The West Virginia University School of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported observation results for the eighth week of 'MASCUP!', an ongoing mask observation study.

The purpose of the study is to estimate the percentage of people within the WVU community wearing masks correctly and, ultimately, increase the proportion of people who use masks correctly. Observing mask use can assist universities with determining the adherence among students, faculty and staff to inform public health decision-making.

For the week of April 5-11, 555 people were observed. Of those observed:

  • 504 (90.8 percent) wore masks
  • 51 (9.2 percent) did not wear masks
  • 454 (90.1 percent) of those wearing masks wore them correctly
  • 298 (59.1 percent) wore a cloth mask, representing the most common mask type

Since the start of the observation period (Feb. 15), the eight CDC-trained student observers have reported observing a total of 3,650 individuals. Of that total, 3,419 (93.7 percent) wore masks and 3,128 (91.5 percent) wore them correctly.  

To see a week-by-week comparison, visit the Mask Observation Results page.

WVU is one of 60 colleges and universities across the country participating in MASCUP!, which stands for Mask Adherence Surveillance at Colleges and Universities Project.

As observations continue (through Sunday, April 25*), the School of Public Health and University will continue to share the results on a weekly basis.

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*Updated on 4/20/21: Changed from Sunday, May 9, to Sunday, April 25.

CONTACT: Nikky Luna, Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU School of Public Health