Delaware Technical Community College announced Tuesday that it was lifting vaccination, testing and mask requirements for employees, student and visitors, effective immediately.
It reserved the right to require masking when should a county meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standards for masking.
“After consultation with the Delaware Division of Public Health, I am revising the College’s interim COVID-19 policies as set forth below,” Dr. Mark T. Brainerd, president of DelTech, said in a press release. “These revisions are in accordance with recent guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Delaware.”
The rule change is subject to change, he said.
Delaware officials, including Gov. John Carney, have been lifting indoor mask requirements since the CDC said Friday that any county that is has a low or medium spread of the COVID-19 virus could drop mask mandates. Areas with high spread of the virus should continue masking, it said.
New Castle County is considered a low-spread area, while Kent and Sussex counties are considered medium spread.
Brainerd pointed out that some exceptions exist.
While DelTech isn’t requiring student vaccination, being vaccinated may be required by an external site where a student is doing an internship or clinical rotation. Many healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physical therapy offices or diagnostic centers, continue to ask clients and staff to wear masks.
The press release said staff, students and visitors should wear a face covering if they would like to; when they are immunocompromised or at risk of severe illness; or when they live or have social contact with someone who is immunocompromised or at risk of severe illness.
The release also said that directives regarding self-screening, reporting positive cases/contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine remain in effect until further notice.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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