Updated Feb. 28, 2022

Lakeland Community College is updating its mask requirements based on the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) new guidance. Effective Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, students, employees, and visitors to Lakeland's campus may choose whether or not to wear a mask while inside our buildings.

This ‘mask optional' status will be contingent on the county's community level remaining below ‘high' per the CDC community level tracker.

The CDC has introduced a new way of measuring community COVID levels and issued new mask guidance for each level. COVID-19 Community Levels help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.

Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, and Cuyahoga counties are presently at:

Medium, and the guidance is to wear a mask:

  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness
    • Talk to your health care provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public
  • If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.

The only level for which the CDC indicates masks should be worn indoors is ‘high.'

Note: Under the previous CDC community transmission rating system, Lake County was most recently at ‘moderate' for the past week or two (down from ‘significant' and ‘high'). We previously indicated that maintaining a ‘moderate' level for two to three weeks could be our ‘green light' for lifting the mask mandate.

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