COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources

Updated July 23, 2021, at 11:52 a.m.

The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) has developed COVID-19 prevention guidance and resources for the UW community.
Additional information for the UW community about COVID-19 is available on the UW Novel coronavirus & COVID-19 page.

UW students or employees reporting a positive COVID-19 test result, close contact exposure or a related issue, please email or call 206.616.3344.

EH&S is currently providing the full range of on-site services.

What's new

New and updated COVID-19 guidance 

COVID-19 safety policies and guidelines in effect as of July 7, 2021

  1. Physical distancing is no longer required regardless of vaccination status in most settings: Physical distancing is recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated when in crowded areas or in spaces that are not well ventilated. Physical distancing is still required for health care, child care, and K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Vaccinations: The new UW COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and FAQs specify the requirements, guidance, and deadlines for units, UW personnel and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or declare a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption).
  3. Face covering requirements are relaxed for individuals who are fully vaccinated in most settings. Supervisors must verify an individual they supervise has submitted a COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form indicating they are fully vaccinated before allowing the individual to go without a mask in the workplace. Read the updated policy and FAQs on the University’s Face Covering Requirements webpage.
  4. Submission of the daily symptom attestation is no longer required in most settings. Exceptions include health care, child care, and K-12 settings. Individuals must continue to self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home or go home if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Visitor logs are no longer required unless there is a unit or location-specific requirement to maintain them.

      COVID-19 guidance that will be reviewed and updated through July 30, 2021

      1. COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for In-Person Events  
      2. COVID-19 Safety Training: Back to the Workplace 
      3. Workplace COVID-19 Risk Level and Selection of Personal Protective Equipment  
      4. Eating Space Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention   
      5. Study Space Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention 
      6. Guidance for Plexiglass Barriers 
      7. COVID-19 Information for Units with Contractors and Vendors Working on Site 
      8. Return to On-Site Work Decision Tree 
      9. Building Readiness Guidelines
      10. Building maintenance guidance
      11. UW Guidance for Symptom Monitoring for COVID-19

      COVID-19 guidance no longer in effect as of July 7, 2021

      COVID-19 safety measures remain in effect with no changes

      1. Daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
      2. Report COVID-19 illness and close contact: When Do You Report?
      3. COVID-19 Case Response
      4. Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
      5. How contact tracing works at the UW

      Refer to the University's COVID-19 recovery status webpage for additional information on a safe return to the workplace.

      EH&S will update its guidance as new information becomes available. 

      Join the EH&S COVID-19 mailing list get regular updates. Click on "Enter this group" to add yourself to the list. You must log in with your UWNetID to access the mailing list.

      COVID-19 resources

      More information

      In addition to these resources, the UW Novel coronavirus & COVID-19: facts and resources page has information about the University's response to COVID-19 and public health guidance for the UW community.



      Environmental Health & Safety Department Contact

      (206) 543-7262
      Reference Files 
      COVID-19 Ventilation FAQs
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