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Southeast Mo. State University updates face covering guidelines, vaccination events

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 2:33 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2022 at 11:23 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University released its COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming Spring semester, to help protect the campus body amidst the rise of COVID-19 cases.

“They have to continue doing it in order to stop the spread,” said Niharika Rasthapuram, a SEMO student.

Niharika and Rohith are a long way from home. They left India to attend Southeast Missouri State University this Spring.

Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, they feel comfortable knowing in the classroom everyone will mask up, but it won’t be a big change for them.

“I wore my masks and sanitize my masks regularly before coming here. After coming here, I also maintained the same thing, like the social distancing,” said Rasthapuram.

“It’s better to wear masks because there are people who are coming from various countries coming here to do master’s or something,” said Thota.

Face coverings are required in the following areas:

  • Indoor instructional spaces during class or labs
  • Campus shuttles and transit services
  • The University School for Young Children consistent with current CDC recommended guidance
  • Health-related spaces, including the Campus Health Clinic, which is operated by SoutheastHEALTH

They are not required in residence halls, the student recreation center, office spaces, dining areas and common areas on campus.

Dearmont Hall will continue to be an isolation housing option for students who live in on-campus housing.

The State of Missouri’s COVID-19 related State of Emergency expired on Dec. 31. As a result, if you test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, you are encouraged to isolate from others. If you are sick, they said to stay home and do not attend class or work.

The letter states “Achieving high rates of vaccination continues to be the most important step we can take as a community to reduce the spread and risks associated with COVID-19.”

“I give my trust to the higher ups, where they do their research and they go out of their way to have that public health in mind,” said Phillip Francis, a SEMO student.

Francis said the campus guidelines aren’t difficult and should be easy to follow.

“I feel like they were fairly lenient and I understand with the masks in the classroom,” said Francis.

“They should do this continuously,” said Rasthapuram.

University leaders ask that people continue to be respectful of everyone’s personal decisions. They said those who prefer wearing a mask should continue that practice.

While social distancing protocols are not in place, they encourage everyone to practice social distancing in group situations whenever possible.

All students, faculty and staff may get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster at on-campus clinics. Dates and locations include:

DateLocationAvailable vaccines
Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.University Center Program LoungePfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noonUniversity Center Program LoungePfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.University Center Program LoungePfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson

According to the university’s Protect the Nest page, another campus update on face covering guidance will be will provided no later than Feb. 18.

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