Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Facial Coverings & Guidelines

Facial coverings both indoors and outdoors are optional but strongly recommended for members of our community. 

There are several circumstances in which individuals will still be required to wear a high-quality, well-fitting facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Anyone who has tested positive (wear for at least three days following the seven days of isolation).
  • Anyone who has been a close contact of a positive case within 10 days of exposure.
  • Anyone visiting or working at Tartan Testing or University Health Services.
  • Anyone in a university child care setting, including the Cyert Center for Early Education and The Children’s School.

If you cannot wear a facial covering due to a medical condition, please contact either the Office of Disability Resources (students) or HR Disability Services (employees) to request an exemption.

High-quality, well-fitting facial coverings, including KN95 masks are available at no cost to students, faculty and staff. To request a facial covering, please email fixit@andrew.cmu.edu. In compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the university’s Respiratory Protection Program, we are unable to distribute N95 masks.

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Additional information regarding facial coverings is available here: Your Guide to Masks | CDC

Disposable Facial Coverings Available On Campus

  • KN95 masks are available in vending machines at several locations on campus
  • The three-layered, disposable facial coverings available at CUC and Tepper School of Business are high quality, latex free and contain elastic ear loops.

    Departments may obtain a supply of individually wrapped disposable masks by requesting a work order thru fixit at fixit@andrew.cmu.edu and then submitting an order thru the online FMS PPE catalogue.

Facial Covering Guidelines

CMU will continue to monitor the overall COVID-19 landscape both regionally and nationally to inform and guide its ongoing mitigations. The COVID-19 situation is fluid, so the university will continue to reassess the continued requirement for facial coverings/masks based on epidemiological data, vaccination rates, virus prevalence and best health practices.


Guidelines for
Facial Coverings


Individuals Up to Date on
Vaccinations


Individuals Not Up to Date on Vaccinations

Facial coverings on public transportation, including Carnegie Mellon shuttles

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

Facial coverings in healthcare settings

REQUIRED

REQUIRED

Facial coverings in Cohon Fitness Center

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

Facial coverings in other indoor public settings (including classrooms and libraries)

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

Tartan Testing

REQUIRED

REQUIRED

Facial coverings outdoors or private settings like dorm rooms or individual offices

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

 


Other Guidelines


Individuals Up to Date on
Vaccinations


Individuals Not Up to Date on Vaccinations

Following guidelines in local businesses and organizations

EXPECTED

EXPECTED

Avoiding travel to places with high COVID-19 rates

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

STRONGLY RECOMMEND

University Quarantine and Isolation Chart Following COVID-19 Exposure

Additional Resources

Please note that some of the articles linked below are behind a paywall.