UMass Amherst recommending higher filtration masks after upping COVID protocol


AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst is upping COVID-19 protocol for the upcoming school year, strongly recommending that all students returning for the spring semester wear higher filtration masks, or double up.

This updated guidelines issued in a release by the university come in light of surging case counts. Masks considered higher filtration include the N95 or KN95.

The university is also telling 22News they’ve placed a large order for KN95 masks, which will be available for students, staff and faculty at no charge.

“I think it makes sense that their regulating masks to a higher standard now, I think we know it’s getting pretty serious.”

Students who wish to continue wearing other face coverings are being urged to double up.

In the meantime, UMass also announced the death of a university employee from Covid-19, the first time an active employee of the university has died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

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