The use of facial coverings inhibits the most common form of COVID-19 transmission: when one person breathes the respiratory particles of another.
Face Covering Requirements
In line with Oregon Health Authority guidance Reed is not requiring face coverings in most settings. Masks are still required in all health care settings, including Reed’s Health and Counseling Center. In addition, any class, meeting, or event organizer may require masks for particular gatherings at their own discretion. The college strongly encourages mask wearing while indoors in situations where physical distancing is not possible, and for all who feel more comfortable doing so in any situation.
Masks Available ous
The college has a supply of surgical and KN95 face coverings available on campus for community members to use as needed.
KN95 face coverings can be picked-up from mail services during normal business hours. Surgical masks are currently available in various locations across campus, including the Health and Counseling Center, Facilities Services, and 28 West. Face coverings can also be purchased at the Reed bookstore.
Selecting the Best Face Covering
Reed’s face covering recommendations reflect the published guidelines of state and federal public health agencies. The college does not require that a specific type of mask be used, although faculty and event organizers may require specific types of masks in certain settings.
The best face covering is a well-fitting face covering, which covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly around the face without gaps. While cloth face coverings still reduce the spread of respiratory droplets, recent evidence suggests that higher grade masks (including surgical/procedure, N95, and KN95 masks) are most effective at preventing the spread of viral particles. Community members are encouraged to use these higher grade masks when possible.
Face coverings with valves or polyester masks are not effective in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets. Additionally, face shields should be worn only in addition to a mask that covers the nose and mouth.
When selecting a face covering, please review the CDC’s recommendations and follow these guidelines:
- The covering should have ear loops, head and neck straps, or be secured with ties.
- The covering should completely cover your nose and mouth.
- The covering should fit snugly around your face, without gaps.