CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Coastal Carolina University’s indoor mask mandate will continue following an announcement Friday from the university’s board of trustees.
The decision, made during a special meeting, applies to all spaces on campus except for private offices and assigned residential rooms, suites and apartments. A mask is not required while eating.
A vote was not required to continue the mandate.
“It’s a small price to pay to keep our students in the classroom,” trustee Natasha M. Hanna said during Friday’s meeting.
The university saw 62 new positive cases in students from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, according to CCU’s COVID-19 dashboard. During the same time, there were six new employee cases. The university has had 399 positive cases this semester.
“It’s really important that we not only look at what our campus is experiencing, but what’s happening around us,” said Carissa Medeiros, CCU’s director of emergency management. “So there’s many more factors that we take a look at before we can really start thinking about relaxing some of those mitigation measures.”
The number of active cases is lower this week than weeks prior when the number was as high as 117.
“I think that as we see the case numbers go down and we see the mitigation measures working, it really gives us hope, but it gives us hope also in a sense that we can’t let our guard down,” Medeiros said.
The extension of the indoor mask mandate does not have a time frame. The university said it will be revisited when necessary.