Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 11/19/2020 @ 11 a.m.

UWY 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 for four weeks. All student-related activities continue to operate fully remotely.

UW Discourages Holiday Travel
Due to the exponential increase in COVID-19 infections in Washington and around the United States, the UW strongly discourages all non-essential travel by students, faculty and staff, including holiday travel.

Looking ahead to winter quarter

As we begin the new academic year, our goal remains the same: provide a high-quality Husky Experience for every student. Information and resources for studentsfor faculty and for staff are available. Winter quarter will operate like autumn quarter on all three UW campuses: most courses will be taught remotely. Individual study spaces are available on campus with a reservation.

We can save lives and stop COVID-19 if each of us does our part. 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 is in Phase 2

  • Face coverings are required at all times
  • Gatherings of no more than 5 people at a time (while practicing social distancing)
  • Telework strongly encouraged

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.

Coming to campus?

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


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. Currently, testing is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, December 5 – from 10am - 3pm

The mobile testing lab will be set up in the parking lot across the street from the Tacoma Paper & Stationery Building at 1735 S. Jefferson. Additional testing dates will be scheduled on campus. You can also get tested at any of the other 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 during the fall quarter. Testing will be provided at no cost at designated testing sites on the Seattle campus, and with self-administered tests provided at the Bothell and Tacoma campuses. The COVID-19 testing will be 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.

Winter quarter 2021

The UW has announced that Winter quarter will be held much like Autumn quarter, with the majority of classes held remotely. In light of current and expected coronavirus case counts in Washington, 85% of all class sections on the Tacoma campus will be held online. Only those classes that cannot be taught remotely will be held in person, with all appropriate safety measures and physical distancing in place. The UW Tacoma time schedule indicates whether courses and sections will be taught in person or remotely.

With a few exceptions based on academic program, students have the option to choose an entirely online schedule if they wish. We urge students to address their questions about their course schedules to their academic advisors and course instructors. Further revisions to our plans could occur if, for example, state or local governments re-introduce more restrictive health measures.

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.