Cuyahoga County's COVID-19 Category

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

Late last week, Cuyahoga County’s data moved it into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) high category for COVID-19.

But after reviewing more recent developments and consulting with experts, we have elected to continue our existing policies—rather than enact more restrictive ones.

We made this choice for several reasons, among them:

  • our vaccination rate exceeds 96%,
  • our on-campus population has declined significantly since commencement and
  • the number of people in isolation this week is the lowest it has been since Nov. 8.

We all are weary of adjusting to the latest sets of protocols, only to have them change yet again. After more than two years of living with COVID-19, we know all too well that predicting next week’s level is all but impossible. 

The CDC suggests that people in places with this designation should wear masks when indoors in public. We support anyone who wishes to follow that recommendation, and maintain our requirement that students in instructional settings continue to wear masks.

Please remember that those with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home—or, if living on campus, remain in the residence hall. In addition, we ask that those who test positive COVID-19 notify University Health & Counseling Services at 216.368.2450 or via secure message at For additional information on testing, isolation, and exposures, please visit this updated testing page of our COVID-19 website.

As always, we will continue to follow developments and provide updates as needed.

Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs