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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released "COVID-19 Community Levels," which are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. This tool includes new guidance for COVID prevention, including information for masking in public places based on the community level.

This coincides with the news that Niagara University has identified no positive cases in several days following a steep decline in documented cases over the past weeks. Based on these two developments, the university’s public health team has been in consultation with the Niagara County Department of Health and has met to review and update the university’s mask protocols.

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 28, the university will update its health and safety protocols to include the following for the Lewiston campus:

  • The university will drop its mask requirement in most public places on the Lewiston campus. We will continue to monitor guidance in Ontario and will adjust protocols as appropriate.
  • Masks will continue to be required in classroom settings for the immediate future, and the Forward Niagara team will continue to evaluate this protocol in the weeks ahead.
  • It is important to recognize that some individuals may choose to continue to wear masks in university settings. We ask that you respect the decision of any individual who may make this personal choice.
  • The CDC also notes that individuals with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

In addition to the updated mask guidance, Health Services will no longer contact trace within classrooms, but both Health Services and Human Resources will continue to notify close social contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19. Please refer to these charts for detailed information about what steps to follow if you have come in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or if you test positive.

All employees and students are still required to complete a daily screening to help monitor symptoms of COVID-19 and provide guidance to those who require possible testing. The Forward Niagara team will review this protocol and update protocols based on any updated guidance and recommendations.

We continue to strongly encourage all members of our university community to receive a COVID-19 booster when eligible (five months after the second dose of a Pfizer vaccine; six months after the second dose of a Moderna vaccine; and two months after receiving one dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Together, we have managed the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases on campus and in surrounding communities continue to trend downward and have reached relatively low levels. Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of the campus community. If you have questions, please email ForwardNU@niagara.edu.

New York State Department of Health

Niagara University continues to follow guidance from leading health organizations, including the New York State Department of Health.

Niagara County Department of Health Vaccine Information

Use this site to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment (required) at a New York State-run vaccination site. Niagara County Department of Health