Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 1/20/2021 @ 8:00 a.m.

UW Y Closure
Adapting to newly announced state restrictions to address the spread of COVID-19, the University Y Student Center has closed to in-person access effective Tues., Nov. 17. All student-related activities continue to operate fully remotely.

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The coronavirus continues to infect more than 200,000 people in the United States each day and January is poised to be the most tragic month of the pandemic to date. While vaccines are being administered here in Washington and beyond, vaccination efforts are not expected to contain the virus enough to allow for significant relaxation of health restrictions by the start of spring quarter on March 29.

As a result, during spring quarter we plan to continue most courses online, similar to winter quarter, while at the same time planning to offer more in-person student services and activities as the quarter progresses and as state and local health guidelines allow. Depending on health guidelines, instructors will also have the flexibility to offer optional, in-person, class-related activities, such as physically distanced advising, so long as students taking those courses remotely are not disadvantaged.

While the prospects for spring are not what any of us would have hoped, based on projections from health experts we are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus for an autumn quarter with largely in-person classes. Summer session courses will likely be a mix of remote and in-person courses, as health guidelines allow. We are also in active discussions about ways in which we can safely and appropriately recognize those who will graduate this year, because we know how meaningful these events are to graduates and their families.

Our goal remains the same during this pandemic: provide a high-quality Husky Experience for every student. Information and resources for studentsfor faculty and for staff are available. Individual study spaces are available on campus with a reservation.

If you are coming to campus, follow the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance and Wash your hands. If you are sick, you must stay home. Return to this page for updates as new information becomes available.

The University of Washington's coronavirus webpage is also updated frequently as new information is available.

Current Healthy Washington status: Phase 1

The University of Washington’s Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 recovery, in accordance with the state’s Healthy Washington plan and its Campus Reopening Guide.

  • Face coverings are required at all times
  • Gatherings of no more than 5 people at a time (while practicing social distancing)
  • Telework strongly encouraged
  • Majority of courses offered remotely. Only instruction with approved safety protocols may be offered in-person.

UW Tacoma campus buildings are currently closed to public access. While most physical offices are closed, services are available by phone, email or online. See "Accessing campus services remotely" for details.

COVID-19 vaccine

UW Medicine has developed a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine and answers to common questions. At this time the vaccine is being given to those at the highest risk: healthcare workers and people living in long-term care facilities. We do not yet know how or when the vaccine will be distributed to others.

Coming to campus?

If you are coming to campus, remember the  3 Ws: Wear your mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance.

Students

If you are coming to campus for an in-person class or to study, you must complete the Student Wellness Check-in first. This must be done every time before you come to campus.

Faculty and staff

  • If you are coming back to campus for the first time this academic year: All employees must complete the 20-minute online training video on COVID-19 prevention developed by UW Environmental Health & Safety. After you finish viewing, you and your (Workday) supervisor will receive emails confirming that you have completed the required training.
  • Every day you visit campus: Complete the attestation in Workday to confirm you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Mobile Testing

UW Tacoma is offering free testing for students, faculty and staff through the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's mobile testing labs. You can also get tested at any of the mobile testing lab dates offered by TPCHD.

Husky Coronavirus Testing

The Husky Coronavirus Testing program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study – the group that was the first to report community spread of COVID-19 in the United States. Enrollment is encouraged for all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus regularly or living in group housing in nearby neighborhoods. Testing is provided at no cost with self-administered tests provided at the Tacoma campus. The COVID-19 testing is performed by the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, which runs the Seattle Flu Study.

When do you report?

UW Environmental Health & Safety, in coordination with local and state public health agencies, responds to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UW community and takes action to prevent further transmission.

The public health response activities include a case interview, risk assessment, providing guidance for self-isolation, notifications to those impacted and contact tracing.

To help you determine when and how to report, view the graphic When Do You Report?

For more details about UW’s reporting requirements, see COVID-19 Case Response.


Statement of values

UW Tacoma follows established public health and safety guidelines intended to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19 in the broader community while at the same time understanding that individual decisions have collective impact. We strive to ensure maximum feasible access for students, and to recognize student academic work so that any disruption as a result of a UW Tacoma decision does not disadvantage their future academic progress, including admission to their preferred major in the months or years to come.