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On Tuesday, July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that vaccinated people resume wearing a mask indoors under certain circumstances:

The CDC’s interactive site, the Covid Data Tracker, shows transmission rates at the county and city level. These rates can change daily.

For example, on Wednesday evening, July 28, Alexandria City and Loudoun County were categorized as areas with “substantial” levels of community transmission according to the CDC. From Wednesday to Thursday, Loudoun’s transmission rate changed from “substantial” to “moderate.”

Since March 2020, all Covid-related policies and public health restrictions in place at NOVA have been authorized by Governor Northam and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The Governor and VCCS are currently reviewing the updated CDC guidance.

In the meantime, NOVA continues to strongly recommend face coverings for all non-vaccinated employees and students, and we fully support vaccinated individuals who may choose to wear one as well. Free face coverings are available at each campus NOVA Parking & NOVACard Office for anyone who needs one.

NOVA is closely monitoring the situation and planning for a wide range of potential scenarios, using knowledge and experience gained over the last 18 months. In the event of any changes or developments, you can find the most up-to-date information below. 

Key Resources

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Website: Daily statewide and local data, situation summary, vaccination information and guidance for Virginians experiencing symptoms or who learn they have been exposed

CDC Coronavirus Website: National data and guidance for individuals and organizations, including:

Symptoms of Covid-19

How to get a Covid-19 vaccine in Virginia

Covid-19 myths and facts

NOVA Fall 2021 FAQ

What safety protocols will remain in place for our return?

Safety protocols continuing into the foreseeable future include handwashing signage, hygiene stations in classrooms and hallways, providing free face coverings and alcohol wipes, continuing improvements to indoor air quality and maintaining enhanced cleaning services.

Will I be required to wear a face covering in NOVA buildings?

Since March 2020, all Covid-related policies and public health restrictions in place at NOVA have been authorized by Governor Northam and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The Governor and VCCS are reviewing the updated CDC guidance and we do not know whether Governor Northam or other state authorities will seek to introduce corresponding masking mandates.

In the meantime, NOVA continues to strongly recommend face coverings for all non-vaccinated employees and students, and we fully support vaccinated individuals who may choose to wear one as well. Face coverings are available at each campus’ NOVA Parking & NOVACard Office for anyone who needs one.

Can I wear a face covering even though I have been vaccinated?

The choice to wear a face covering is a personal decision. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering should not be treated differently or stigmatized.

What class formats will be available this Fall?

Please see this link for more information. 

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