Message from Director EHS and Emergency Manager David Oliver - Fall Semester COVID-19 Update
- David E. Oliver
- Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022
This fall, WKU looks forward to beginning the academic year under normal operations. While COVID-19 will likely be a part of our lives moving forward, we now find ourselves in a much different position than we were in to start the previous two fall semesters. Vaccines remain readily available, and a significant percentage of our campus community has chosen to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
We will continue to monitor the virus and all variants and adjust plans as necessary. However, we do not anticipate starting the semester with a mask requirement, nor will we limit capacity at indoor activities. Additionally, we will not collect vaccination status information as we did last fall.
We will maintain our COVID assistance line to assist with contact tracing. Anyone who tests positive or has been identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual must contact the assistance line within four hours by calling 270-745-2019. We will continue to provide quarantine space for residential students who test positive.
The department of Environmental Health and Safety is offering KN95 masks to those members of the WKU community at no cost. To request masks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vaccines and boosters are readily available in our area, including at Graves Gilbert Clinic at WKU. The COVID vaccine remains our best defense against the virus. If you are not yet vaccinated or have not obtained a booster shot, we encourage you to take this important preventative measure.
Home test kits are available from the U.S. government at https://www.covid.gov/tests Graves Gilbert Clinic at WKU will have testing available during the normal operational hours, their location on Nashville Road is open 7 days per week 7:30 a – 7:30 p. Most area pharmacies also offer Covid testing.
Additional information and operational updates will be provided as needed. If you have questions consult your healthcare provider, or https://www.wku.edu/healthyonthehill/.
David E. Oliver Ed.D, CSP, CEM
Director Environmental Health & Safety