|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Wellness Center, Message from Facilities|
|Date Sent:||Thursday, February 25, 2021 01:10 PM CST|
Update on CDC Mask Guidance, Compliance Reminder
February 25, 2021
As you may have seen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided additional guidance for wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
New CDC research reveals that wearing two masks—a cloth face mask on top of a surgical mask—can provide more protection than one loose-fitting mask, one without a filter, or one made of a single layer of material. The CDC now recommends wearing either a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric or wearing one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. They do not recommend wearing two disposable masks simultaneously.
When selecting a mask, the CDC recommends individuals do the following:
- Choose a mask with a nose wire
- Use a mask fitter or brace
- Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin
- Add layers of material, making sure you can breathe easily
- Knot and tuck ear loops of a 3-ply mask
Loyola University Chicago’s mask policy has not changed at this time. Students, faculty, and staff must continue to wear a mask if coming to campus but are not required to wear two masks if one mask provides adequate protection. While not approved for medical use and not formally tested, the Loyola-branded cloth masks distributed to our community do meet CDC standards, as they consist of two layers of fabric and fit snugly around the mouth and nose.
COVID-19 compliance is everyone’s responsibility. We want to remind you that if you see anything on or around Loyola’s campuses that you believe to be an infraction of our COVID-19 safety practices, please report it to 773-508-MASK (6275). Those who do not follow Loyola’s surveillance testing protocol and plan to access campus will lose building access privileges until they have received a negative result from one of Loyola’s tests. Repeated failure to comply will also be considered a violation of Loyola’s Community Standards and will result in a referral to one’s supervisor/chair (employee) or the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (student).
Correct and consistent mask use remains critical to prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage our community to continue complying with on-campus surveillance testing protocol and the Required Personal Safety Practices to keep one another safe.
Yours in health and safety,
Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Health and Safety Officer, Management, Policy, and Command
Director, Wellness Center
Associate Vice President for Facilities