October 1, 2021
University monitors positive trends in COVID-19 transmission
Kansas State University continues to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trends at the county level for rate of transmission of COVID-19. The current data uses seven-day rolling averages to determine county spread, which is one of the data points supporting our multilayered mitigation plan.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 29, Riley County was in the moderate transmission category for the first time in months, according to the CDC. Saline County and Johnson County remain in the high transmission category, as do most counties in Kansas.
While this a positive development, these data points fluctuate over time and the university will continue to monitor trends prior to making decisions about lifting mitigation techniques. The current face mask policy remains in effect and requires that everyone must wear face masks over their mouths and noses in all indoor spaces on university property unless alone in their own private offices or workspaces.
K-State will provide updates to university COVID-19 guidance through K-State Today and the university COVID-19 website.
The best defense against this virus remains getting vaccinated. Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine are strongly encouraged to do so.
If you wish to get vaccinated please contact Lafene Health Center, your local health department, or your private physician. Vaccines are free and have been proven safe after millions of inoculations.