CMU approaches first academic year with no COVID requirements

Davies announces plan for fall flu vaccine clinic

An overall view of the vaccination clinic in Finch Fieldhouse, Friday, April 23. The organizers of the event were set up efficiently enough that they could handle up to 3,000 vaccinations.

COVID-19 regulations have changed rapidly since the pandemic began over two years ago.

Here’s the latest on Central Michigan University’s pandemic precautions.

According to Central Michigan University’s website, masks are optional in all spaces, indoor and outdoor, except those mandated by state or federal government, like health clinics or public transportation.

CMU will not require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated, however it is strongly encouraged.

“National health leaders – and our own CMU Health experts – still say vaccination is a vital tool in preventing serious illness from COVID-19, and so we strongly encourage every member of our community to receive their full vaccination regimen, including the booster,” said President Bob Davies, in a mid-August email to the campus community.

He encouraged anyone who has traveled over the summer to be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available at many local pharmacies and for mail order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

Beginning Aug. 29, the first day of classes, CMU will offer COVID-19 testing on campus though weekly testing for non-vaccinated individuals is no longer required.

Visit the Central Michigan District Health Department’s website for more information about testing sites throughout the region.

Davies' email said anyone who is feeling sick should stay home. The CMU health screening app is available to report symptoms of COVID-19, or CMU recommends contacting a health care provider.

“Each of us can take steps to protect our own health and well-being, as well as the safety of our friends, classmates and colleagues,” Davies said.

Stay updated on the latest Michigan COVID-19 information by visiting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s website. Find more information about COVID-19 on CMU’s campus by visiting its website.

As flu season approaches, Davies said vaccines for it will be offered on campus. Dates and information for the clinics will be available in the near future.