Mask mandate returns to all K-State campuses

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In a special edition of K-State Today, university officials announced that starting Aug. 3, all Kansas State campuses will have everyone resume wearing face masks.

The announcement follows CDC recommendations that vaccinated individuals return to wearing masks in public indoor spaces. The recommendation urges all teachers, staff, students and visitors to wear masks on school property, regardless of vaccination status.

These recommendations come in light of recent data surrounding the growing delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which has a higher transmission rate than previous strains.

K-State officials first lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals on June 2 while urging unvaccinated people to get the vaccine if at all possible. As of July 7, Lafene Health Center estimates that around 72 percent of K-State students, staff and faculty have received the vaccine as part of the College Vaccine Challenge.

Those interested in receiving the vaccine should contact a private physician, the local health department or set up an appointment through the myLafene+ patient portal.

My name is Jared Shuff, and I am a former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I worked as the arts & culture editor and as a contributing writer for the news desk. I am a senior in secondary education with an emphasis in English/journalism. I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, and attended Hutchinson Community College before transferring to K-State in 2020.