Shippensburg University has updated COVID-19 protocols for the spring 2022 semester. Recent changes include testing for all residential students and stricter mask recommendations.
On Jan. 14, the university sent an email to students with the COVID-19 updates. Students living on-campus for the spring semester were required to test negative for the COVID-19 virus before moving into the residence halls. The university provided rapid tests for students upon arrival on Sunday, Jan. 16.
Requirements and recommendations for face coverings on-campus have been refined for indoor and outdoor wear. The university recommended using surgical grade masks or higher quality instead of cloth masks. Face coverings are still required to be worn in all buildings on the campus. Face masks are also recommended to be worn outdoors by individuals when not able to socially distance.
Additionally, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in the Ceddia Union Building will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring semester. Symptomatic testing will be available at the Etter Health Center throughout the week but must be scheduled by calling 717- 477-1458, according to Etter staff.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are susceptible to contract some variants of COVID-19, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More information regarding the Omicron variant can be found here on the CDC website.
As of Monday, Jan. 24, there have been 92 positive COVID-19 tests, 92 people in isolation and 16 people in quarantine, according to the Raider Respect website.
Since Jan. 1, 2022, there have been 213 positive COVID-19 tests, 121 of them from commuter students, 59 from residentail students and 33 from university employees.
For more information regarding Shippensburg University COVID-19 guidelines, visit raiderrespect.ship.edu.