Fairmont State adds advanced COVID-19 protocol


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont State to require masks as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise.

Following suit with other local universities, Fairmont State has decided to add advanced COVID-19 protocols that will begin on Thursday, Aug. 19.

The WV DHHR has listed Marion County’s COVID-19 Alert Color as Orange, meaning that it has 15- 24.9 cases per 100,000 people. This change prompted the university to implement the following protocols until further notice:

  • Masks are required by all individuals on campus, even if vaccinated, including indoor areas, outdoor areas and during events.
  • Individuals working in an office alone, with the door closed, may remove their mask.
  • Faculty may choose to reduce classroom density up to 50%. 
  • All classes face-to-face, synchronously broadcast and recorded. 
  • Faculty should hold advising sessions remotely and limit time on campus. 
  • Events of 25 or more may be postponed or canceled. If an event needs to be modified, postponed or cancelled as a result of advanced COVID-19 protocols you will be notified in a separate communication.  

Fairmont will update the protocols as the WV DHHR numbers indicate that it is safe to do so.

You can look at the most recent COVID-19 numbers here.

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