moffett, is a professor, division chief of pediatric infectious diseases, and director of the Mountain State Cystic Fibrosis Center. She answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and flu shots around the holidays. Watch the video.
Watch the video.
WVU Health Sciences has also updated the coronavirus.wvu.edu website with the most current information about vaccines and the Delta variant.
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