Novel coronavirus information

January 27, 2022

Where to pick up free, high-quality masks starting Jan. 31

The University of Washington is expanding distribution of high-quality masks to the University community beginning Jan. 31. These include KN95, KF94, N95 and surgical masks, all of which have been approved by UW Environmental Health & Safety.

Masks will be available to UW students and personnel at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seattle campus

UW Bothell

  • KN95s are being distributed directly to students and personnel
  • Surgical masks are available in dispensers placed at building entrances

UW Tacoma

  • Limited supply of KN95 masks available one-per-person at the UW Tacoma Library and the University Y Help Desk
  • Surgical masks are available in dispensers placed at building entrances

The University has purchased 20,000 KN95 masks for this initial distribution and has another 70,000 on order. Additional supplies will be ordered as necessary based on demand and additional surgical masks will be distributed if supplies of KN95, KF94, and/or N95 masks run low.

UW units needing supplies of masks should purchase those and other PPE from the UW Clean and Safe Storefront via a budget number. The locations above are intended to supply masks for individual use only and are not stocked to supply masks in bulk for other units, labs, or classrooms.

The UW has distributed more than 300,000 surgical masks over the course of the pandemic. This is in addition to roughly 9,000 KN95 masks, large quantities of N95s and other job-specific PPE, and the mailing of two cloth face coverings to UW students in advance of autumn quarter 2020.