Georgetown University (GU) in Washington, DC announced on Aug. 22 that masks would still be required in “indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, on the Main and Medical Center campuses.”
The announcement reinforces GU’s July message regarding mask mandates.
The mandates contradict the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines that suggest masks are optional during low periods of COVID-19 cases.
D.C.’s current rate is 89.6 cases per week.
The university also informed students that they would be conducting wastewater testing for COVID-19 to “help assess public health conditions on campus in the coming weeks.”
The CDC states, “People infected with SARS-CoV-2 can shed the virus in their feces, even if they don’t have symptoms. The virus can then be detected in wastewater, enabling wastewater surveillance to capture [the] presence of SARS-CoV-2 shed by people with and without symptoms.”