Masks Now Optional in Most Campus Areas at ICOM

Masks are now encouraged, but not required, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

On Friday, March 4, the College’s COVID-19 Task Force issued new guidance effective immediately, allowing masks to be optional in the common areas on campus.

This updated guidance coincides with the COVID community level in Ada County dropping from “high” to “medium.” According to the latest CDC guidance, masks are not required unless the community level is high. 

In addition to the updated mask protocol, ICOM’s COVID-19 Task Force also issued the following caveats:

  • Everyone should feel free to wear a mask if they have a medical need or personal desire to do so.
  • Masks may still be required for close-contact training. Students and employees should continue to bring their masks to the OPP Lab, clinical skills, etc.
  • Course directors may still request that masks be worn for some training and educational activities.
  • If the community risk level goes back to “high,” ICOM may return to masking protocols.
  • Individuals should remain off campus if sick or have symptoms concerning for COVID.
  • Remain diligent with sanitization and personal hygiene.
  • Campus guests are encouraged to wear masks, but it is not required. 

COVID test kits remain available free of charge for students and employees in need. Questions or concerns from students should be directed to Liz Watson. Employees should contact Shannon Blackstock.

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