K-State Removes Mask Requirement On All Campuses, Effective March 2nd


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Effective March 2, Kansas State University will strongly encourage — but not require — that everyone wear masks while indoors on university property. Read the university’s updated mask guidance. The university’s updated face mask guidance is based on the newest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for determining face mask requirements.

The CDC is changing the way it measures community levels of disease. Rather than focusing solely on COVID-19 cases, the CDC is now including additional metrics, such as hospital beds and hospital admissions. While face masks are now optional for all individuals on K-State campuses and at university events, mask requirements do remain in effect for university shuttles because of United States Department of Transportation policy.

The CDC is using COVID-19 Community Levels to help communities determine what prevention steps are needed. All three Kansas State University campus host counties — Riley County, Saline County and Johnson County — are at medium risk levels, where face masks are not required. If COVID-19 conditions change in the future, the university may return to mitigation measures, including masking, physical distancing and other measures.

According to the CDC guidance, people may choose to mask at any time, and high-risk individuals should consult with their health care providers, as should those who live with or care for higher risk people. Individuals who had exposure to someone with COVID-19 should also wear a mask. People with symptoms or a positive test should stay home.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is an effective way for individuals to support their own health and the health and wellness of the K-State community and our host communities. There are multiple ways for K-State students, faculty and staff to find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.

Signage and the university COVID-19 website will be updated soon. Read more about the vaccine and university guidance on the COVID-19 website.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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