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May 19, 2021
Last week, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated their COVID-19 protocols and recommendations. These changes will impact all of us and we have spent the last several days determining what this means for BGSU moving forward.
First, we recognize the revised guidelines were made based on growing scientific data around the overwhelming effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. For example, just last week, researchers from Cleveland Clinic released preliminary data that shows 99% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated. In addition, the CDC’s MMWR report recently found the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are 94% effective against COVID-19 hospitalization among fully vaccinated adults. As previously announced, BGSU is strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.
Changes to BGSU health and safety protocols
On June 2, BGSU will make several changes to our current health and safety protocols, following relaxed statewide regulations that encourage businesses and schools to make their own decisions about how to best keep their students, employees and customers safe. These changes include:
  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings outdoors while on BGSU campuses;
  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear face coverings indoors, unless they are in a group setting of 10 or more individuals, while on BGSU campuses;
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings whenever they are around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
BGSU will also begin to host larger, in-person events throughout the summer. By waiting until June 2 to make these changes, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to get vaccinated before the new guidelines take effect. We will continually evaluate our health and safety protocols throughout the summer and communicate important updates and messages with you.
Vaccination status
Based on what we know today, BGSU will be maximizing our in-person class offerings, events and gatherings for the fall. In order to do that, we will need to confidently know the majority of our community is vaccinated. Not only do vaccines protect you, they also protect those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons. BGSU will be rolling out the opportunity for individuals to voluntarily submit their vaccination status. We will also introduce incentives for students, faculty and staff to participate in this program.
Answering your questions
Additionally, we want to have the opportunity to engage with our community about these changes. We are in the process of building a robust FAQ and encourage you to submit questions you may have now. Next week, we will also host live, virtual town halls to engage in a dialogue on the University's new health and safety protocols and our next steps in this global pandemic. A town hall for current and incoming students, parents and families will be held on Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. A town hall for BGSU faculty and staff will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Both events will be livestreamed and additional information will be shared in the coming days.
A community of care
Just as we have done throughout the pandemic, BGSU will remain flexible as restrictions are lifted. We will respect the comfort levels of our students, faculty and staff who wish to continue to follow certain health and safety measures, such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing and health checks. As you interact with others on BGSU campuses, we encourage you to be respectful of one another, building a community of care, as we have done this past year. We are looking forward to a more normal campus life and appreciate how far we have come together to reach this moment.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
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Vaccination opportunities throughout Ohio
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BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline
The BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is open, with staff available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics. The hotline is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voicemails are checked regularly and returned on Sundays and holidays. To call the hotline, reach out at 419-372-3000.

BGSU Counseling Center
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