February 23, 2022, Task Force Update

February 23, 2022 | by the Elmhurst University COVID-19 Task Force

Dear Elmhurst University Community:

We are pleased to report that our campus has experienced a similar decline in positive COVID-19 cases that we have witnessed beyond campus. A total of 15 positive cases were reported since our last update on February 11. Our continued thanks for all the steps you are taking to keep yourself and others safe.

Masking Policy

We have been receiving numerous questions about any planned changes to our masking policy. Following the Illinois Governor’s announcement that he will be lifting the mask mandate on February 28, the COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss how to proceed with our campus mask policy in a way that best serves the overall wellbeing of our University community. After thoughtful consideration, our current plan is to maintain our current mask policy (i.e., masks required in University-owned and -operated facilities) until at least Spring Break, March 18, 2022. As we approach that date, the COVID-19 Task Force will be studying the impact of the state-wide mask mandate rollback and will make a recommendation to the President about how the University should proceed after Spring Break. An email with this information will be sent to the campus ahead of March 18.

Overall, we have successfully navigated this pandemic because we have followed the guidance of government and public health agencies, informed by what the science indicates are appropriate steps. As we move forward, we will continue to follow this guidance. Please continue to do your part to protect your fellow Bluejays by wearing properly-fitted masks, staying home when you are not feeling well, and washing your hands often.

Reported Positive Cases

  • The number of reported positive cases from February 12–February 23: 15
  • The number of reported positive cases for February: 27
  • The number of reported positive cases since January 1: 211


  • Rapid tests are available in the Faganel Lobby on Tuesdays from noon–3:00 p.m.
  • PCR tests are available on Wednesdays from noon–3:00 p.m. in the Faganel Lobby. You must register 24 hours prior to PCR testing. Please submit your request only once, and make sure that all fields on the form are accurate and complete before sending. Weekly registration will be available for the next test date only. No registration is necessary for those who are required to test weekly.

Additional Information

  • If you have any symptoms or a fever, please stay home and remain home until you are symptom- and fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask (non-cloth masks such as KN95, N95, or surgical masks are highly recommended) in all University-owned and -operated facilities. Your mask should cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often on a daily basis. Use hand sanitizer whenever possible.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please complete the Self-Reporting Form.
  • If you have any questions pertaining to COVID-19 on campus, please send an email to covid19questions@elmhurst.edu.

Please be safe and stay healthy!

Bluejay Proud!
COVID-19 Task Force

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