Date: 2/25/2022

COVID-19 Campus Update

The number of COVID cases in Stark County continues to dramatically decline.  In early January, the 7 day case average was 626 cases in Stark County. In late February, the 7 day case average was 26. We anticipate that as the weather improves, the case count will continue to decline. Additionally the CDC guidance has recently been modified to reflect a revised masking recommendation while indoors.  

Effective immediately, masking will be optional for all while on campus. We continue to ask for everyone to always be mindful of practicing good judgement. If you are sick, stay home. Monitor your health and don’t put others in jeopardy. Be courteous if you are around someone with a need for physical distance. And please consider vaccination as another tool in helping to protect yourself and others.. We thank you for your diligence over the course of this pandemic to keep our campus safe.

Mask and Distance

Masking is optional while on campus regardless of vaccination status. We ask that all members of Cav Nation respond charitably for the sake of the common good and be courteous when you are around someone with a need for physical distance.

Contact Tracing

Walsh University will continue to contact trace in instances where the positive case is a member of your household (family members, roommates, etc.) and other higher-risk settings.

Testing Positive and Exposure

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be directed to return home for the quarantine/isolation period. Persons who have had close contact exposure to COVID-19 but have been vaccinated and received an updated booster will not be required to quarantine. All others with close contact exposure will be required to quarantine for a period of five days. Proof of vaccination will be required so it is important to have a copy of your vaccination card.

Reporting

The Federal Government continues to require institutional reporting on COVID19 cases.  If you have tested positive or have questions, please contact: 

Employees: Laurel Lusk, Vice-President for Business and Finance Affairs at (330) 244-4762 | llusk@walsh.edu

Students: The Office of Student Affairs at (330) 490-7301 or covid19response@walsh.edu.  

Vaccinations and Boosters

Vaccinations and boosters remain widely available.  The university strongly encourages Cav Nation to keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.  Getting fully vaccinated remains the best defense against the virus.  We encourage members of CAV Nation to seek guidance from your healthcare provider and, if you are able, consider getting vaccinated and boosted to support a safe and active campus community.  

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 tests remain available through AultmanNow – Washington Square.  Tests are available to all of Cav Nation, just ask for the Walsh COVID Test. Testing is left to the discretion of the treating medical professionals.  In addition, complimentary COVID home tests continue to be available on campus and from the CDC (https://www.covidtests.gov)

Questions?  Please contact: 

Walsh Parents/Families/Students:
Dr. Michael Dunphy, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 330-490-7201
Bryan Badar, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, 330-490-7301 
Walsh University Employees:
Laurel Lusk, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs/CFO, 330-244-4762 
Media Inquiries:
Teresa Fox, Vice President of Marketing/Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer, 330-490-7503