Face Covering Protocols Updated for Visitors, Guests

After a review of updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Creighton University has updated its protocols around face coverings.

Visitors and guests, who were previously expected to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces on Creighton’s Omaha campus, will now be allowed to choose whether to wear a face covering in nonclinical buildings based on their personal preference and informed by their personal level of risk.

In addition, face coverings are no longer required to be worn in the Hixson-Lied Science Building and Criss buildings on Creighton’s Omaha campus.

Individuals who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should not come to campus. Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a face covering for at least 10 days. Those protocols are posted on Creighton’s COVID-19 website.

The CDC recently reported that with current high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of medically significant disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people.

The agency, however, did cite that the elderly and people who are immunocompromised are at a higher risk for serious illness.

For that reason, the University continues to require that face coverings be worn in certain health sciences buildings and by health sciences students and faculty in classrooms and laboratories. This measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution to lessen the chance that a patient may be exposed to COVID-19.

The buildings where face coverings are required by everyone, at all times, include:

  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building (Phoenix)
  • Cardiac Center
  • Boyne Building
  • Bio-Information Center (BIC)
  • School of Dentistry Building

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who choose to wear a face covering on campus for whatever reason are encouraged to do so. We are grateful for your flexibility as we continue to monitor the latest data and conditions and adjust our response accordingly.

Do you have questions about Creighton’s COVID-19 protocols? Email CoronavirusResponse@creighton.edu.

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