Coronavirus/COVID-19 Facts and Resources

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Last update: 9/14/2020 @ 2:25 p.m.

Staying safe as we plan for the future

We can save lives and stop COVID-19 if each of us does our part. The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat this disease.

At this time, only employees designated as critical should be working in-person and only at the direction of their supervisor. EH&S maintains health and safety guidance for UW employees supporting critical operations.

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

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:

  • Thursday, October 8 - from 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday, October 24 - from 10am - 3pm
  • 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 in the voluntary testing program begins Sept. 24 and 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.

Current campus status

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.

Autumn quarter 2020

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 has been updated and indicates whether courses and sections will now be taught in person or remotely. Additional changes may occur and these will be updated in the time schedule.

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. While we have every expectation that this will be the schedule in place at the beginning and throughout autumn quarter, we have all seen that the trajectory of the pandemic can change rapidly. Further revisions to our plans could occur if, for example, state or local governments re-introduce more restrictive health measures.

Read more about plans for Autumn 2020


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.