As we head into autumn quarter, the University continues our multi-layered approach to COVID-19 prevention as outlined in Dr. Gottlieb’s message to the UW community and described in the University’s updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
Please refer to the University’s COVID-19 Guidelines Summary for a quick reference to current COVID-19 prevention policies and guidance. Highlights include:
1. Face coverings are strongly recommended in most indoor settings for the first two weeks of autumn quarter. Afterwards, face coverings are recommended or strongly recommended indoors based on COVID-19 Community Levels for King and Pierce Counties. Currently, King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties are at low level.
- Face coverings continue to be required in healthcare settings, on UW Shuttles serving healthcare facilities, after exposure, and after COVID-19 illness.
- High-quality masks continue to be available for free in locations on each UW campus.
- Units can purchase masks from the Clean and Safe Storefront.
2. Isolation Guidance was updated: Quarantine is no longer required after close contact with a person who has COVID-19. Follow instructions on the updated flowchart if you test positive, are exposed, or have symptoms.
3. Self-monitoring for symptoms required daily (no reporting): Do not come to work or class, and follow instructions on the flowchart if you experience COVID-19 symptoms that are not attributable to another condition.
4. Reporting a positive test result to the UW is required. If a student or personnel reports a positive test to an instructor or supervisor, instructors and supervisors instruct individuals to submit the reporting form. Supervisors and instructors can also notify firstname.lastname@example.org. Positive cases are reflected in the University’s case counts. Read about how the University responds to a positive case at a University location.
5. Vaccination: Students and personnel are required to get the primary vaccination series or have a University-approved exemption; boosters are highly recommended. Get vaccinated and boosted through UW Medicine, at upcoming UW pop-up clinics, or at local clinics and pharmacies.
6. Testing: Get tested if you develop symptoms, if you are exposed, before or upon returning to the UW after academic breaks, before and after a large social event or gathering.
- No-cost testing options are available to personnel and students.
- Read about the differences between PCR and antigen tests.
7. FAQs: Know what to do if someone in your workplace or classroom has symptoms.
Check the What’s New section of the COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for a list of recently updated guidance materials. Please also refer to the UW’s COVID-19 facts and resources website for additional guidance.
Wishing you a healthy and successful start to the academic year.