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WVU eases mask requirements on PRT, university buses across all campuses

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.


Potomac State College -- COVID-19 testing schedule

The local Mineral County Health Department is offering the community free COVID-19 testing as follows:  

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mineral County Health Department
541 Harley O. Staggers Drive
Keyser WV 26726

Community testing through the MCHD is open to Potomac State College students, employees and residents of Mineral County. Individuals who wish to be tested must bring identification (a driver's license or proof of address) to the testing site. Face masks and physical distancing are required.

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   

Potomac State College – free vaccine sites in Keyser:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 45 South Mineral Street, (304) 788-3443
  • Med-A-Save Pharmacy, 818 South Mineral Street, (304) 788-6010
  • Walgreens Pharmacy, 839 South Mineral Street, (304) 788-5931
  • Walmart Pharmacy, Located in the Walmart Supercenter, 148 US Route 220, (304) 788-8170
  • Mineral County Health Department, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 541 Harley O. Staggers Drive by appointment, (304) 788-1321 

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