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UPDATED: Masks no longer required on BSU, NTC campuses

Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College no longer require masks as a COVID mitigation measure in all on-campus spaces as of March 4.

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BEMIDJI – Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College no longer require masks as a COVID mitigation measure in all on-campus spaces as of March 4.

According to a March 1 announcement by President Faith Hensrud , the decision to remove the mask mandate was based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control stating indoor face covering requirements can end if Beltrami County is rated as low or medium-level for its COVID transmission rate.

At that time, masks were still required in academic spaces and offices until further clarification on the new guidance was provided from the Minnesota State System of Colleges and Universities.

“Effective immediately, face coverings are no longer required in campus residence halls, the Gillett Wellness Center, on-campus dining facilities, in the Hobson Memorial Union or at home intercollegiate athletics events,” Hensrud said in response to Beltrami County’s medium-level transmission rate on Tuesday.

On Thursday, a second announcement clarified the institutions’ mandate removal as encompassing the entirety of both campuses.

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Emphasizing that the pandemic is ongoing, Hensrud added, “the virus remains present in our community, and I encourage you to continue taking appropriate steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.”

Hensrud encourages vaccinations and booster doses for students through on-campus vaccination clinics.

County-level transmission data can be found using the CDC’s online tool at www.cdc.gov .

More information on BSU and NTC’s mitigation measures can be found at www.bemidjistate.edu and www.ntcmn.edu .

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