May 12, 2023
Dear Campus Community,
Our Cabinet was guided by input from different committees and task forces that were established since the beginning of the pandemic. For this academic year, the COVID Monitoring Team (CMT) provided advice on our operations. As we come to the end of the academic year, the CMT has recommended to me, and I have agreed, that we cease all COVID protocols and related policies at Millersville University.
As you may know, May 11, 2023, marked the end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration. That follows the end of the U.S. national emergency to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on April 10, 2023.
Over the past three years, I have marveled at our campus community’s unwavering commitment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have shown resilience, compassion, and professionalism as we tackled each new phase of the pandemic and responded to the federal and state mandates. We have also experienced the pain and loss of colleagues and loved ones.
After three long years, we now find ourselves at a different point in the pandemic, with more tools and resources to better protect ourselves and our communities. Together, we have risen to the challenge and persevered.
The CDC has been working for many months to fold the agency’s COVID-19 emergency response activities into its existing structure and programs, as part of an ongoing transition to sustainable public health practice.
It is time for Millersville University to do the same. We will no longer ask students to inform health services if they have COVID-19. Employees will not be asked to let their supervisor and human resources know if they contract the disease.
Most tools, like vaccines, treatments, and testing, will remain available and I encourage everyone to stay up to date with their vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine will remain free to faculty and staff because it has been added to Highmark’s preventive schedule. In addition, the University will offer a free clinic in September for vaccinations and boosters.
On the behalf of my Cabinet and the MU Council of Trustees, I would like to thank the members of the CMT, led by Dr. Duane Hagelgans, for their efforts throughout the pandemic. We are fortunate to have faculty and staff who stepped up to lead us as we navigated the challenges that the pandemic brought to our doorsteps. I also want to especially thank every member of our community who served on one of the pandemic committees and task forces; your work was instrumental in getting us to where we are today. Thank you.
Enjoy the summer.
With warm regards,
Daniel A. Wubah