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Purdue plans on largely lifting indoor mask mandate by February

Stewart Masks
Emilie Syberg
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%.