Feb. 17, 2022
With the mask mandate lifted for the city of Omaha, and the number of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County dropping significantly from a mid-January peak, we will no longer require that face coverings be worn in all indoor spaces on our Omaha campus, effective today.
Out of an abundance of caution for more vulnerable patient populations, we will continue to require our health sciences students to wear face coverings in all classes and laboratories, and require face coverings for everyone in certain health sciences buildings.
That includes all spaces within the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building in Phoenix, as well as the Cardiac Center, Boyne Building, Bio-Information Center (BIC), Criss Buildings, Hixson-Lied Science Building and School of Dentistry Building on Creighton’s Omaha campus.
We will continue to strongly recommend that face coverings be worn at all indoor athletic venues and at other large campus events, particularly where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
In addition, all students, faculty, and staff who have received a vaccine exemption, and all University guests (regardless of their vaccine status), will be expected to wear a face covering while indoors on campus.
Students, faculty, and staff who would feel more comfortable wearing a face covering on campus are, of course, encouraged to continue to do so.
We will also continue to accept requests for accommodations. Faculty and staff can make that request through Human Resources, 402-280-2709, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can do so through the Disability Services Portal, or by contacting 402-280-2195, SAS@creighton.edu. Students may be required to wear a face covering in a particular class and will be notified accordingly.
Vaccines continue to be our best defense against the virus, and we strongly recommend that students, faculty, and staff get the COVID-19 booster shot. For more information on boosters and where to get them, you can consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or the Douglas County (Omaha), Maricopa County (Phoenix), or other local health department websites.
As always, I am grateful for your flexibility as we continue to monitor the latest data and conditions and adjust our response accordingly.
Thank you for your diligence and commitment to following our COVID-19 guidelines and keeping our campus safe. For more information on our campus response, please continue to follow our COVID-19 website.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD