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Purdue plans on largely lifting indoor mask mandate by February

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Emilie Syberg
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WBAA
Current masking guidelines will remain in place through at least January 2022.

Purdue University announced plans Monday to lift a mask mandate in many indoor spaces at the beginning of February.

Face coverings will still be required in classroom and teaching settings. In a message sent Monday, Protect Purdue Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Esteban Ramirez said the shift will depend on COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the community as the second semester begins.

Vaccination rates will also be considered. Currently, 88% of the school’s campus population has been inoculated against COVID. But Ramirez also emphasized that booster shots could become a necessity, and urged people to schedule appointments at Purdue’s ongoing vaccine clinic.

As of Monday, the school’s seven-day COVID testing positivity rate was at 1.19%. In Tippecanoe County, that number stood at 4.3%.