Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 5/3/2021 @ 3:54 p.m.

All Washington residents age 16 and up are now eligible to be vaccinated at no cost.
Appointments available at UW Medicine and many other providers. Learn more.

Pierce County has moved back to Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington plan effective April 16, 2021. This does not change any of our current campus policies or courses.
King County is in Phase 3. Face coverings are required at all UW campuses and facilities.

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As of April 16, the University of Washington’s Bothell and Seattle campuses are in Phase 3 and the Tacoma campus is in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery, in accordance with the state’s Healthy Washington plan (pdf) and its Campus Reopening Guide (pdf).

  • Face coverings are required on all campuses, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.
  • The majority of courses are offered remotely.
  • Telework is supported through Sept. 10, 2021. If an employee can telework and it does not impede operations, they should be allowed to do so.
  • On-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures, the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree and unit COVID-19 Prevention Plans.
  • Non-instructional events and gatherings must follow applicable restrictions from the state and University, including limits on attendees based on whether the event is indoors or outdoors.

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.

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 available to anyone 16 years of age or older at no cost. Appointments available at UW Medicine and many other providers. Learn more.

In order to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, academic personnel, staff and broader community, the University of Washington will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Before the start of autumn quarter, students will need to verify they have been vaccinated unless they are claiming a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. This is similar to our existing tri-campus immunization requirement. If students are unable to verify they are vaccinated because they can’t get vaccinated where they currently live, the University will provide access to vaccinations upon arrival on campus. Early this summer, we will share how students can verify their COVID-19 vaccination or claim an exemption. 

Autumn Quarter 2021

We look forward to safely returning for in-person instruction and activities this autumn. Since the UW is on a quarter system, we have even more time to prepare classrooms and campus facilities for the start of autumn quarter on Sept. 29. Our experts know how to ready UW Tacoma’s living, learning and working spaces so you can come to campus for largely in-person classes and activities. As vaccination rates and vaccine availability continue to climb in our region, we will continue making decisions that reflect the most current public health guidance. Learn more

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.