COVID-19 policy and guidance updates


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. 

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 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. 

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.