Omicron and COVID-19 Update
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made headlines and is beginning to make its way around the world. We are keeping an eye on this variant and awaiting more information on its potential impact. As we are learning, it may take a couple of weeks before the WHO, CDC and other health organizations understand this variant and release more details.
While health officials have identified cases of the Omicron variant in the U.S., they remind Americans there is no reason to panic. The best practices continue to be to know the symptoms, get vaccinated, get a booster shot and wear a mask. To find vaccination and booster locations in the Peoria area, click here.
While we continue to watch the progression of this variant, our campus protocols remain in place.
- Regardless of vaccination status, all people are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces on campus. This includes the Cullom-Davis Library.
- Students, faculty or staff who have not submitted evidence of vaccination or received an exemption will not be allowed on campus after Dec. 21, 2021.
- Starting Jan. 4, 2022, individuals with medical or religious exemptions must present a negative COVID-19 test result each week. Exempt students, faculty and staff are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test.
We are also following the recent announcement regarding the federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) from OSHA to address COVID-19 in the workplace. When more information is available, we will share it with you.