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WVU eases mask requirements on PRT, university buses

PRT waiting for students to load in

Passengers are no longer required to wear masks while riding on West Virginia University’s Public Rapid Transit or buses across the WVU System, beginning today (April 20) and pending any additional guidance after a federal court ruling this week. 

While the University’s PRT and buses are now mask optional, masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone who needs or chooses to wear one is encouraged to do so.

Additionally, travelers should closely monitor other providers’ transportation guidelines, which may vary, as well as policy differences for domestic and international flights, depending on the destination and airline. 

Testing Clinics Available

WVU and the Monongalia Health Department continue to offer free community COVID-19 testing at the Student Recreation Center. Testing clinics will take place:

  ·   Monday (8-11 a.m.) – April 25

  ·   Thursdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – April 21 and 28

No appointment or pre-registration is required for the testing clinics. Free parking is available in Area 49. Additionally, the federal government has a website ( for people to sign up for a maximum of two sets of four free COVID-19 tests, which will be shipped directly to the individual’s household.

Vaccine Clinics Available

WVU strongly encourages, but does not require, everyone to stay optimally protected against COVID-19 by getting their primary vaccine series and staying up to date with a booster dose if they are eligible to receive one.

To determine when they are eligible and due for a booster shot (or any COVID-19 shot), West Virginians are encouraged to use the WV COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator, a free online tool that helps anyone figure out when they may become due for a COVID-19 shot. Access the calculator by scrolling down at   

A vaccination clinic is being held today (April 20) from 9-11 a.m. at the Student Rec Center. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be offered.

Upcoming vaccine clinics will be posted at Students, faculty and staff should monitor the site for the latest information and follow these instructions to schedule an appointment. Free parking is available in Area 49 and lot ST-4.

WVU Medicine Student Health has the Pfizer vaccine available for WVU students at its clinic in the Health and Education Building. Walk-in appointments are offered during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

The Monongalia County Health Department is also offering free vaccinations by appointment on most days at its facility at 453 Van Voorhis Rd. Anyone who wishes to be vaccinated can call 304-598-5119 to schedule an appointment. Other vaccination opportunities can be found at

Students, faculty and staff who already have verified their vaccination status for their primary vaccine series and have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should visit the Vaccine Verification System and enter details on their booster via StarRez (WVU’s housing portal) at by following these instructions

Students, faculty and staff who have not yet verified their vaccination status with the University for any COVID-19 vaccine are asked to do so by visiting and following these instructions. A video tutorial also is available.

Safety Protocols

For personal safety and the safety of others, students and employees should not ignore symptoms of COVID-19. Those with any COVID-19 symptoms should not report to campus for work or class.

All WVU community members are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. In Morgantown, students and employees should report their positive results to  

Visit the Return to Campus website for more information and to view current COVID-19 dashboards. COVID-19 and related questions can be submitted or sent via email to