JCC decides to reinstate mask mandate for all

Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — As of Wednesday, Jefferson Community College has updated its COVID-19 protocols and reinstated a mask mandate for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.

The mandate comes as concern over COVID-19, namely the delta variant, rises and the levels of community transmission increase in many counties. Jefferson County, at a positivity rate of 2%, is currently listed at the moderate level. The county’s transmission rate was less than 1% a month ago.

Those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and who are on campus regularly, will be required to test weekly for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated students can opt-out of weekly testing by submitting proof of vaccination.

Prospective students and visitors are encouraged to make appointments before visiting the college campus. Walk-in services and virtual appointments will continue.

JCC faculty are to report back on Monday, Aug. 23, and instruction is set to begin a week later.

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